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Children, Health, Teeth

Xylitol: Cavities & Gum Disease in Children and Adults

Now here is something to smile about! Clinical studies show that supplementing a healthy diet with regular consumption of Xylitol (i.e. xylitol chewing gum 2 times a day) is beneficial for teeth. In fact, daily use of xylitol by chewing gum containing at least one gram of xylitol, sprinkling a few grams of xylitol on top of cereal or chewing the granules in the mouth, for instance, prevents bacteria from creating the acids that damage teeth. Xylitol's non-cariogenic five-carbon structure keeps it from being metabolized by bacteria, stopping the production of tooth-decay causing acid. Regular use of Xylitol gum prevents

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Children, Health, Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Fertility: Having Babies Naturally

So you want to be a MAMA? I can help you get pregnant NATURALLY. I've been a mom now since May 2004.  Many of my patients have met my beautiful and radiant Angilynn.  She's the apple of my eye and I take great pride in her.  There's also Anais, my sparkling bundle of joy who is 20 months old.  (That's just over a year and a half for you non-parents who hate it when people with kids give months for ages.) (more…)

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Children, Health

Pesticide Dangers to Humans and Animals

When ingested, pesticides accumulate in the fat deposits in the body where they remain and eventually cause extreme damage. Infants and young children consuming breast milk ingest pesticides as does pregnant women who pass pesticides on to their fetus. Women who eat fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides, pass the pesticides on to their nursing children. People who eat meat that has been injected with growth hormones and antibiotics, and fed feed that is produced with pesticides, not only (for women) pass these chemicals on to their nursing children, but change testosterone in the bodies into estrogen.

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Children, Health

Dairy Allergy or Intolerance? 10 Top Calcium Sources Besides Milk

When children and adults have dairy allergies or a dairy intolerance, finding dairy substitutes may be a little challenging. Most people know that dairy is good for the body because it provides generous sources of calcium. Because calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body (ninety-nine percent of the body's calcium is stored in bones and teeth for structural support) it can be easily leeched out of the bones due to the amount of acidic foods we may consume. What most people do not realize is that there are several dozen sources of common foods outside of dairy that

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Children, Nutrition

13 Healthy Breakfasts For Children: What to Eat & What to Avoid

Actively growing children need food at regular intervals to fuel their bodies and brains. Eating wholesome healthy breakfasts not only increases the chances of an overall healthier diet into adulthood, it improves a child's ability to concentrate and perform in structured environments such as school and will allow them to be more physically active, attentive and less irritable. Skipping breakfast, or giving children the wrong type of foods to eat in the morning sets them up for the potential for compromised school performance, attention loss, aggressive behavior and sluggishness. Because marketing gurus know that people are predisposed to love sugar

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Children, Nutrition

20 Tips on How to Get Toddlers and Children to Eat Vegetables

Toddlers and children can be very picky eaters. There are scientific studies that point to reasons why this is so. For one, there is rapid growth the average one-year-old undergoes, and following such a developmental process, (kids between one and three years of age), toddlers gain weight more slowly. This equates to needing less food. The amount of learning, discovering and adaptation that takes place daily also affects their eating patterns. Because little ones rarely sit still for long periods of time, even meal times, snacking their way through the day is more compatible with their lifestyle than sitting down

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Children, Health

Foods to Help Recover from the Stomach Flu: From Toddlers to Adults

The stomach flu is not really the flu at all, but most likely a virus called gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. This “intestinal flu” produces different symptoms in different people usually marked by nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and a general sick feeling. While the virus is active, you may not eat much of anything and may even lose weight due to fluid loss. As you begin to feel better and your appetite returns, you want to be careful about the foods you consume. Too much too soon may cause nausea or aggravate

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Children, Health

Food Poisoning: Symptoms and Natural Home Remedies

Food poisoning occurs when you swallow food or water that has been contaminated with certain types of bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins. Most cases of food poisoning are due to common bacteria such as Staphylococcus or Escherichia coli (E. coli). Bacteria may get into your food in different ways: •Meat or poultry may come into contact with intestinal bacteria when being processed •Water that is used during growing or shipping may contain animal or human waste •Improper food handling or preparation (more…)

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Children, Health, Teeth

Natural Teething Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

It is extremely difficult to see your child in pain when he or she is teething, but it is an inevitable milestone that each parent has to face. It is part of the growing pains of being a baby, and a parent, and each person will begin the teething process at a different time.  Teething symptoms may include irritability, drooling, biting or gnawing, cheek rubbing, diarrhea, fever or insomnia. Fortunately, there are natural steps to help ease your child's pain. Most children start teething from the fourth or fifth month: about the time they are switching to solid foods. Preemies

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Children, Nutrition

Top 15 SUPERFOODS for Babies and Toddlers

Making healthy meals takes some planning. But that can be difficult for working parents struggling to get home in time to pick their kids up from their latest extracurricular activity, or trying to feed a child that only wants processed foods like macaroni and cheese or pizza at every meal. Do not fret. Small changes in daily routine, nutritional understanding and fitness awareness can make huge differences in your family’s overall health.  Incorporating healthy and nutritious foods into your family’s bellies can be done, but it may take a little work. (more…)

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