Many herbs are recommended to avoid during pregnancy and lactation, or throughout childbearing years of life in case of a pregnancy occurring. Many others can be safe and beneficial for pregnancy, lactation, and general preventive health.
In general if a herb is considered safe for pregnancy then it would likely be well tolerated in smaller amounts by children too. All products will tend to have some disclaimer about consulting with your physician before use if pregnant, the statement protects them from liability.
Note that Dandelion is not on the avoid list. All parts of the dandelion plant are beneficial against neuroinflammation and act as anti-microbials. Sweet Wormwood is on the avoid list, (utep.edu), and is to be avoided during childbearing years. Another of the wormwood family, Artemisia afra, is used by women of childbearing age in some malaria areas of Africa. All of the mugwort family are strong anti-microbials - helpful against parasites like malaria, viral or bacterial infections, and helpful in cancer and autoimmune conditions, or as iron chelators for chronic inflammation and fatigue of LongCovid or ME/CFS type conditions.
When trying anything new it is best to only try one new thing for a week or so and then if new symptoms arise it will be less confusing. Stop the new thing and see if the symptoms stop - if so, don’t start using it again. An elimination diet is the reverse - stop the old things, reach a baseline health. Slowly add things back to see if negative symptoms return - if so, continue to eliminate that food. It was inflammatory.
Chewable supplements can also be cut in smaller pieces for smaller people or crushed and added to foods like applesauce for younger children. A powdered One-a-day supplement mix would likely be tolerated by children in the smaller ratios. Read the label to avoid any that also contain caffeine like stimulants.
My forum site peace-is-happy.org has prenatal and early childhood topics along with sustainable small home construction, ground water resources, biodiversity and peace.
Mindfulness is a frequent theme on the blog which also has an extensive series on the placebo/nocebo effect. As parents we need to realize that we can hand our children an internal voice that is empowering or fill them with self doubt and criticism - they learn what they hear from us!
Links and transcripts for my "How Are You Feeling?" podcast series is also located on the site. Learning how our moods can be affected by what we ate, or didn't eat enough of is something we need to learn and to teach our children.
General guidance - I always read the inert ingredients and avoid all products that use 'gelatin capsules' as it may contain glyphosate residue - and glyphosate is a health risk. Vegan or vegetarian would be labels suggesting no animal gelatin. Non-GMO ingredients may not be enough information because 'cattle' are not considered GMO animals even if they are fed GMO crops. The glyphosate seems to be incorporated into the protein structure of plants or animals exposed to it.
Avoid titanium dioxide due to nanoparticle risk. It is a trace mineral used as a whitening agent but it contains naonparticles of the metal and may be a health risk. It is difficult for the body to remove nanoparticles. Pomegranate peel can help by clumping nanoparticles into larger clusters that the body is able to identify as a negative and remove. *There are likely other ingredients to avoid but those two are frequent issues to avoid.
The Basic Stack from my Protocol Collation & Therapy Goals (document) (pdf) is based on The Zelenko Protocol (Z-Stack) and other protocols but it has a few additions for better nutrient balance and inflammation support.
The Basic Stack is similar to other recommendations for CoV preventive care or early treatment by the FLCCC (covid19criticalcare.com/treatment protocols); and World Council for Health:
Stephen Harrod Buhner passed away last year but left many brilliant protocols including one for Prenatal guidance for Covid19. (pdf in my Dropbox) His website with more pdfs available on varied health topics: (StephenHarrodBuhner.com - Articles).
Z-Stack: Dr. Zelenko is a CoV health hero who showed how early treatment works. The once a day preventive and early treatment Z-Stack by Dr. Zelenko puts the four nutrients he used for treatment into one bottle (two capsules/day) and is available in adult and children versions. Dr. Zelenko added a DTox and Flu product before passing away in 2022 from a long term cancer.
The Z-Stack contains 30 mg zinc, 500 mg quercetin, 5000 IU vit D3 and 800 mg vit C - in 2 capsules. The directions say take two at one meal once a day, however taking one at breakfast and dinner would provide more vitamin C availability throughout the 24 hours. One a day as prevention and add a second at the first sign of a cold might be another way to use them.
