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Supplements are foods or nutrients specifically used to complement or improve nutritive value of our daily diet.
-Dietary supplements are foods or food products particularly rich in specific nutrients
-Vitamin supplements, minerals and other nutrients derived from natural or synthetic sources.


Let’s start with those who may truly need nutritional supplements;

‎- Newborns: All our newborns get a shot of Vitamin K when born, and this was to avoid excessive bleeding i.e. hemorrhage. It aids in blood clotting. Children who get little sun need Vitamin D to avoid rickets and poor bone formation

Women with heavy menstrual periods definitely need iron to prevent anemia

Women before conception and during the first months of pregnancy: folic acid to avoid abnormalities and malfunctions of the fetus such as spina bifida.

‎-Women at risk of Osteoporosis: need calcium; – Strict vegetarians and the elderly need Vitamin B12 and B group of vitamins; – Smokers need Vitamin C and Bs as the body uses alot of these nutrients to detoxify;

Men at risk of Heart attack need carotenes, flavonoids, folates antioxidants; People under major stress or nervous tension need wheat germ, B group of vitamins; Patients who are malnourished, have infectious diseases or healing need multiple vitamins and minerals for the healing process; – Sports men/women need more antioxidants such as vitamin A,C,E carotenes to protect the body from wear and tear due to their profession.


– Soil exhaustion hence most soils lack in adequate nutrients due to use of chemical fertilizers

– Unripe crops when you eat immature crops or fruits you may not get the concentrations of their nutrients right

– Chemical pollution hence the need to take protective concentrations of supplements to prevent the effects of heavy metals, exhaust fumes and gases, additives.

When choosing supplements, always go for the organic, natural brands as they are easily absorbed and utilized by the body compared to the synthetic type, which are not easily digested and utilized by the body



a) Carotenes are the yellow, orange pigment found in fruit and vegetables and transformed into Vitamin A in the body. They reduces risk of cancer, heart conditions and boosts immunity

b) Vitamin C is a very strong protector. It is very helpful to smokers and those exposed to high level of chemical pollution and can boost the immunity preventing the common cold among other conditions

c) Vitamin E is an antioxidant and protects the oxidation of fats which helps to prevent heart diseases and cell damage the natural one which is referred to as d-alpha tocopherol is more potent than the synthetic one referred to as l-alpha tocopherol

d) Selenium is a mineral that the body needs in small quantities but performs very important functions. It stimulates the immune system and protects against cancer especially that of the skin

c) Flavonoids or Bioflavonoid they are great anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects protecting the body capillaries. They enable the action of vitamin c.

e) chlorophyll – green pigmentation in green leafy vegetable and in tender sprouts of grains and legumes such as wheatgrass it reduces risk of cancer and combats bad breath

f) Co enzyme Q10 is a fatty soluble substance that all cells both in animal and plant and aids in the production of energy. Food provides at least 3-5mg daily can be used as a supplement for the heart, muscles, and gum diseases

2. OILS AND FATS a) EFA ( Essential Fatty Acids ) Omega 3 from fish Omega 6 from plant source like olive oil it is recommended for the treatment of many disease including nervous system degeneration, thrombosis, heart and cardiovascular conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, eczema and skin disorders

b) Lecithin is also a lipid substance primarily from soya and is recommended to reduce elevated cholesterol, liver disease and nervous disorders

3. DIETARY FIBRE is effective in preventing colon cancer and constipation as well as lowering cholesterol levels can be found in wheat bran or a diet high in complex carbohydrate also present in organic Wheatgrass powder and Glucomannan which is present in most weight loss programs.


a) Honey is much more than sugar. It has been used to manage insomnia, infectious diarrhea, respiratory conditions and liver failure

b) Bee Pollen is nutritious and invigorating used in cases of fatigue, food disorders

c) Royal Jelly used in the case of mental and physical exhaustion, sexual impotence, low immunity and heart conditions

d) Bee Propolis is a natural antibiotic

5. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: The best multivitamin for those capable of eating is a diet rich in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables could be juiced without removing the pulp but as it is many do not take this and would need an addition.

6. MICROORGANISMS most are microscopic bacteria, algae and yeast

a) Spirulina rich in protein vitamins and minerals particularly iron also provide vit B12 sold in capsule or powder form

b) Probiotic this is a product that include different strains of good bacteria such as lactobacillus and it is used to boost immunity and aid digestion available in yoghurt and in capsule form

c) Brewer’s Yeast is high in protein and all B vitamins and Vitamin D has trace minerals and essential fatty acids that provide antioxidant properties used as a tonic, improves digestion and a detoxifier and shows it reduces undesirable side effects during cancer therapy such as loss of appetite and anemia

In the market there are various companies that have a great range of nutritionals such as forever living, GNLD, and a variety of natural organic supplements at Healthy U as well. Feel free to check out Healthwise Solutions website www.healthwisesolutions.co.ke for more info and call Nkatha Mwenda. Call Nkatha on: +254 707 180 841, 0724013437



Bouncy Castle Therapy…….

