“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.“
We all want our children and grandchildren to succeed in life – this includes doing well in school. But sometimes it’s not easy for some kids – attention disorders, learning disabilities or behavioral challenges make going back to school tough for everyone.
How Food Affects Performance in School
The foods children eat can play a huge role in their performance at school. Statistics show less than 50% of children consume the recommended number of servings in any food group on a daily basis. Nearly 80% do not eat the recommended level of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables! You’ve probably heard the news on obesity in children as well: one in three children today is overweight or obese; 20 to 40% of children are physically unfit.
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” - Tommy Lasorda
It can take a lot of determination to get ready for swimsuit season! While you may be catching a glimpse of those extra pounds as you squeeze into shorts – bathing suit season is next. There’s hope: natural secrets to getting in shape and feeling great! It just takes a commitment to getting active and eating right.
Everyone can be physically active – but what if the thought of running 10 miles right away seems unattainable? You can start exercising in simple ways and boost your physical activity and your health immediately. Consider taking the stairs at work, parking far away from the entrance when you go shopping or planning a nightly walk with your family. Even mowing the lawn and cleaning the house is a step in the right direction towards feeling younger, fitter and healthier.
Fitness magazine claims this Pilates workout can get you bikini-ready in just four weeks. It involves doing the suggested workout three or four days a week for 20 minutes plus another 15 minutes of high-intensity cardio. Read more…
Avoiding Toxins in Skin Care Products
You watch what you eat, exercise and try to make sure everything that goes into your body is good for you. But what about what’s going on your body? Did you know that more chemicals enter our bodies through our skin than through what we eat? Our skin is the largest organ in the body – and has greater potential to absorb harmful toxins.
Studies have shown that more than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient that has been related to cancer. In fact, a survey by the Environmental Working Group found that more than 25 percent of all women and one in every 100 men use at least 15 products daily that could contain toxins and carcinogens.
Toxins in Skin Care: Read the Labels
If you want to avoid toxins in your skin care products, the best thing to do is read labels. Look at the ingredients listed on the tube or bottle of your favorite shampoo, soap or moisturizer. Can you understand the ingredients? Or does it read like a science experiment? Educating yourself is key to keeping these toxins out of your body. Read more…
We’ve all heard it’s important to keep our body free from stress. That’s because stress produces damaging molecules in the body, called “free radicals.” Those free radicals can cause DNA mutation and have been shown to have a link to aging and certain diseases.
The stress can come from any number of sources – mental strain, extreme physical activity, drugs or medications, sunlight or radiation, environmental toxins like cigarette smoke, pesticides, preservatives, chemicals, and even from poor diets. The good news is that you can help protect your body from those free radicals by consuming foods rich in antioxidants*.
Some of the best antioxidants are vitamin A, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, folic acid, selenium and grapeseed extract. To boost the amount of those antioxidants in your diet – reach for more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in antioxidants, as are berries, citrus fruits and even onions. Green tea is also known as a great source for antioxidants.
Still not convinced you need antioxidants?
Here are 10 reasons you need antioxidants*: Read more…
Pet owners may read this and say “duh!”, but having a pet can have a great impact on your health. We’re talking about more than just the unconditional love a pet can give you. There are some serious health benefits that pet owners enjoy – compared to people without pets.
The Centers for Disease Control finds pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and improve your mood. Pets can increase your chance of exercising and spending time outdoors – especially if you own a dog. You’ll need to walk your pet, go for a run with your dog or just take them to a park to relax and socialize.
Spending time with a pet can have a great impact on your blood pressure. One study found pet owners had lower blood pressure and heart rates compared to people who didn’t own a pet. And – researchers have shown that children can lower their blood pressure while petting their dog!
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, owning a pet can really help your mood. Therapists have long prescribed pets as ways to recover from depression. Pets offer unconditional love, will listen as long as you are willing to talk and taking care of a pet can provide a great purpose to someone dealing with despair. Read more…
The research is robust on why red wine is good for you. Scientists have found that red wine, in moderation, can help your heart. Red wine can help your heart thanks to antioxidants increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and protecting your arteries from damage. One of those compounds is called trans-resveratrol and it’s been linked to everything from promoting circulation, energy and stamina, to muscle health.* – It even provides nutritional support for people challenged with obesity and diabetes.*
Now, a recent article in U.S. News & World Report on red wine looked at how a glass of red wine may help you live longer and be a big part of anti-aging. It looked at how resveratrol in red wine could help prevent cells from aging.
“The study in rodents found that when mice had a particular gene — SIRT1 — knocked out, or turned off, resveratrol had no effect on them. But tests of muscle tissue in mice with a normal SIRT1 gene that were given resveratrol found that the substance boosted mitochondrial function.
Mitochondria provide the energy that cells need to function. A decrease in mitochondrial energy production has been linked to a variety of diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to the aging process itself, said senior study author David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston.” Read more…
Protein is an incredibly important part of your diet. It helps build muscle and bone and keeps your cells working properly. Proteins are part of every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies. But – they’re constantly broken down and need to be replaced. That’s where the protein that we eat comes into play – once it’s digested it’s used to replace the proteins in our bodies. Protein can help you feel fuller, longer, and also helps stimulate your metabolism. That’s key if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight!
Are you getting enough protein?
Research has shown that many people aren’t getting enough protein – this is especially true for teen girls and adult women. Not getting enough protein can cause the body to break down tissues that can lead to muscle loss, a weakened immune system and even weaken your heart. Not getting enough protein can also be harmful to your bone health. Without enough protein, your body lacks the enzymes, hormones, antibodies and other critical substances needed for proper function. Read more…