These products are not inexpensive, and you could likely save money by looking for the individual supplements - but that adds up in money too, and also in the number of capsules to swallow. Whatever works and Food Counts too! Food sources for the Basic Stack are included later on this webpage and more information is on other pages of the site; See Nutrients and Cofactors for list formats of most of the essential nutrients and important cofactors. Quercetin and other herbals are on page Phytonutrients.
If one particular zinc ionophore is not available or not tolerated, many others are known within the phytonutrient world. See the next section.
Zinc Ionophores / Iron Chelators / Anti-parasitic / Anti-microbial.
Iron chelators in the spice cupboard - oregano - it could be made into tea with citrus peel or pomegranate peel and thyme is also tasty and beneficial.
Of that list, quercetin, EGCG, black seed oil, garlic, NAC, and resveratrol are safe for use in pregnancy. The risk of olive leaf extract during pregnancy is unknown. Avoid Black Walnut Extract and Goldenseal products, and artemisinin or Sweet Wormwood during pregnancy. Whether berberine extract is safe in pregnancy I am not sure - Goldenseal specifically is a risk. Oregano or basil essential oil is recommended to avoid. Oregano oil may induce uterine contractions and avoidance during pregnancy is recommended.
Note that Dandelion is not on the list. Sweet Wormwood is, (utep.edu), and is to be avoided in childbearing years. Another of the wormwood family, Artemisia afra, is used by women of childbearing age in some malaria areas of Africa - other sources say don't use any Artemisia species during pregnancy. Fertility may be negatively effected.
"Raspberry leaf, nettles, alfalfa, and dandelion" are traditionally used in pregnancy and eating them as a vegetable is encouraged rather than as an isolate extract with a few phytonutrients emphasized. (White, pdf in my Dropbox) Spring dandelion greens make a delicious salad. The medicinal benefits are increased when the leaves are dried and used in tea. Dandelion root is quite potent and I only use about a half inch length in a pot of tea (chopped up before drying, it becomes tough). I picked raspberry leaves when pregnant and used it in a long-steep tea - which is stronger than a cup of herbal tea made with a teabag.
Limiting caffeine and avoiding nicotine is generally recommended in pregnancy, however, the chimeric spike may make nicotine lozenges a Health Aid during our Special Times :-). The modified sequence for the jab version is a worse nAChR blocker and that would increase miscarriage risk by causing failure of the zygote to implant. You are not likely to hear that information from a physician.
A mixed product by Dr. Jen VanDeWater for LongCovid type recovery includes dandelion, nattokinase, black seed oil, and black salvia and green tea extracts, and Irish Sea Moss. All would be helpful. Pomegranate peel would be a green tea extract substitute and resistant starches that promote butyrate species would be an Irish Sea Moss substitute. Black seed oil is strong enough, yet safe for pregnancy, to be considered an Ivermectin substitute on the FLCCC early treatment protocol. this product only contains 500 mg of black seed oil. I use a teaspoon which is approximately 5 grams and I use it twice a day when feeling an autoimmune flair up. And I use it topically on shingles and it is soothing and healing fairly quickly. Mixed products are convenient but can be a very expensive way to get not much of the aid. I pick dandelions in season and dry pom peel and have LOTS of both at this point.
(Gargouri, et al., 2017) Gargouri, M., Magné, C., Saad, H., Ben Amara, I., El Feki, A., (2017). Dandelion-enriched diet of mothers alleviates lead-induced damages in liver of newborn rats. Cellular and molecular biology. 63. 67-75. 10.14715/cmb/2017.63.2.10.
Vit C general guidance:
Take once a day as maintenance and if ill - increase to every 12-8-6 hours depending on severity of symptoms. It will seem soothing if needed.
As a water-soluble nutrient, the more frequently we get some vitamin C, the more frequently we will still have some. Vitamin C may help with cytokine storm during an infection or after strenuous exercise or immune challenge from a vaccine. Take prior to receiving traditional vaccines and the immune response may be improved and risk of excess cytokines reduced.Vitamin C also helps detox heavy metals like aluminum and mercury.
For a sensitive gut, Buffered Vitamin C may be better tolerated than standard vitamin C. Buffered vitamin C is gentler on a sensitive gut, less acidic and slower release. The Buffered Vitamin C example would provide 500 mg each which also might be more tolerable than a typical 1000 mg supplement. It provides some calcium and magnesium as the buffering agents. Liposomal vitamin C would be well tolerated. The children’s chewable vitamin C in 300 mg might be better tolerated also. A large acid load can trigger GI discomfort in IBS or colitis.
