Tips for Raising Healthy Children

15. September 2010 18:03 by IKE in Children' Health, Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

As parents, we know that doing what’s best for our child includes more than giving them a house to live in and food to eat.  But still, it’s hard to know exactly what to do so a child stays smart, active and happy.  With all of life’s responsibilities sitting on our shoulders, it’s crucial that we make a conscious effort to help our children learn and grow.  Here are five parenting tips you can follow to encourage your child to reach his or her full potential:

 

Children's Health

Nutrition
Providing your child with a healthy diet is critical when it comes to developing a strong, able body.  Because vitamin deficiencies cause many health problems that could last a lifetime, it’s important to limit your child’s consumption of junk food.  The first 18 years of a person’s life are most crucial when it comes to developing healthy bodies—so help your child make those years count! Consider vitamin supplements to better ensure that your child stays nourished with the nutrients they need.

Activity
The importance of physical activity in a child’s life cannot be stressed enough.  This can be accomplished by going to the playground, riding a bike, dancing, or playing tag.  Activities such as these will help your child develop strong bones and muscles as well as avoid the ever-increasing problem of childhood obesity.

Creativity
While adults are bombarded with reality, children are blessed with boundless imaginations.  In a child’s mind, fairies exist, reindeer can fly and your living room floor is a pool of hot lava.  This magic only lasts for a short time, so don’t discourage them from playing pretend. Your child could even exercise creativity with supplies like empty paper towel rolls, string and glue.  Encourage them to use their imaginations and let their creative minds run!  Creativity is what makes people good innovative problem solvers.

Education
In the first few years of life, children most rapidly learn from observation. So the best way to teach the essentials of life is by example.  Since the majority of a child’s life is spent in the home, some of the most important steps in a child’s education happen there. Encourage them to ask questions.  And when these questions come, be patient and help them understand.

Safety
Childproof your house to the age of your child.  If you have a baby, frequently get on your hands and knees to check the floor and any other place they might find small, swallowable items.  And while you’re down there, cover all open electrical outlets. When it comes to preventing drowning, remember to never leave your baby near water, even if it’s only an inch deep.  One inch of water is all it takes for a baby to drown. 

Before you strap your child into a car seat, make sure you know the proper weight requirements.  And don’t install a car seat without thoroughly reading the instructions.  Even if it’s for a short time, avoid leaving your baby alone in hot places.  Your child’s body heat can increase five times more quickly than the average adult.  Extreme heat can injure your baby or even result in death.  As your child becomes more independent, make sure you teach him/her the safe way to cross the street.  And don’t forget to require helmets whenever they are on bikes and scooters.

Herbal Solutions 2010 - The Intestinal System

20. June 2010 16:39 by IKE in Body System, Herbs  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The intestinal system features the colon (or bowel)-a muscular organ about five feet long. The colon extracts water from the waste matter and sends it back into the bloodstream. Nerves and muscles in the colon regulate the time it takes waste matter to travel through the colon and out of the body. Friendly bacteria in the bowel aid in the breakdown of waste.
Colon health is largely affected by diet. We eat more sugar and processed foods than ever before, and we regularly abuse our bodies with various stimulants and sedatives. In addition, we are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis (air and water pollution, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.). All of this impacts bowel health and function.
Stress and lack of muscle tone can also affect colon function.
For health and well-being, it is essential that this “sewer system” of the body receives regular cleaning and preventative care.

Transit Time-Too Long—Occasional constipation occurs when waste material stays in the colon too long and too much water is absorbed from it. Toxins can also be reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
Too Short—Occasional diarrhea occurs when waste goes through the bowel too quickly and not enough water is absorbed. Beneficial gut bacteria may be lost.

Bowel Detox provides digestive enzymes to aid digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract, as well as ingredients to provide needed bulk to encourage proper flow of waste through the colon.
Nature’s Three fiber supplement combines psyllium, oat fiber and apple fiber to support the normal function of the bowel. Fiber binds with cholesterol and bile salts and helps reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within
normal limits. It can also reduce transit time.
Bifidophilus Flora Force® provides 4 billion friendly bacteria per capsule to help create favorable balance in the gut. These good guys help with digestion and promote immunity.
Liquid Chlorophyll provides green energy and helps cleanse and freshen the bowel and body.

Great exercise tips to stop weakening of bones

30. May 2010 10:44 by IKE in Fitness  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Nearly ten mil Americans have osteoporosis, and another 34 million have low bone mass, (osteopenia). A disease without symptoms, osteoporosis affects about 20 percent of men and 80 percent of women.

