Strawberries Surprise With Stress-Fighting Superpowers

 

You will be hard-pressed to find a child that doesn’t adore strawberries.  Unadulterated, strawberries are sometimes tart but always sweet enough to keep you coming back for more and more and, you got it, more.  Now I know why I feel so good when I sit down with a small – okay, large bowl.  While doing research, I was pleasantly surprised to learn interesting facts about the delicious strawberry.

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Anxiety 101

 

Anxiety is leading a troubling trend in America. Mental illness is on the rise. Considered normal in situational occurrences; anxiety becomes abnormal when it blankets daily living. For anxiety to be considered a disorder, it must be pervasive in its origins.  Unfortunately, too many children and adolescents are functioning in a pool of excessive worry.  We must actively work to keep them from drowning.

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Bullying: The Who, What, When And Why

Bullying and its offshoot, cyberbullying are two terms, which carry heavy weight.  Since Columbine, Americans are quick to identify what is disproportionately normative behavior in childhood development as something sinister in its origins.  With the advent of social media, one phrase misplaced can create a tidal wave of social destruction.  Children are learning about boundaries in a world that cannot contain them.   Before you jump to conclusions that your child may be a victim of a bully or the one busy doing the bullying look for signs that may help point you in the correct direction.

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An Apple A Day May Keep The Psychiatrist Away

Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in America.  Antioxidant missiles are loaded in these nutrition bombs. We all know about the sweet crunchy taste of an apple but many of us are unaware that apples contain an unique chemical makeup in the form of quercetin, catechin, cholorgenic acid, and phloridzin.  It’s literally a mouthful, I know.  These difficult to pronounce antioxidants fight free radicals and oxidative stress, which we know by now can lead to the proliferation of disease in the human body when gone unchecked.

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Two Foods That Jack Up Your Child’s Anxiety

Have you ever given your kid an ice cream cone or candy bar and watched the immediate high unravel in a dizzying whirl?  You know where I am going with this article.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates (you got it – another form of sugar) is jacking up your child’s anxiety.  And if your child is not already anxious, sugar and simple carbs has the ability to create anxiety in your child over time.  We are talking about cookies, cupcakes, donuts, bagels, pasta, muffins, potato chips, soda, sports drinks, juice and flavored milk.  We are talking about foods and beverages that make the average kid salivate at the mere suggestion one is coming his/her way.

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3 Lab Tests Needed When Confronted With Depression And Anxiety

No one wants his/her child to feel depressed and/or anxious.  No one wants a child to suffer needlessly.  Many times we look for complicated answers to simple questions.  Is my child depressed?  Is my child struggling with anxiety?  Sometimes we can find the answer with an easy test.  Depression and anxiety can occur as a result of an undetected nutritional deficiency.  Unfortunately, most doctors will not screen for this routinely nor will therapists suggest this in most cases.  Hopefully, we can change that dialogue.  So until your practitioners suggest these guidelines; I will suggest them for you.  If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of depression or anxiety, please go to your doctor and request the following lab work:

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A Prescription For A Healthy Mind

  1. Daily vigorous exercise.  Make yourself sweat!
  2. Get outdoors and feel the sun on your skin.
  3. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Eat Omega-3 fats from fatty fish such as Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.
  5. Cut out sugar and simple carbohydrates.
  6. Take a new class (sewing, dancing or cooking).
  7. Be social. Go out and laugh and talk.
  8. Call a friend.
  9. Do something kind for someone else.
  10. Play with your children.  Hug your children.  Laugh with your children.
  11. Start a gratitude journal to help reframe your thoughts.
  12. Go to bed and wake up the same time everyday to normalize your circadian rhythm.
  13. Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
  14. Read a book.
  15. Begin a daily meditation practice.  Start with just 5 minutes and build your way up.
  16. Drink more water.  Dehydration in its mildest form can cause pain, lethargy and even anxiety.
  17. Take a break from social media.
  18. Say NO to activities that add stress to your family life.
  19. Value your family by valuing yourself first.  If you are depleted – no one benefits.
  20. Smile and choose happiness.  Or start with choosing moments of happiness.
  21. Understand that every thought and every feeling is temporary.  Acknowledge, learn and move on.
  22. Learn to apologize and learn to forgive.
  23. Learn a new skill.
  24. Cook a meal with your children.
  25. Attempt to be present in every moment.

5 Reasons To Support Organic Farmers Now

 

 

We make a choice as a family to buy organic groceries whenever possible.  We want to support the farmers who care for our planet and our health. I am willing to pay a little more at the store in hopes that I don’t pay the price with our health later.  Does eating organics ensure we will never become ill?  No.  But I would rather invest in prevention than in recovery.

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Surprising Revelations About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not what pop culture dictates.  It does not manifest itself merely as an overarching focus on detail and order.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is invasive and intrusive and excruciating to individuals who struggle with the disorder.  What I want people to understand most is one can overcome OCD.  One can eradicate it from his/her life and it can be done without medication.

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