ImageMost working mums struggle with the guilt of feeling that they do not get to spend enough time with their kids. So every moment that they can squeeze in to spend with their kids… is enjoyed to the max.

Well some of us just go the extra lap I must say…… was invited by my friend to accompany her to her friends son’s birthday party. After debating between using the Saturday to get work done, it felt more appropriate to go for this birthday party. Felt my boy would use some company.

Typical of Nairobi Birthdays, there was a bouny castle……. You see my boy has been scared of this thing for the longest time…. Surprisingly when he saw it, he sized it from far …. And finally agreed to go in on one condition…. If I could go in with him. The stares from the other kids and giggles made it clear how ridiculous it is for a whole mum to be in a bouncy castle!

Well, needless to say the kid in me was brought out in this bouncing castle….. with no care in the world, I joined my son  and we jumped and hopped around…screamed and laughed. And had a great time…….. and finally he agreed to stay with the rest of the kids…..

I came back after a few minutes and couldn’t resist the temptation for a few more bounces…. I was having a great time until another 3 year old said” Aunty songa kidogo”…… and I realized  I was the hugest  “Kid” in the bouncing castle…. bringing a halt to my new found amusement…. Oh well… it was great to see my son enjoy the bounces.

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It’s a familiar scenario for many moms: You’re pushing a full cart through the supermarket when suddenly your toddler starts screaming. Now what?  You wonder, “How can I be patient when my child throws himself on the floor?”

To help you keep your cool — and your sanity — during a toddler meltdown, here are five smart strategies suggested by mums who have been there.

1. Stay Calm

As tempted as you might be to raise your voice, yelling will likely only aggravate your toddler’s tantrum. It’s important to stay calm and collected. If you stay calm and use a time-out and a gentle approach (sit down holding the child in your lap for a time out together) you’ll stay calmer and your kids will be more emotionally balanced.” 

2. Don’t Worry About What Others Think

There’s no sense in worrying about what public observers think. Don’t worry about what other people think, stand tall in your choice on how to deal with them,” she says. “Anyone with kids would relate and people who don’t won’t understand.”

3. Just Leave

Another tantrum survival strategy many moms employ to keep from coming unraveled is to simply leave the store.  One mum quips that when her son has a public tantrums she removes him from the store until he calms down: “I bend down pick him up and walk outside. We talk about it and if I can’t control it we go home.” She says.

4. Create Distractions

The distraction is a more covert ways to keep your calm while trying to turn the screaming off, one moms says. “Instead of getting irritated one should try and distract his attention and get him to focus on something else,”

5. Ignore It

Another key trick to keeping your wits during a toddler meltdown is to remember who has the power. You can stay in charge, by pretending it isn’t happening. The acting up will stop.

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Just Don’t Ask: The 10 Questions No Mom Wants to Hear

Did they seriously just ask me that? While being bombarded daily with small-talk questions about children and parenting may be an inescapable fact of motherhood, there are certain questions that no mum wants to hear. These are 10 of the worst questions you can put to another mom. Ask them at your own peril!

1. Are you sick?

Unless a mom has a horrible hacking cough, best bite your tongue on asking about her health. The obvious implication of “Are you sick?” is “You look ill.” One mother-of-two vents: “I…hate: ‘Are you sick?’ No, I look like a sack of pounded poop because my son thinks it’s a scream to wake me up at 5 a.m. asking for breakfast!” Bottom line: No woman wants to be told she looks bad. Ever.

2. Why don’t you want more children?

Often asked by someone who thinks you should want more, this question is worse than the more neutral “Do you want another child?” Deciding how many children to have is a personal decision that moms shouldn’t have to justify or explain to anyone.

3. Is she a good baby?

This question is especially irksome after a challenging day. “Umm, what do you (want) me to say?” responds Laura H. “No? No she’s not a ‘good’ baby. She’s challenging, complicated, intense, frustrating, sensitive, loud, demanding, etc.! Thanks for forcing me to admit she isn’t good.”

4. Is he your brother?

Young moms are particularly irritated by questions that reveal strangers’ assumptions about their age. Equally maddening for older moms are questions that assume they’re Grandma.

