ADHD

Children, Health

Food Coloring and Children: Links to ADD and ADHD

Artificial food dyes are made from petroleum and approved for use by the FDA to enhance the color of processed foods. Many food choices for adults and especially marketed and showcased to children contain artificial food coloring that can have negative effects upon little people’s behavior, impulse control, attention, ability to focus, learning, thinking, and energy level. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of food dyes, especially those with ADHD and ADD. (more…)

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Children, Health

Cyber Monday: The Best Gift For Your Little Ones, Technology Caution

More and more scientific research points to the many harms our modern use of technology has on our health and the health of brains, especially little growing brains. Parents and guardians can give the a very important gift this holiday season (and every day, really) of presence. We hear it so often, "moments like these are fleeting, so cherish every second," but are we doing our children just when we allow a screen to pacify crazy tantrums or fill valuable brain growing time during the day by putting show after show on? Let's agree to scale it back a bit,

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Cancer, Health

The Importance of Organic Gardening: Plants and Flowers

Aside from Christmas and Chanukah, which yields the most fresh cut flowers and plants for all floral outlets in the United States, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter/Passover are the top holidays where people buy and indulge in beautiful arrangements for others or themselves. It is very important to know that the quality (not just how colorful and fragrant the floral arrangements are) of the flowers, how they are grown and treated prior to selling, is very important to the health of the people who receive the flowers (be it yourself, or for the people you care for). (more…)

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Children, Health

Your Napping and Sleeping Children: 6 Habits and Practices for Parents

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that consistency of young children's bedtime is associated with positive performance on a variety of intellectual tests (CNN Health, 2013). While routine and consistent habits foster a safe and steady rhythm for growing children, additional habits could possibly provide parents with some calmer, happier and more agreeable children during the "witching hour" that leads to final  bed time. Feed Your Children "Calm"  1. Prepare and feed your children foods from scratch. Avoid fast and pre-packaged foods. 2. Try to stay away from processed foods with refined starches, sugars,

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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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Health

The Many Ways Sugar Harms Your Health

The amazing things sugar can do far surpass the momentary happiness on your tongue after consuming a mouth full of it on a fresh donut or in your morning coffee. Unfortunately, sugar can also throw off the body's homeostasis and create many short term and long term problems. Excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences such as achy joints, acne, wrinkle, digestive problems, mood swings and a slew of metabolic affects. In almost all parts of developed countries and third world countries as well, people are ingesting entirely too much sugar. So much that we are

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Health

The Many Ways Pets Improve Your Health

Your favorite animal can make you healthy and help you stay that way. You may be surprised at just how many ways a pet can improve your health. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost our immunity. They can even reduce the risk of allergies and asthma! (more…)

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Children, Health

10 Top Worst Foods for Children

Today’s diet is worse than ever, dominated by processed foods containing insignificant amounts of nutrients. In addition, scientific research shows that the trans-fat, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, white flour, butter, nitrates, and concentrated sweeteners all contribute to the obesity, cancer causing cell development and increasing hyperactivity and ADHD in both children and adults. (more…)

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