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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Healthier Happier Families Tips

Within the family structure, parents must deal with the nutrient robbing foods which compromises a child’s growth during their formative years. Between the age of twelve and twenty five, the majority of our bones are formed. To ensure against osteoporosis in later life, monitor your child’s sugar and pop intake for it leaches calcium from the body. If your child does not like vegetables, or has a problem with dairy, consider supplementing their diet with a good quality vitamin and mineral product.

Key Choices For A Healthier And Happier Family

Whole foods should form the bulk of a balanced diet. Important sources of essential nutrients are found in whole grain bread, flour and cereals, whole wheat pasta, nuts, seeds, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to eat fruit and vegetables in season to get the most good out of them. Fruit especially are meant to cleanse the body after a season of winter foods.

Raw Juices: Vegetable juices are the builders while fruit juices are cleansers and a great source of vitamins. Vegetable juices are higher in minerals, and many other chemical elements. The green leafy vegetables have considerable cleansing power in the form of chlorophyll. This juice extracted from green leaves is one of the most effective, detoxifiers known to man.

Protein: Meat and poultry are good sources of protein but should not be eaten excessively because they contain saturated fat. Eating fish twice a week is a healthy choice especially oily varieties like mackerel, also ocean fish with scales and fins. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Cheese and butter are high in saturated fat and salt and should be eaten in moderation. Margarine and other hydrogenated fats are not included in a healthy diet plan.

If you have any bad habits, try not to indulge in them more than once a week; ideally not at all. Sweet foods such as cakes, cookies, chocolate and pastries are high in calories but have practically no nutritional value. In addition, carbonated drinks, alcohol, and aspartame products should be avoided.

Super Foods For Lasting Health

Whole foods that provide a wide spectrum of nutrients naturally concentrated are classified as super foods. These include algae, bee pollen, nutritional yeast, seaweeds, berries, nuts and seeds.

Algae, is the first link in the food chain benefiting man with a unique and complete food source. Besides providing us with much of the oxygen we breathe, algae possesses two components, (RNA/DNA factors and all amino acids) that land plants do not. Algae benefits weight loss while boosting energy. The appetite is curbed when the body receives all of the nutrients necessary for good health without additional calories.

Seaweeds are much higher in minerals than land plants, especially the trace mineral iodine. The thyroid must have sufficient amounts of iodine to function properly otherwise hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism will result. The soil is depleted of many life sustaining properties, putting a strain on society to try and fill in the gaps.

Bee pollen is a miraculous feat of nature generated by the bees providing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and a complete source of protein containing all twenty two amino acids.

Nutritional yeast is another superior supplement and an excellent source of all B vitamins and minerals such as selenium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, chromium and potassium. This product is not related to bakers yeast. It is also an exceptional source of protein, possessing all the essential amino acids and abundant nucleic acids, including RNA factors.

High in nutrients, low in calories; berries, nuts and seeds are nature’s powerhouse foods loaded with anti-aging and immune enhancing properties.

Influences Of Stress

Most people struggle to maintain exercise in their daily routines. The human body is designed for movement and becomes sluggish when the majority of ones activity is sitting behind a desk. A body is more fatigued from mental work than from physical work. The entire body is uplifted when the oxygen level is increased on a cellular level. Only through motion can our heart rate and breathing be raised sufficiently to benefit the whole system. Mental work cannot raise the oxygen levels in our bodies. Incorporate exercise into family outings whenever possible to benefit the physical and emotional health of the body.

In contrast, any activity that you find calming to the mind and relaxing will help relieve stress while strengthening the family unit. Difficulties are often related to a lack of communication increasing vulnerability to stress. Other factors such as unemployment, not being close to ones parents and family, inability to discuss personal problems, loneliness, exhaustion and poor diet elevate stress that puts a load on the whole family. Overwhelming situations are better dealt with by an optimist than a pessimist. On the whole, a person maintaining a positive outlook will more easily ride out the stressful periods than a pessimistic one. A positive attitude will help confront a problem head on.

Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetable

Not all plants are healthy for us. Some plants contain more than nutrients and vitamins. Plants can be poisonous or harmful. It’s important to find the plants that are good for you. The plants that will provide a health benefit, such as those that provide a vitamin A source.