5. Is he yours?

Questions related to the nationalities or ethnicities of the baby and parents are also liable to cause offense.

6. Did you have IVF?

Chatting with a mom of twins? Steer clear of this one.

7. Is it a boy or a girl?

He’s dressed in blue, she’s dressed in pink…isn’t it obvious? Melanie S. shares: “The whole ‘Is it a boy or girl’ question has made me laugh since the first time I took my oldest to church. Dressed all in blue, sitting in a blue carrier with a pacifier that said ‘I’m a boy!’ people still had to ask … really? really!”

8. Did you give birth “naturally”?

Most mums still don’t know how to respond. But seriously whose business is that?

9. When are you going to try for a boy?

Questions that imply a mom should want a child of a certain gender are also bound to ruffle mama bird’s feathers.

10. Don’t you know what causes that?

Posed to moms with large families, this rude question is one of many that imply you shouldn’t be having more than 2.1 kids.

Over to you ….what’s the most irritating question you’ve been asked as a mom?

(Adopted from circle of mums)


Cancer  is a prominent topic in this day and age mainly due to the rising numbers of this disease affecting the young the middle aged and the old.  It doesn’t discriminate from race, ethnicity or gender. As a nutritionist, Nkatha Mwenda of Health Wise Solutions Ltd takes this opportunity to give nutritional advice/ support.
The doctor’s role is important when they diagnose and recommend treatment in conjunction with a healthy diet, prevention and management is practical.


The topics will be as follows, for easier reference;
1. Foods as a cause of cancer
2. Foods in the prevention of Cancer
3. Foods in the treatment of cancer
4. List of specific foods that help prevent cancer
5. Foods that promote cancer
6. Diet for preventing each type of cancer
– cancer of the mouth
-brain cancer
-cancer of throat
-cancer of the esophagus
-stomach cancer
-liver cancer
-lung cancer
-breast cancer
-colon cancer

Cancer- an uncontrolled duplication of cells causing a malignant tumor.
It invades surrounding tissues and may entail metastasis (other tumors of the same type appearing far from the original site) and its natural evolution can lead to death
Carcinogen-food, substance or other agent that fosters the development of cancer.
The most common carcinogens are tobacco smoke, certain food additives such as nitrites, the substances that form during the cooking of meat, chemical contaminants such as pesticides, some viruses and mold and radiation
Mutagens- substances that produce mutations or changes in the genetic code i.e. DNA. Many of these mutations cause cells to become cancerous, thus mutagens are also carcinogens
Finally Ant carcinogens or cancer protection is foods or substances that neutralize the action of carcinogens and slows or prevents the development of cancer.
Virtually all Ant carcinogens are plant based
Foods as a cause of Cancer:
Factors that cause cancer are;
35% Diet
30% Tobacco
6% Genetic
5% Viral causes
4% Work environment
3%Environmental pollution
3%Solar radiation
11% Other
You notice DIET is today’s primary cancer causing factor.
We are eating too much animal based foods which foster cancer, in proportion to plant based foods, which protect against Cancer.
To REDUCE cancer risk, AVOID:
-cured meats(sausages, cured ham, bacon etc) grilled meats and very well done/ over cooked or fried meats
-Excess calories from proteins or fat sources especially animal sources such as meats, whole milk, eggs
-Smoked, pickled, salted or highly spiced foods
-Alcoholic beverages, coffee and tobacco: when combined, they potentate their carcinogenic effect
Food that are suitable for humans in aiding in the protection of cancer instead of fostering it are precisely the effects of Fruits, Nuts, Whole grains, Legumes and Vegetable

It requires the increase of;
-Provitamins A, vitamins C and E
-Phytochemical elements ie flavonoids, isoflavones, caretonoids….beneficial plant chemicals
All these have been experimented and shown to be Anticarcinogens
They are found exclusively in plant based foods.
Above ALL foods play a vital role in Cancer prevention. However, even when cancer has been diagnosed, diet continues to be vitally important.

All the ant carcinogenic foods described below, particularly fruit treatments, salads and fresh juices are additional treatment resources that shouldn’t be ignored.