The bones gradually become weaker, they are more likely to break due to a minor fall or, if left untreated, even from simple things like a sneeze.
The most frequent fracture sites are hip, wrist and spine, although any bone in the body can be affected. A diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis tend to be scary, leading most people to avoid exercisse because of fear it'll cause fractures.

The truth is that people with low bone mass should try to exercise regularly.


Being active is shown to not just help prevent osteoporosis, but slow bone loss once it has already begun.
Before beginning an exercising program, you should consult a medical expert for guidelines, as degree of bone loss determines exactly what exercise is best.
Physicians can assess bone mineral density and fracture risk by scanning the body with a special kind of X-ray machine.

In addition to exercise, treatment may include dietary modifications and/or estrogen replacement therapy.
The more you know relating to this condition, the more you can do to help prevent its onset.
To create strength and bone mass, both weight-bearing and resistance training exercises are ideal.
Weight-bearing workouts are those that require the bones to fully support your weight against gravity.
Examples are walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing or using an elliptical trainer.
Non-weight bearing exercises include biking, swimming, water aerobics and rowing.
Weight-bearing activities which include walking less than 3 x a week may benefit the bones.
Strength training places mechanical force (stress) on our bodies, that might increases bone density.
Start by lifting light weights, moving in a slow and controlled manner, increasing resistance as you become stronger.


It's strongly suggested that individuals with osteoporosis avoid the following types of activity:

* Step aerobics and high-impact activities for example running, jumping, tennis.
* Activities that involve rounding, bending and twisting of the spine.
* Moving the legs sideways or across the body, particularly when performed against resistance.
* Rowing machines, trampolines.
* Every movement that involves pulling on the head and neck.

Exercise Tips:

* Even if you do not have osteoporosis, it is best to talk with your health care provider before you start a fitness program.
* Remember to warm up before starting and cool down at the end of every exercise session.
* For the best profit to your bone health, combine a number of different weight-bearing exercises.
* As you build strength, increase resistance, or weights, instead of repetitions.
* Remember to drink plenty of water whenever exercising.
* Vary the types of exercise that you do every week.
* Combine weight bearing and resistance exercise with aerobic exercises to help increase your general health.
* Bring your friend along to assist you keep going or better yet, bring your family and encourage them to be healthy.
* Add more physical activity to your day; take the stairs vs. the elevator, park further way, and walk to your co-worker's office as an alternative to emailing.


Put LIVE into action!

L  - Load or weight-bearing exercises make a difference to your bones
I   - Intensity builds stronger bones.
V - Vary the types of exercise as well as your routine to keep interested.
E - Enjoy your exercises. Make exercise fun so you will continue in to the future!



Specific factors boost the probability of developing osteoporosis.

While a few of these risk factors are controllable, others won't be. Risk factors that may be controlled are: Sedentary lifestyle, excess intake of protein, sodium, caffeine and/or alcohol, smoking, calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies and taking certain medicines.
Body size (small frame), gender, family history and ethnicity are risk factors that can not be controlled. Women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven years after menopause, which makes them more subject to osteoporosis.

It's never too soon to begin thinking of bone mineral density. About 85-90 percent of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and 20 in boys.

Nutrition and Exercise for Healthy Bones when people are young and Adolescence

Much of the reserve of healthy bone is built in youth and before age 30.
Women may be more susceptible to an inadequate foundation process at this time than men.
Sufficient calcium intake,a comprehensive diet with a lot of vegetables and fruits and load-bearing exercise will be the secrets of solid bone growth when you are young.
Then, with continued exercise into old age –- and this goes for men too -- bone density decline could be kept to a minimum.
Although women will be the main focus of information about osteoporosis and low bone density (osteopenia), some men are also seriously afflicted by this problem.

Even if you do each of the right things while becoming an adult and into adulthood, your inherited characteristics –- your genes -– can present you with bones that are susceptible to osteoporosis. This is even greater reason to maximize your lifestyle to prevent poor bone health.


About the Author -
Michelle Aultman writes for the elliptical trainer for weight loss blog, her personal hobby blog related to tips to prevent osteoporosis trough home fitness.

Writer's note: The details provided on this post are designed to support, not substitute, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.
Michelle Aultman has not professional intent and does not accept direct source of promotion coming from health or pharmaceutical companies, doctors or clinics and websites. All content provided by her is based on her editorial opinion and it's not driven by an advertising purpose.

