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 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.
 

Colon Cleansing

11. April 2010 14:08 by IKE in Body Health, Health  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

First of all what do we mean when we say Colon Cleansing. What is the colon? We want to make sure everyone understand so I will put in a easy way. The colon is the largest intestine. Cleansing the colon go back to ancient Greece as a natural process. In USA it became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Colon cleansing removes toxins, thus promoting healthy intestinal bacteria, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system. On the web and in general is a huge debate if colon cleansing is helpful or not. There are many negative things about colon cleansing written in articles or forums but honestly I don't believe any of them are true. Although doctors prescribe colon cleansing as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy, most don't recommend it for detoxification. But that is not a natural way to do it.


What is natural colon cleansing?
There are two main colon-cleansing methods. One involves buying products; the other involves seeing a practitioner to have a colon irrigation. I believe the natural way is the best one. The natural way promotes the absorption of nutrients and also may support bowel functions. Herbal products are used for centuries and especially those for brand companies are tested and improved year by year. We recommend those products especially those manufactured by Nature's Sunshine one of the best on the market.

Colon cleansing can help you beat occasional constipation, bloating, tiredness and skin problems while gaining more energy and a flatter stomach.

You may look into ALL CELL DETOX or BOWEL DETOX most poppular products.

Glandular Support for Weight Management

11. April 2010 13:47 by IKE in Body Health, Health, Natural products ingredients, Suplemments  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The thyroid is a gland located in the front part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism and are important in regulating energy, body temperature, basal metabolic
rate, the use of other hormones, as well as helping to regulate growth and development.
The thyroid gland and the other endocrine organs may play a role in how the body responds to changes in diet and exercise.

With increasing age, metabolism naturally slows down. This occurs primarily because of normal muscle mass atrophy and a natural decrease in levels of hormones such as T3 and testosterone. An increase in the production of a hormone called cortisol, in response to stress, may also impact weight-management efforts.

T3, or triiodothyronine, is an iodine-containing hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is synthesized under the influence of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by attaching iodine atoms to the amino acid tyrosine. A lack of proper nutrition can have a negative effect on the thyroid and on metabolic rate. Nutritional ingredients that
support optimal thyroid function include Irish moss, kelp, black walnut, l-tyrosine, zinc and 7-keto.

Healthy thyroid status is dependent on the presence of multiple elements necessary for the synthesis and metabolism of thyroid hormones. Irish moss, kelp and black walnut are good sources of iodine. Iodine plays a central role in thyroid function, being both a major constituent of thyroid hormones and a regulator of thyroid gland function. Zinc intake is also important as suboptimal dietary intakes of zinc can adversely affect
thyroid hormone function.1 7-keto, a metabolite of DHEA, may increase the production of T3, supporting metabolism and weight loss.2

Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, plays multiple roles throughout the body. In addition to its best-known role as the “stress hormone,” it is involved in glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure and in immune function. Cortisol levels naturally fluctuate and are highest in the morning and lowest at night. Bursts of cortisol are also released in response to physical or psychological stress. While small amounts of cortisol have positive effects, research has shown that prolonged elevated cortisol levels are connected with increased amounts of abdominal fat and also cause increased consumption of calories.3 Nutritional ingredients commonly suggested to counteract the physiological effects of stress associated with elevated cortisol levels
include magnolia bark extract, phellodendron extract, holy basil, l-theanine and DHEA.

The combination of magnolia bark extract and phellodendron extract has been shown to help curb stress-related eating and mild anxiety.4,5 This was associated with reduced weight gain and some weight loss among study volunteers. Compounds naturally occurring in holy basil, an Indian herb, have positive effects on stress parameters and may help to decrease the effects of stress by normalizing the levels of stress-related
hormones.6 L-theanine, a non-essential amino acid found in green tea, promotes the generation of alpha brain waves indicative of relaxation without causing a drowsy state or impairment of motor skills.7 DHEA is a hormone precursor produced by the adrenal glands. After about age 25, the body’s production of DHEA declines, leading many experts to believe that DHEA plays a role in the aging process. Research shows that
administration of DHEA decreases plasma cortisol concentration and may decrease weight, abdominal fat and insulin levels.

8,9 Additional nutritional ingredients with a history of successful use in supporting the glandular system include licorice, parsley, schizandra, vitamin B5, vitamin C and manganese.

References:

1. Barceloux DG. Zinc. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1999;37:279-92.
2. Colker CM, Torina GC, Swain MA, Kalman DS. Double-Blind Study Evaluating the Effects of Exercise Plus 3-Acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone on Body Composition and the Endocrine System in Overweight Adults. Abstract presented at 2nd ASEP Annual Meeting, October 14-16, 1999, and published in Journal of Exercise Physiology online, Volume 2 Number 4 October 1999.
3. Bjorntorp P. Do stress reactions cause abdominal obesity and comorbidities? Obes Rev. 2001 May;2(2):73-86.
4. Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on stress levels in healthy women: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Kalman DS, Feldman S, Feldman R, Schwartz HI, Krieger DR, Garrison R. Nutr J. 2008 Apr 21;7:11.
5. Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on weight management: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Garrison R, Chambliss WG. Altern Ther Health Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):50-4.
6. Constituents of Ocimum sanctum with antistress activity. Gupta P, Yadav DK, Siripurapu KB, Palit G, Maurya R. J Nat Prod. 2007 Sep;70(9):1410-6.
7. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Kimura K, Ozeki
M, Juneja LR, Ohira H. Biol Psychol. 2007 Jan;74(1):39-45.

8. Kroboth PD, Amico JA, Stone RA, Folan M, Frye RF, Kroboth FJ, Bigos KL, Fabian TJ, Linares AM, Pollock BG, Hakala C. Influence of DHEA administration on 24-hour cortisol concentrations. J Clin Psychopharmacol 2003 Feb;23(1):96-9.
9. Villareal DT, Holloszy JO. Effect of DHEA on abdominal fat and insulin action in elderly women and men. JAMA 2004;292:2243-8.

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