There is evidence of their effectiveness in slowing the development of malignant cells demonstrating that their use as a therapeutic tool is well founded.
a) Fruit
Together with veggies, is the most effective anticarcinogenic food.
Scientific research shows a diet abundant in fruits prevents most cancers
All fresh fruits are rich in – Antioxidant vitamins ACE and phtochemicals which are capable of neutralizing carcinogenic substances entering the body
So take in as much as you can of:
-Citrus such as lemon, oranges and grapefruit
Their anticarcinogenic capacity is due to the combined effect of Vitamin C, flavonoids, limonoids and pectin
-Plums and apples these protect against Colon cancer
-Pineapples prevent stomach cancers
-grapes the resveratrol they contain, particularly in the skin is anticarcinogenic
-Blackberries and other aggregate fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and currants are rich in anthocynanins, powerful antioxidants that neutrilize the carcinogenic effect of free radicals
-Guava, Kiwis are great due to their high Vitamin C content
b) Olive oil
Studies conducted reveal, that when it is substituted for other dietary fats we use, olive oil consumption reduces breast cancer risk.
It’s anticarcinogenic effect is due to its richness in antioxidants and mono unsaturated fatty acids among others.
c) Wholegrains
The fibre in whole grains accelerates movement through the bowel.
It also retains and removes carcinogenic substances that may be in the digestive tract, excreting them with the faeces.

Fibre in grains and whole-grain bread prevents stomach and colon cancer by reducing the time that these harmful substances are in contact with the mucosa of the digestive tract.
By preventing absorption of carcinogens, fibre protects against other cancers such as pancreatic and breast cancers.
Grains also contain phytates, which as Anticarcinogens, although they also reduce iron and zinc absorption and therefore a multi mineral supplement to add onto the diet is recommended.
– Rye this is the most effective grain in prevention of colon cancer
-Wheat germ because of its antioxidant action halts the processes of cell degeneration and protects against cancer
-Wheatgrass a sprouted version of the wheat grain is rich in antioxidants and is a potent anti-carcinogen
d) Vegetables
All veggies protect against cancer to a greater or lesser degree.
Their richness in Provitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidant phytochemicals explain their effect; below are some of the most effective;
– Red beets i.e beet roots are high in Anticarcinogens
– Carrots their high concentration of beta carotene ie Provitamin A, other carotenoids and fibre explains its proven anticarcinogenic effect
-Botanical family Solanaceae
The veggies of this family protect against cancer particularly tomatoes contain lycopene very effective in preventing prostate cancers, sweet peppers yellow, green, red, Eggplants
This is due to their richness in beta carotene carotenoids and vitamin c all potent antioxidants
– Botanical family Liliaceae
All the veggies of this family particularly onions and garlic contain flavonoids and sulfur acted essences that protect against cancer because they neutralize carcinogenic substances and inhibit or stop the development of tumor cells.
– Crucifers
The plants of this family contain a variet of sulfur acted phytochemicals whose anticarcinogenic effect has been demonstrated in labs. Their effects persists even after cooking. This include Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Radishes.
In contrast to milk, whose consumption is related to a variety of cancers, yoghurt protects against this disease particularly Breast cancer
It contains active bacterial cultures and lactic acid partially explain this protective effect.
Probiotics are Anticarcinogens and are available through natural yoghurt and pills with strains of good bacteria cultures.
f) Legumes
They protect because of their richness in fibre and phytochemicals such as phytic acid and phytates

– Soy and it’s derivatives
This include tofu soy meat and soy milk provide a variety of anticarcinogenic phytochemicals. Most effective is Isoflavones, genistein and daidzein. These are veggie hormones phytoestrogens hat avoid the undesirable effects of estrogen, such as its tendency to promote cancer, particularly breast and prostate.
Numerous studies both experimental and statistical have revealed that meat consumption is a significant risk factor in most types of cancer (brain, lung, stomach, kidney, urinary bladder, uterus, ovarian and prostate, breast among others)
Meats particularly detrimental are red meats ( beef, lamb, goat, pork) their animal fat has been associated with many cancers
Salted/cured meats such as bacon, ham and sausages etc contain nitrosamines which is carcinogenic
Meat cooked well done or grilled on a barbecue or fried cause the formation of heterocyclic amines, aromatic hydrocarbons and benzopyrene which are carcinogens
Hormones used to fatten livestock, when they are present in meat in elevated amounts can be carcinogenic
So eliminate meat from your diet gradually to get off risk of cancers
b) Alcoholic beverages
They promote cancer even when considered to have medicinal value such as wine and beer.These do not require large doses to induce cancer. This effect is present even with moderate consumption.
Breast cancer risk is increased with an intake of 1 glass a day by 250%
There is proven relationship between overall consumption of alcoholic beverages and cancers of the mouth, throat, breast, lung, liver, pancreas, colon, and urinary bladder
c) Refined products
when white bread, rolls and other refined products are used in place of whole grains in the diet, there is a corresponding relation to the formation of cancer.
This is why;
– first it lacks fibre
-excess sugar content
-transfatty acids this type of fatty acidosis common in refined industrial baked goods
Fried foods and margarine also contain trans fatty acids
In addition to raising cholesterol levels and promoting heart attack and cardiovascular diseases, they are related to cancers of the breast and skin
d) Sugar
Some studies have related excess white sugar use with the following types of cancer;
Colon, stomach and cervical
Brown sugar or maple syrup are not as harmful since they contain some minerals and vitamins that refine white sugar lacks fructose protects against prostate cancer.
e) Coffee
Coffee consumption has been associated with of the urinary bladder and disease of the breast which can be pre-cancerous. This effect is not due to the caffeine but rather the components of its essence.
f) Milk
According to various studies excess whole milk consumption is associated with the appearance of some cancers like breast, lung, ovarian, prostate and urinary bladder
Possible explanation is that milk can transmit bovine leukemia virus which is carcinogenic.
There is evidence that excess consumption of more than 3 eggs a week is associated with cancer of stomach, breast, lung, pancreas, colon, ovaries
Explanation is;
-Cholesterol eggs elevate cholesterol and may promote cancer
-Saturated fat this is predominant fat in eggs which is a factor in cancer development
-Viruses hence the contamination with leukemia type viruses which pass to eggs and cause a variety of cancers
Eggs should be well cooked to prevent infections from salmonella bacteria
h) Shellfish/ fish
Due to the nature of shellfish living at the bottom of the sea or water bodies, they may contain carcinogenic substances such as lead and mercury dumped into the sea
For other Fish avoid the salted or cured variety as they contain nitrosamines which are carcinogenic
‎6. Finally Diets for preventing certain types of cancers
a) Cervical cancer
Veggies especially those high n carotenes such as carrots beet roots
Vitamin C
Foliates is B vitamins
Antioxidants Vitamins A,C,E

