Grapes Get The Green Light For Brain Health

Grapes are a sweet reminder that summer produces the most delicious desserts.  No baking required.  With every bite, they ignite the taste buds for kids and adults alike.  Tasty frozen or raw, grapes are versatile in the nutrition department.  Not only can you satisfy a sweet tooth with a handful of grapes, you can obtain the following vitamins and minerals: vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, potassium, and thiamine.  And the bus doesn’t stop there.  The juicy grape gives you riboflavin, fiber and a wee bit of protein.  For those of you who thought protein is only available in animal products; it just isn’t true.  Plants have protein too!

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Is My Child Depressed?

May I get straight to the point?  Depression is everywhere.  Like an octopus its tentacles are enveloping our small people from every angle.  Children around the world are being pulled under at an alarming rate.  The suburbs will not keep you safe.  The countryside does not lead to immunity.  The world feels its poisonous reach as depression leads all known disabilities worldwide.  This is not an American problem – this is a global epidemic and, no, I don’t feel epidemic is too strong a word.

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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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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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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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3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

Every parent wants his/her child to feel happy.  Happiness is driven by a series of choices.  How we choose to feed our children, discipline our children, care for our children all impacts their mental health.  It isn’t one factor that leads to depression, anger, irritability or anxiety.  Sit back and take stock of the daily decisions you make as a parent.  Where you see there is need for improvement – seek out positive change.  It all begins with you.  And I have a funny feeling you are up for the task.  Don’t sell yourself short…dig in and get to work.

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How Food Impacts Your Child’s Mood

I know what you are thinking- those cookies look really good right now.  And I would agree.  Something about a chewy chocolate chip cookie makes me happy.  Well, guess what?  It may not all be in our head.  There is a sneaky little reason why we feel happy when we eat comfort foods like pizza and cookies.  Scientists call it, dopamine.  I call it, heaven.

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