Chewable supplements can also be cut in smaller pieces for upset bellies or smaller people; or be crushed and added to foods like applesauce for younger children.
Little DaVinci, 90 Chewables, 1 unit ($22.99) each - 300 mg vitamin C, 30 mg citrus bioflavonoids, 5 mg each pectin and rosehips. Contains natural cranberry flavor, which may be a histamine trigger. (davincilabs.com)
Integrative Therapeutics, 180 capsules
$40.99 $32.79; 2 vegetable cellulose capsules provide:
Allergy Research Group, 120 capsules, $18.99 Serving Size: 2 capsules (500 mg vitamin C, 95 mg calcium 52 mg magnesium in each vegetarian capsule) (~ Breakfast and dinner, or one a day for maintenance and increase if ill.) (allergyresearchgroup.com)
Quicksilver Scientific, 1.7 Ounces, 1 unit ($33.99) each. Serving 2 ml (4 pumps) providing:
Liposomal Vitamin C would be well tolerated and better absorbed than standard vitamin C. Take 1-3 times a day, especially if acutely inflamed, or fighting an infection, take throughout the day, 1 serving, during the night also, if sleep is disrupted anyway. Lipoic acid is a gentle antioxidant needed for mitochondrial support and phosphatidylcholine is helpful for membrane health and choline needs are increased in pregnancy. The product would likely be safe during pregnancy. All products will tend to have some disclaimer about consulting with your physician before use - that removes their liability.
These products are all available through Fullscript.com - a supplement dispensary site with a catalog of 20,000+ products from many companies, where I am also an affiliate practitioner. People who sign up under my account can order from my protcols, or browse and order from the entire catalog and get a 20% discount, and I make a 15% commission. I can email individuals but need to include a product recommendation - you don't have to buy it. How to reply or ask questions of me is less clear, unfortunately. On the site I have protocols for PCOS, Leptin Resistance, Adaptogens for General Well-being or Brain Fog, Iodine/Thyroid and Sleep, and Health Aids for Special Times which includes these vitamin C products.
The Basic Stack is helpful prevention, but if recovery is slow or relapses and unusual new symptoms are occurring, more support is needed - either to reduce hyperinflammation effects or to combat specific issues that the chimeric spike may be causing. Autoimmune conditions may also have been generated. Vitamin D adequacy is needed prior to an immune challenge to help the body not create autoimmune antibodies against self proteins.
(Davidson and Winey, 2021) Davidson, Robert & Winey, Timothy. (2021). Vitamin C Mitigating and Rescuing from Synergistic Toxicity: Sodium Fluoride, Silicofluorides, Aluminum Salts, Electromagnetic Pollution, and SARS-CoV-2. International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research. 1. 10.56098/ijvtpr.v1i2.12.
Good food sources of vitamin D3 include:
We make vitamin D with sunshine or UV containing light - unless glyphosate residue is interfering from within protein structures that were intended to be enzymes for vitamin D metabolism.
Fortified dairy sources and one-a-day supplements use vitamin D2. The problem: it would not be as bioactive as a vitamin D3 supplement or food, if there is a glyphosate effect causing malfunctioning enzymes.
Bonus: Sunshine helps immune function by helping us make water soluble forms of vitamin D & A; and helps circadian cycle function - anti-aging & anti-inflammatory. It may also help keep vitamin D and A in balance when Retinoid toxicity is a problem by using up stores of vitamin A in the bright light and producing extra vitamin D.
For more about the role of vitamin D in preventing autoimmune disease in pregnancy and at other times, see page Autoimmune & Vitamin D on (effectivecare.info).
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This is a good mix. I take St. John's Wort for serotonin support. Lemon Balm is helpful agains radiation sickness which hyperinflammation is similar too. Turmeric is a Vitamin D Receptor activator and a TRP channel activator - people with Irritable Bowel or colitis symptoms may find it to be an irritant. I take NAC and my use of pomegranate peel provides some EGCG and other similar polyphenols.
Phytonutrients are particularly good for autoimmune like lingering illness as they modulate which genes will be transcribed and can reduce the inflammatory production and help switch our cells to making more anti-inflammatory proteins. Nrf2 promoting phytonutrients help increase glutathione production and both turmeric and EGCG are Nf2 promoters.