I advise onto your diet to get a supplement called A Beta Care contains a variety of antioxidants mentioned it retails at 2,800/-
Animal fat
b) Ovarian cancer
Vegetables particularly carrots and beets
Crucifer outs veggies
Whole grain bread and pasta
A Beta Care
Whole milk
Saturated fats
c) Prostate Cancer
Lots of tomatoes
Wholegrain cereals, breads and pasta
Legumes – soy
Garlic and onions
Beta carotene
A Beta Care
Pro 6 retails for 3,000/-
Reduce or eliminate
Red meat and cured/salted/smoked meats n fish
Animal fats
Cholesterol bad ones which are HDLP
d) Colon cancer
Veggie carrots spinach wheatgrass and beets especially
Whole grain breads and pasta
Fermented dairy products yoghurt
Calcium as a food supplement retails 2,400
Reduce or Eliminate
Reduce meats ( beef, pork, lamb)
Well done meat
Processed or cured meats
Liver and other variety meats
Eggs particularly for women
Fats and high calorie foods especially animal based
Cured high-fat cheese
Sugar such as is added in coffee or tea
Alcoholic beverages
e) Breast Cancer
Soy, tofu, soy milk
Vegetables ESP spinach, wheatgrass, carrots, broccoli
Olive oil
Garlic/ onions
Vitamin ACE
Beta carotenes
A Beta Care
Arctic Sea has olive oil 2,900
Reduce or Eliminate
Red meat ( fish and skinless chicken are not detrimental)
Processed pork sausages, bacon, ham
Fat animal sources
High fat cheese
Trans fatty acids found in margarine and commercial baked products
Alcoholic beverages even in low doses
Chocolate and pastries
f) Stomach cancer
Fruits particularly citrus and pineapple
Garlic and onion
Whole grain bread
Vegetable oil
Whole grain pasta and rice
Arctic sea
Aloe Vera
Reduce or eliminate
Red meat ESP well done
Cured meats and sausages ESP homemade
Salt cured foods
Rolls and pastries
Saturated fats
g) Lung Cancer
Fruits and vegetables
A Beta Care
Arctic Sea with olive oil
Reduce or Eliminate
Cured meats sausage bacon
Whole milk and dairy products
Refined baked products
h) Brain Cancers
vitamin E
A beta Care
Arctic Sea
Reduce or eliminate
Hot dogs intake by pregnant women can increase risk of cancer to unborn
Cured or roasted meats
Processed pork products such as boiled ham and bacon
Fried foods
I) Liver Cancer
Vitamin ACE
A Beta Care
Reduce or eliminate
Moldy foods or those with aflatoxin residue
Alcoholic beverages
As usually if you are in need of additional info you can check Health Wise Solutions out at http://www.healthwisesolutions.co.ke text or call  Nutritionist Nkatha  Mwenda on 0707180841 or 0786485328 ( while you are on our blog, check out our website http://www.supamamas.co.ke)