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Xylitol: Cavities & Gum Disease in Children and Adults

Clinical studies show that supplementing a normal diet with regular consumption of Xylitol (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 or 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.

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Acupuncture and Fertility: Having Babies Naturally

In most cases, women’s emotional health is directly linked to our menstrual health. If a woman’s menses are not PERFECT, I’m going to want to make it perfect with acupuncture, but mostly, with Chinese herbal formulas. This is a perfect cycle and is nothing short of what I strive for with every woman:

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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. This conversion exponentially raises the body levels of estrogen and raises the risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women, as well as other dangerous reproductive problems.

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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 provide the human body with the recommended intake of 500 mg per day or about 2 traditional servings of milk (1-3 years old), 800 mg per day of about 3 traditional servings (4-8 years old), and 1,000 mg a day (for adults), (National Institutes of Health (NIH)). If you or your children do not like drinking milk, or get stomach aches when drinking a tall glass with those cookies, know that there are many other ways to receive calcium (so do not fret). It is always best to get the calcium you need from foods before turning to supplements. Outside of diary choices for calcium, the following 10 foods are the next best for that convenient daily dose.

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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 and fat, they specifically target children’s foods to gain profits.

Foods to avoid giving children for breakfast include:

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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 to a full-fledged feast.

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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 diarrhea. A bland diet that includes low-fiber, nutritious foods can help your digestive system return to normal. If your stomach upset lasts more than a couple of days or you experience significant weight loss, consult your healthcare provider.

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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

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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 will start later than other children, but this is an upside: you might get a chance to sleep through the night before the teething begins!

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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.

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