The planet, OUR planet, has been suffering from a problem for a long time. The soil in which we grow our vegetables has become depleted of its nutrients. The plants, fruits, and vegetables grown on land simply don’t have the nutritional punch they had just 50 years ago. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased the recommended servings per day. This is due, in part, to the depletion of our soils from farming too much, not rotating crops, picking crops too early, and pesticides.

Because of the depletion of vitamins in the soils we need to enhance or supplement the foods we eat. We often try to do it ourselves, sometimes messing it up and only restoring part of the nutrition that is missing. Sometime we overload on one vitamin supplement or another. It is important to achieve balance. Body balance, the balance of nutritional supplement and daily meals, results in a healthy and vibrant body.

Sea plants, sometimes called seaweed but more correctly called sea vegetables, are still in good shape. They do not have to grow in the ocean floor like plants on land need to do. A sea vegetable floats in the ocean absorbing its nutrients straight from the sea. Those nutrients are in pure form and not depleted. Sea vegetables are a rich source of nutrients that would make a great vitamin supplement.

Sea plants are high in vitamins and nutrients, and have been used all over the world. Combining sea vegetables with land grown plants that are still nutrient rich such as aloe vera creates a vitamin for energy. Think about the impact on your body if someone were to combine the benefit of aloe vera with the vitamin benefit of sea vegetables. Many Japanese have diets consisting of nearly 25% sea vegetables and as a result have the most people living past their 100th birthday and long before the ancient Greeks, aloe vera was used as a medicinal herb.

Important Benefits Of Vitamin A

Vitamin A provides very good examples of the holistic functioning of the body’s countless systems; in particular the way in which various nutrients depend upon each other if they’re to operate effectively. A deficiency of the essential mineral, zinc, for example, has an inhibiting effect on the process by which vitamin A is metabolised and activated for use within the body.

Deficiency of vitamin A, on the other hand, is known to contribute to the anaemia caused by iron deficiency. It appears that vitamin A is essential to make iron available for the production of oxygen carrying red blood cells and supplementation with vitamin A has therefore been shown to help in the alleviation of anaemia when combined with the supplements of iron which are of course also necessary.

Not surprisingly, therefore, vitamin A is also required for the proper functioning of the immune system and in particular for the development of the white blood cells which are vital for the body’s effective immune response. Deficiency in vitamin A has been shown to lead to an increase in the incidence and severity of various infectious diseases, including HIV and measles, which remain a major cause of mortality in the developing world, particularly amongst children.

Vitamin A is also known as a powerful anti-oxidant which operates with vitamins C and E, and the minerals selenium and zinc, to destroy both fat and water soluble free radicals. So important is this anti-oxidant role of vitamin A, that some research has suggested it may play a part in combatting certain common cancers, although this issue remains controversial. There are two types of vitamin A of which to be aware; retinol, also known as preformed vitamin A, and the provitamin A carotenoids, of which betacarotene is the most important and best known, which may be converted to retinol within the body. Rich food sources of retinol vitamin A are meat, especially offal such as liver, oily fish and fish liver oil, and dairy produce. Betacarotene and other carotenoids are principally derived from fruits and vegetables.

The US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin A is 3,000 IU (900 mcg) per day for adolescents over 14 and adults. In Europe the recommended figures are slightly lower at 2,664 IU (800 mcg). Both these figures are supposed to be sufficient to obtain the many health benefits of the vitamin, but these are so numerous and important that it is probably wise to regard the RDA as the minimum necessary for the avoidance of deficiency. Supplementing to a total intake of 5,000 IU should ensure optimum benefits and levels of up to 10,000 should do no harm in most cases.

The one very important exception to this is pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, for whom intakes of 5,000 IU and above may increase the risk of birth defects. Women in these categories should supplement only with the much less potent betacarotene, if at all, and should also avoid the high retinol foods identified above.

Some caution is required for all people, however, because being fat soluble, vitamin A is stored in the liver and can in rare instances build up to levels which may give rise to problems. Of course this characteristic of the vitamin is not confined to the human liver, and writers on this subject are fond of pointing out by way of example, apparently in all seriousness, that polar bear liver is likely to contain a concentration of vitamin A which is toxic to humans, and should therefore be avoided as a foodstuff.

At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s unlikely to present any significant practical difficulties for most of us. And with the exception of pregnancy, the potentially serious consequences of outright vitamin A toxicity seem generally to have arisen only from very large doses.

So exercise a little common sense, and if you can just manage to steer clear of that polar bear liver you should be able to enjoy the benefits of vitamin A without any problems.