(Choi, et al., 2020) Choi BR, Cho IJ, Jung SJ, Kim JK, Park SM, Lee DG, Ku SK, Park KM. Lemon balm and dandelion leaf extract synergistically alleviate ethanol-induced hepatotoxicity by enhancing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. J Food Biochem. 2020 Aug;44(8):e13232. doi: 10.1111/jfbc.13232. Epub 2020 Jun 4. PMID: 32497278.
Methyl B complex or one-a-day provides the active forms of folate and B12 which we need for energy, growth and nerve signaling. Mitochondrial support needs a range of nutrients, essential for us too - making a good one-a-day complex helpful. Methyl forms of folate and B12 can save the body time for anyone or would be the active form for people who are ill in part because of methylation difficulties from genetic differences or reduced function of the body during aging or illness.
Switch the mindset that overweight is excess food and think of overweight as excess inflammation and lack of key nutrients. Anytime we are inflamed we need extra vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, and all the B vitamins. Niacin and butyrate in particular help the body to remove excess inflammation. Oxidative stress adds to leptin resistance or excess issues that can occur with overweight and flavonoids can help or other antioxidants by reducing the oxidative chemicals. B vitamins are needed in increased amounts during pregnancy and for overweight or inflamed individuals.
Regarding Weight Gain in Pregnancy: During pregnancy it is important to not lose weight for the baby's future body weight. Epigenetic changes can occur if a mother is malnourished during pregnancy that cause the baby to have gene changes that conserve energy - helpful in a famine, but a risk for obesity when calories are plentiful. Women who begin pregnancy overweight should gain slower with a reduced total gain but ~ 10-15 pound weight gain is still recommended compared to 25-28 for a woman who begins the pregnancy near ideal body weight range. Prior to conception is the time to work on weight loss and detox. Weight loss may also occur fairly easily during breast feeding.
Caution - Do The Math!
How much is the sum amount of all mixed supplements being used?
Do not add too many mixed supplements to a routine along with a one-a-day without checking the math for the grand total as some trace minerals can also reach toxicity quickly (zinc, manganese, copper, and boron are examples of minerals that can reach toxicity within a fairly narrow range).
One-a-day substitute: Using a Trace Mineral mix with a Methyl B complex and a vitamin D3 provides most of a one-a-day without the vitamin A which I can't have as an example person who does better without a one-a-day supplement.
Examples of Methyl B mixed supplements:
CoQ10 is an important mitochondrial support nutrient that would also be helpful if not using a one-a-day. Better mixed supplements include it. Dose of 100-200 mg per day might be used. It is a pricier supplement. Example of a chewable version; which is uncommon:
Citrus-Q10 100 (100mg), Douglas Labs, 60 tablets
$63.99 $51.19 -chewables, vegan/vegetarian. (douglaslabs.com) *The prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price minus 20% discount as a Fullscript client of mine. This product example is in my Health Aids for Special Times protocol.
Iodine: Trace Mineral mixes may or may not have iodine, read the label. Extra iodine above the RDA (~150 mcg) is likely helpful for both mom and baby during pre-conception, pregnancy, and breast feeding. At least 250 mcg iodine should be used. See: Iodine in Pregnancy and Lactation. (Substack)
Caution: People with hyperthyroidism need to restrict iodine intake and rich food sources of iodine. Continue taking selenium as it helps breakdown excess thyroid hormone.
Trace Minerals Complex, Seeking Health, 30 capsules
$15.99 $12.79 - this mix does have 250 mcg of iodine.
Optimox® Iodoral® 12.5mg, Optimox, (90 tablets)
$38.99 $31.19 - this is high dose iodine providing an equivalent amount to the traditional seaweed rich Japanese diet. The tablets are scored so they can be broken in half for a smaller 'high dose'. Selenium should be taken at the same time. Prior to pregnancy would be the ideal time to work on improving iodine levels as bromide and fluoride are flushed out of the body once adequate iodine is available.
Selenium, Thorne, (60 methylcellulose capsules)
$10.00 $8.00 (200 mcg) take one a day.
Methyl Donor B vitamins and Betaine (TMG).
