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9 Secrets of Highly Happy Children

Apr 26, 2014 3:26:57 PM

Children are probably not the first ones who come to mind when you think about stress. After all, they’ve got no bills to worry about, no job or other responsibilities on their shoulders…

Yet, children feel stress, too – often significantly. They worry about making friends, succeeding at school or sports, and fitting in with their peers. They may also struggle with the divorce of their parents or feel anxious about war and violence they see on the news.

While a child’s natural state is to be happy, vibrant and curious, it’s estimated that up to 15 percent of children and teens are depressed at any given time.1

In reality, many of the same worries that make you feel anxious and sad have the same impact on your children. However, kids also have unique needs that can interfere with their ability to be happy if left unmet.

Nine Tips for Raising a Happy Child

Virtually every parent wants their child to be happy. The Huffington Post recently highlighted seven simple strategies for achieving this ...

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Posted in Children By Chris

Of all the foods Mother Nature provides, few foods offer more of a “botanical bonanza” for your health than garlic. Garlic is a bulbous root closely related to the onion, mentioned in historical documents dating back 5,000 years—before its fame wafted into the rest of the known world.

Speaking of wafting, garlic’s nickname “stinking rose” is well-deserved due to its undeniably pungent aroma that some find objectionable, but others find intoxicating.

Numerous studies show garlic’s amazing health potential in nearly every area of your body, from clogged arteries to gangrene to preventing insect bites and ear infections. There is even evidence that garlic is able to help slow your aging process. When it comes to this magical bulb, what’s not to love?

Garlic Epitomizes a ‘Heart Healthy Food’ 

Like so many other complex plant foods, garlic contains a wide range of phytocompounds that act together to produce a wide variety of responses in your body. Garlic is rich in manganese, calcium, phosphor...

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Top 10 Herbs and Spices to Help You Lose Weight

1. Ginseng

Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits, with one study showing obese, diabetic mice given panax ginseng extracts not only had improvements in insulin sensitivity, but also lost a significant amount of weight after 12 days.1

2. Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat, may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body.2

Part of the benefit may be due to capsaicin's heat potential, as it is a thermogenic substance that may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body, where your body burns fuel such as fat to create heat, with beneficial impacts on metabolism and fat storage. Research suggests that consuming thermogenic ingredients may boost your metaboli...

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DHA Linked to Intelligence in Children

Sep 22, 2013 10:18:25 PM

If you want your child to reach his or her maximum intellectual potential, the research is clear that plentiful intake of the omega-3 fat DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is essential.

In the US, most kids get hardly any of this healthful fat, found primarily in seafood, in their diets, and may be missing out on this simple opportunity to boost brain performance.

Most recently, two new studies have confirmed that boosting your child’s intake of DHA as an infant and into the school-age years may be a simple way to generate measurable improvements in their brain function.

Low DHA Levels May Impact Reading, Memory and Behavior

The first study involved children aged 7-9 who had below-average reading scores. In these kids, low levels of DHA and other omega-3 fats were associated with poor reading, memory and behavioral problems.

Previous studies have also found children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behavior/learning disabilities are more likely to have low ome...

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Posted in Children By Chris Smith

A 3 Step Children's Nutritional Study

Sep 22, 2013 9:49:07 PM

A 3-Step Pediatric Nutritional Study

1. Nutritionally Supplement The Diet With A Good Quality Multivitamin/ Multimineral Formula

True, nutritional supplements are only supplements to a healthful diet, but this step is at the top of the priority list. Even with the best intentions and unlimited supermarket dollars, the science on the subject shows that it’s nearly impossible for parents to obtain all the nutrients needed for their child through food alone.

In fact: EVERY study that’s been performed to date has demonstrated multiple nutritional deficiencies in children who are faithfully consuming the American diet. Setting the foundation for a child’s health and mental performance will require nutritional supplementation – even if the child’s diet is “better than average.” This step will protect against nutrient deficiencies that can emerge with even a relatively healthful diet.

2. Supplement The Diet With Omega-3 Fats From Fish Oil

Omega-3 deficiencies have been identified in the sc...

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Posted in Children By Chris Smith

Immunity

Sep 22, 2013 9:24:34 PM

The Immune System

The human immune system is a magnificent and well-coordinated network of cells, organs, glands, and physiological processes. Nearly every cell, organ and tissue in the body is involved either directly or indirectly in the immune process. From the outside in, the skin and mucous membranes offer the first line of defense. The intact layers of skin form a magnificent and nearly impenetrable shield against most microorganisms. Mucus membranes covering the entire length of the nasal mucosa, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts continue this immune protection within. In addition, the hairs of the nostrils along with the sneeze and cough reflexes slow down, block and expel organisms that might otherwise infect the respiratory tract. The coordinated efforts of the cilia in the lungs, bronchia and trachea effectively remove mucus and trapped microorganisms by constantly driving them upward and into the esophagus. Once in the esophagus the potential pathogens, al...

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