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Herbal Solutions 2010 - The hepatic System

16. May 2010 17:23 by IKE in Body System, Health, Herbs  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The liver plays vital roles in digestion, metabolism and the elimination of toxins from the body. Our largest organ produces bile to aid in the digestion of fats. Bile also helps eliminate excess cholesterol and toxins.
The liver stores and processes nutrients, including excess carbohydrates (as glycogen). When blood sugar levels drop, sugar is released by the liver to bring levels back up. Your liver also makes cholesterol to transport fats to and from body cells.
The liver is the primary detoxification center, breaking down metabolic waste and environmental toxins so they can be eliminated. As it filters the blood (over a liter of it each minute), the liver removes toxins and microbes from the body before they can damage cells. Chemicals in the body attach to cholesterol and are transported to the liver. Toxins are then eliminated through normal waste-removal channels.
A healthy liver can process heavy metals, cleaning solvents, gasoline fumes and toxic household cleaning products. But these can severely tax or overwhelm a dysfunctional liver.

The Hepatic Pack includes one bottle each of these products:
Milk Thistle Combination boasts liver-protecting and free-radical fighting ingredients, including milk thistle seed extract, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), dandelion root, choline bitartrate and inositol. NAC optimizes the production of glutathione in the liver, which is used in the breakdown and elimination of toxins. NAC, a powerful antioxidant, protects against oxidative damage. Milk thistle contains silymarin, which has shown remarkable ability to help liver cells regenerate and stabilize liver cell membranes.
Chinese Liver Balance TCM is a “harmonizing” Chinese formula that helps cleanse the liver, nourish the blood, improve digestive function and promote detoxification and elimination. It contains 12 Chinese herbs, including scute, peony, bupleurum and atractylodes—used traditionally to support both the nervous and digestive systems during tension and stress.
Nature’s Three contains various forms of soluble and insoluble fiber—psyllium, oat fiber and apple fiber—to support digestive health, promote
regularity and relieve occasional constipation. Increasing your dietary fiber can help the liver as fiber binds with toxins for removal.

Love Your Liver!
Did You Know?
• The liver affects nearly every physiological process of the body and performs over 500 different chemical functions.
• According to Eastern philosophies, anger, irritability, defensiveness, moodiness and discouragement are all associated with a congested or sluggish liver.

Herbal Solutions 2010 - The Digestive System

25. April 2010 17:11 by IKE in Body System, Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The process of digestion begins in the mouth and is completed in the large intestine. It occurs as food is taken in, broken down, sorted and re-processed—all in an effort to convert it into a usable, absorbable form that can be circulated throughout the body to nourish cells and create energy.

The major organs of the digestive system include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine and colon. Each of these organs works in a unique way, but they share a common purpose: to help digest food and absorb nutrients. These exist in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each nutrient type is handled by the digestive system differently, and each gets broken down at a different point during the digestive process; but all are aided by the presence of enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are organic substances that speed up the chemical reactions that break food down into smaller, more usable particles. Without enzymes, body functions would happen too slowly to sustain life. Some enzymes are produced by the body, and others come from the foods we eat. This system is subject to many weaknesses and inadequacies.

These include digestive transit times that may be too fast or too slow, a lack of sufficient enzymes and probiotics, and a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Luckily, we can combat these through diet, exercise, adequate water and fiber intake, regular detoxification and supplementation.

Since there are more organs in your digestive system than in any other, it makes sense to support them with quality supplements.
The Digestive Pack from Nature’s Sunshine combines one each of these products:
Food Enzymes provides a blend of the enzymes needed to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, as well as hydrochloric acid and bile salts to aid the digestive process. These enzymes can also help prevent or relieve occasional indigestion.

Bifidophilus Flora Force® is recommended for daily use to maintain a healthy balance of friendly flora within the intestinal tract. These beneficial microorganisms help the body break down food into easily absorbed nutrients and they promote immunity.

Gastro Health® Concentrate offers nutritional support for the stomach. The ingredients in this proprietary formula may help inhibit the growth of unwanted invaders. In addition, Gastro Health can help soothe stomach irritations and relieve occasional associated stomach discomfort.

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Food Enzymes (120) Provides a blend of enzymes to digest proteins,carbohydrates and fats.

Bifidophilus (90) The healthy human intestinal tract contains billions of intestinal flora that live in a delicate balance with each other and in symbiosis with us.

Gastro Health Conc. (60) Inhibits the growth of the dangerous H. pylori bacteria.
 

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