Food Sources of Folate, the bioactive natural form, include:
Food Sources of Vitamin B12 include:
Food Sources of Choline include:
Food Sources of Betaine (Trimethylglycine) include:
BPA is a chemical that is a methyl 'robber' and it should be avoided - the slick surface of register receipts and the plasticized lining of tin cans are sources. See: Methyl Donors & BPA, (transcendingsquare.com)
More recently - infection and immune challenge causes a greatly increased need for thiamin and supplementation would be needed to achieve therapeutic goals. See: Operation Thiamine – Reducing the Need for Hospitalization of Patients with COVID-19.
Riboflavin is the yellow B vitamin that turns your pee the color of a yellow highlighter marker. It has antiviral benefits in higher doses.
Niacin in higher amounts can help fight infection and remove inflammation as warmth - a half hour or so of 'niacin flush' is obvious and gets minor as health improves. It would not be recommended during pregnancy but might help during pre-conception detox and would likely be safe with moderate use during lactation. Gradual increase and gradual withdrawal is critical, months, not weeks or days.
See: COVID19, summary of nutrients that might help prevent, treat, recover. (transcendingsquare.com)
B Vitamins - they are a team - I think of the B vitamins as our Baseball team.
We need all the players for good health. Deficiency of one can cause deficiency of others. Trace minerals can also affect each other - excess of one leading to deficiency of others. Zinc and copper need to be in balance. Magnesium deficiency can cause a low level of calcium and potassium. Low potassium worsens the risks of excess sodium.
The B vitamins were an unidentified group of chemicals that were all given numbers. Some were found to be essential vitamins and others weren't found to be essential, leaving a gap in the numbering system.
Some people may have a genetic need for high dose vitamin B6 and zinc for life, due to increased urinary losses. The condition, pyroluria, is controversial and rarely tested for or treated, though the treatment is simple,. Take the high dose supplements everyday. It causes severe anxiety and other symptoms to be deficient in B6 and zinc.
*The posts on transcendingsquare.com do not include my more recent work but have the basics about deficiency symptoms and reference links.
Prenatal vitamins include 18 mg of iron typically and if the larger prenatal vitamin is not tolerated an 18 mg iron supplement might be prescribed instead. Yes, it can be constipating. Milder forms of iron may be available for self pay. Adequate folate and other B vitamins help produce functional red blood cells. Extra iron is needed during pregnancy and iron rich cuts of meat like liver from an organically raised cow once a month. Pumpkin seeds are rich in many important trace minerals including iron and zinc and provides phospholipids that support a good magnesium back stock. We need protein or phospholipid carriers for magnesium and other electrically active minerals or they can cause damage.
Iron overload can increase inflammation. Is 18 mg of iron really needed? Food can provide plenty and a lower dose as a supplement might be better tolerated. Anemia can involve blood loss, which means extra protein and B vitamins would be needed, or it can be due to lack of folate or B12.
Iron deficiency anemia can be a severe problem for menstruating women and growing children. Parasitic infections or helminths (worms) can be a causal factor or excess blood loss. Excessive menstrual bleeding or prenatal complications with blood loss can be a risk for severe anemia. Diets with too large a ratio of natural iron chelators in plant foods to the heme-iron content of the foods are also a common reason for iron deficiency anemia. Verna, et al., are working with bean leaves as a rich source of iron for supplement use. Algae and mushrooms are also gaining use as iron sources for supplements. (Verna, et al., 2021) Microalgal preparations were found to increase hemoglobin regeneration more than ferric citrate in a animal based study. (Gao et al., 2019)
"Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a threat in many developing countries ; helminths and other parasite infections may cause anemia [24,25,26,27]. IDA is often associated with unbalanced nutritional regimes, rich in natural phytochelators, with poor heme content , and/or excessive blood loss. Not surprisingly, IDA is frequent in women (as a consequence of menstrual bleeding) [29,30] and children ." (CC BY the authors Verna, et al., 2021)
Anti-microbial herbs may help protect the microbiome from becoming iron depleting. Including more vitamin C in the diet increases absorption of the plant food non-heme iron. Food sources and meal ideas are included in a section below.
Floradix is an iron and phytonutrient liquid supplement with a long history of satisfied customers. It has been available at health food stores for a long time.
