Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cold Care: Supporting your child's colds, viruses and flus

Because caring for your child's colds properly matters. With these simple tools you can keep your child from getting recurrently sick and recovering quickly when they do catch something. No one is invincible to colds, viruses and flus but with some dietary and supplemental support it is more than possible to keep the immune system strong all winter long.

Most important is your basic dietary:
  • Keep animal proteins high in your child's daily diet. 
  • Use grass-fed butter and or ghee liberally. These are without question the most immune supportive of all fats. 
  • Consume bone broth or a bone broth powder or even a collagen powder
Key maintenance supplements:
  • Cod liver oil, far superior to fish oil and your number one most important supplement to have your child taking daily. If you can't get cod liver oil in then use these to at least be getting sufficient omega's in.
  • Methylated b vitamins which support a virus clearing pathway in the liver helping the body to rid itself of the virus more efficiently. Toddlers use this chewable
  • You could also use a full spectrum multi-vitamin that contains the methylated forms of b vitamins in.
  • Therapeutic grade probiotic containing multiple strains since 80% of your immunity resides in your gut and is based on your populations of beneficial bacteria!
Now when your child does catch that darn cold, virus or flu it's all about beginning your support as early as you can. So I recommend having these supplements in your pantry at home for use the moment those first symptoms appear. 

For runny noses:
  • Sinupret Syrup works amazing for sinuses, so use this the minute that runny nose starts! 
For coughs:
  • Bronchipret Syrup for bronchial support, as soon as you hear that first cough.
Bothersome ears:
Sore throat:
  • This throat spray works like a charm for really painful sore throats. And this tea is incredibly soothing with demulcents herbs that coat and protect from irritation. 
Some mom's also love Sambucus which can be used daily as a little boost and children take it very easily. You can also consider a colostrum powder if your child had a hard winter last year or just seems to catch every single thing going around ;) Colostrum is a dairy product but is fairy hypoallergenic and contains immunoglobulins which are direct components of your immune system. A high quality grass fed whey protein powder also contains immunoglobulins.

You can also schedule a personalized consult for your child or yourself as each of us has our own bio-individual needs to supporting our body's immunity.
Don't forget to stay warm, wash your hands and get adequate sleep :)

P.s. If you don't have an account yet you'll need to use access code Happyhealthybaby in order to purchase from the Wholesome Practices Pantry referenced above. You can browse the site for anything you'd like once you have made an account :)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Local Favorites - Bree' Osh

When it comes to choosing where to eat out you shouldn't have to compromise your values with nutrition. Obviously the food you cook at home will be of the most nourishing ingredients but we all need to get out once in a while and enjoy something so delicious that we couldn't have made it at home :)

Now, when it comes to pastries that's an even more difficult yet critical decision to make! And let me assure you Bree' Osh is the Bakery of choice without question. Owners, Pierre and Nellie from France have nailed it when it comes to making the healthiest and yet most delicious pastries. They use incredibly well sourced ingredients and most importantly they begin the pastries with a sourdough culture. In the end the pastries are more digestible, even for people like me with a history of terrible digestive issues and sensitive gut flora. Pierre is also able to make a sweet and delightful pastry with less sugar than your traditional store bought pastry because of the sourdough process.

Sourdough is a very traditional process used to ferment the flour making it more digestible by breaking down some of the gluten into a more easily assimilated form in the body. People then who has a sensitive stomach will do much better consuming any type of wheat flour that has been made using a sourdough culture. Pierre's sourdough culture has been around for a number of years and he just continues to feed it! This makes it strong and potent, making a wonderfully light and sour flour that then gets added to the other ingredients to make the final product. It is also demanding on the baker and takes serious time and commitment, something to be noted when you choose which baker you support ;)

So when you need a real pastry, made the right way, that won't damage your system and will leave you feeling satisfied and great, then Bree' Osh is your place!

Visit Bree' Osh at 1150 Coast Village Rd in Montecito for a lot more than just pastries too :)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Beginnings

Three years ago I set out to update and change the face of Wholesome Practices to all things mommy baby. As you can see I never finished! Why? Because time spent in front of the woman has been the most important thing to me. There's enough of you that that's what I've spent all my time doing ;) I am now taking a change of course and pace. There's too many deserving to have the healthiest pregnancies and most joyous experiences having babies for me not to expand the practice further and farther to reach more of you :)

That being said you will no longer find Dani Rhoades in her 'white coat' at Dr Iris Pediatrics. It has been an incredible pleasure working alongside Dr Iris Castaneda these last five years and I cherish my experiences and relationships built there with both the families and staff.

Wholesome Practices will be moving forward with a greater level of outreach, finding myself back where I started giving talks, seminars, lectures and teaching at community events. This way the message of perinatal health goes forth to so many more than just one mom at a time. Look out for more information to come on online packages that I will be a part of creating for everything pregnancy, postpartum and baby care!

Of course, my heart and joy is still found in face to face consulting and individualized care. Do not worry, I am still available for nutritional consults and you will surely still find me meeting with moms and their sweet babes all over town :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


This site is under some major reconstruction and won't be up and running for another few weeks! Please feel free to browse older blog posts though! And stay tuned for the launch of the new site!

Dani Rhoades, NC is still actively seeing patients and taking on new patients as needed so be sure to contact her directly at dani@wholesomepractices.com to schedule your nutrition consult!