Food as Medicine

Keep Kids Healthy with Probiotics

Nonna Joann • November 10th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

When I speak to groups, one of the most asked about subjects is probiotics. Probiotics are the friendly or good bacteria in our guts. They are said to help prevent and relieve allergies, yeast infections, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowl syndrome, urinary tract infections, colic, asthma, autoimmune diseases, constipation, diarrhea and even cancer. There’s new evidence [...]



Surprising Remedies for Morning Sickness

Nonna Joann • June 4th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Between sixty and eighty percent women suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, which is called morning sickness. Although the nausea is more common in the morning, it can strike at any time of the day and night. It can begin in the first month of pregnancy and last until the 14th or 16th week. [...]



Healthy Kids & pH Levels

Nonna Joann • May 21st, 2009 • Food as Medicine

What is pH?
Every solution is either acidic or alkaline, including our body fluids. The body is designed to maintain a constant pH 7.4 in the blood. It does this by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from the bones, soft tissues, body fluids (blood, saliva, and urine). Your pH levels are usually more acidic in the [...]



Nonna’s Home Remedies

Nonna Joann • May 19th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Natural cures have been developed over centuries, and were common before the era of modern medicine. Food and especially herbs have long been used to treat every ailment. Hippocrates the father of medicine said, “Let your food be medicine and your medicine be your food.” For the most part they have been forgotten.
Some natural remedies we’ve [...]



Treating Tiny Tummies

Nonna Joann • April 29th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Tiny Tummies Can Have Big Aches
Kids are experiencing stomach issues more often. In fact, the occurrence of children developing adult-type illnesses and diseases is growing at an alarming rate.
A mom from San Francisco asks for advice on
MamaPedia.com for her 5-year-old daughter, who often complains of a tummy ache. The doctor doesn’t find anything wrong [...]



Childhood Constipation Cure

Nonna Joann • April 27th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

The Scoop on Poop
Ouch! Constipation hurts. Constipation is a common and frustrating problem in children. Constipation is defined as hard and painful stools or going several days without a bowel movement. People (kids, too) should have at least one soft bowel movement a day.
A mom on
mamapedia.com asks for advice about her toddler’s pooping. “My 23 [...]



Probiotics Found in Food

Nonna Joann • February 26th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

In every culture, people have included fermented foods in their diets. These are foods which have been cultured, supplying probiotics and health-building enzymes. Despite the hype over probiotic drinks, yogurts, and bars, live and active probiotics are difficult to find today.
All cultured products begin with live, active cultures. That means the microorganisms are alive and [...]



Probiotics for Healthy Kids

Nonna Joann • February 24th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Probiotics means ‘for life’
You have hundreds of trillions of bacteria in your digestive tract. They are a major part of your immune system. A healthy lower intestine should have about 85 percent of “good or friendly bacteria” or flora to prevent the over colonization of disease causing micro-organisms like E. coli and salmonella. Today, most [...]



Soothe a Cough with Honey

Nonna Joann • August 19th, 2008 • Food as Medicine

It turns out that Nonna knows best!
It’s not surprising that grandmas have recognized all along that honey is an effective treatment for coughs. A study done at Pennsylvania State University confirms this. They found that honey offers parents an effective and safe alternative to over-the-counter children’s cough medicines.
The study found a small dose of honey [...]



Picky Eating & Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nonna Joann • August 7th, 2008 • Food as Medicine

Three-year-old Danny regularly eats only a few foods. To make matters worse, he has great difficulty even touching most foods, especially food covered with a sauce. His mom began the Baby Bite Steps, outlined in my book, Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater. After only a few weeks with the Baby [...]