Floradix® Iron + Herbs Liquid Herbal Supplement
Salus/Floradix, 8.5 Ounces
$48.99 $39.19 *Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price minus 20% discount on Fullscript as a client of mine. (floradixusa.com)
Cooking with an iron skillet seems like a less expensive option however this is providing a chelated form of iron bound to a molecule of glucose. So it may be better absorbed and less constipating. Ten milliliters is about two teaspoons. I would give a four year old one teaspoon rather than two, or mix half a teaspoon in food to check tolerance. This product also has B vitamins including 6.75 mcg cyanocobalamin which people with methylation dysfunction ideally should avoid but supplements of it can be 100-1000 mcg.
If high dose iron is needed, this product also provides a chelate with the beneficial amino acid glycine. It would be better absorbed and gentler on the GI tract than ionic iron.
Klaire Labs, 100 capsules
$24.99 $19.99 - provides 30 mg of Ferrochel® chelated iron based on ferrous bisglycinate. "Non-constipating" (klaire.com)
*This is very high dose and would be a prescription type product only used for severe iron deficiency anemia. Excess iron is inflammatory - oxidative stress is called 'rust' when it happens to iron skillets. We don't want our insides to become rusty from excess free iron during an oxidative/inflamed condition.
(Gao et al., 2019) Gao F , Guo W , Zeng M , Feng Y , Feng G . Effect of microalgae as iron supplements on iron-deficiency anemia in rats. Food Funct. 2019 Feb 20;10(2):723-732. doi: 10.1039/c8fo01834k. PMID: 30664135.
(Verna, et al., 2021) Verna G, Sila A, Liso M, Mastronardi M, Chieppa M, Cena H, Campiglia P. Iron-Enriched Nutritional Supplements for the 2030 Pharmacy Shelves. Nutrients. 2021 Jan 26;13(2):378. doi: 10.3390/nu13020378. PMID: 33530485; PMCID: PMC7912282.
Iron can be a factor in constipation but dehydration and a lack of fiber in the diet or an unhealthy microbiome can also be involved. As baby learns to eat, many baby foods are very refined. Using a baby food grinder at the table and sharing soft cooked stew like foods from mom's plate can introduce baby to whole foods that include a balanced variety. Refer to food lists for recommendations on when to introduce different foods.
Proportionally, older baby might eat 2-4 tablespoons of food beginning with soft-cooked sweet potato, broccoli, carrot, parsnip, zucchini, onion, and rice and other grain cereals are introduced - these are also a source of iron if using commercial types. Later the toddler may be eating iron rich lean beef, chicken, low mercury fish, scrambled egg.
Yep, that too. Breakfast cereal can be very iron fortified and over snacking on it may cause constipation for anyone. Having low water intake and low fiber intake adds to the likelihood of bathroom difficulties.
And -- it really hurts. Little one can become scared to try. Keep bathroom time pleasant. It is just a fact of life that we all get better at but can have troubles with sometimes too.
Diapers are too comfortable and staying in them too long may leave a child too used it. Storytime in the bathroom occasionally, see if anything happened, was my route to success. Girlsa do tend to train earlier as they seem to hdevelop an awareness sooner of the urge to go. Let nature take the time that is needed with the background thought that diapers can be too comfortable. Training underpants have value.
Iron rich foods include:
Examples of iron rich plant foods combined with vitamin C rich foods in typical meals:
*I do not recommend using non traditionally fermented soy products as there are anti-nutrients in the unfermented soy beans. Traditionally made soy foods include tofu, tempeh, tamari soy sauce, and miso paste. I also avoid non organic soy as the Roundup Ready soy is a glyphosate risk. Glyphosate may be interfering with vitamin D metabolism and reducing mineral availability and increasing other health risks.
Vitamin C is plentiful in many fruits and vegetables and orange juice and other vitamin C fortified juices.
Richer sources of vitamin C include:
*Caution with fruit juice and fruit - fructose goes to the liver and fatty liver disease is increasing epidemically among young people when it had only been a disease of older adults. The increased use of high fructose corn syrup in beverages and other foods is the likely cause.
Introduce babies and children to water and teach them to recognize thirst signals, parched, irritable, dry lips or eyes. Talking about the things we feel and what they may mean is teaching skills that help us survive and thrive.
Food Sources of Carbohydrates and Fiber:
For the (G.__) references and more information see the Macronutrient and Micronutrient sections of Glossary & Resources (effectivecare.info)
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