Thursday, February 24, 2011
By Julie Engebretson
In the past decade, Americans have become increasingly aware of a rampant epidemic. Televised public service announcements encourage parents, teachers and doctors to watch for the danger signs as childhood obesity continues to rise.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 20 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight or obese!
"Many of our lifestyle habits are truly increasing our risk factors, from an early age, for a number of health problems in adulthood," says Kathy Shadle James, DNSc, CNP, an associate professor of nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of San Diego, who also provides weight counseling for obese adolescents and their parents. "These [risk factors] include diabetes, high blood pressure, polycystic ovarian disease in women and heart disease; not to mention unseen factors such as low self-esteem, diminished body image and even depression."
Girl holding orange up to her eye. Parents are urged to be part of a solution to this growing concern, meeting the problem of childhood obesity head-on and taking measures to avoid the potentially lifelong consequences surrounding this condition. Here are six ways you can become a force of change and a lasting example of health for your children.
Boy raising his arms in triumph. 1. Establish motivation for your children to eat well. Each family member, depending on their age, interests and physical condition, has a different understanding about why proper nutrition is so important. It's helpful to identify everyone's "good food motivators," says Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, clinic nutrition coordinator at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle. "For a 3-year-old, it may be to grow tall. For a 13-year-old, it may be to be the best soccer player. Help identify motivators with your family that are personal and individualized, and use these to encourage healthful food choices."
Plate full of fruit. 2. Make good foods easily accessible to children. When children head to the pantry or refrigerator for a little something to eat, more often than not, they will reach for the first thing visible. So try slicing up carrot sticks and storing them in clear containers on eye-level shelves in the refrigerator. Place baskets of fruit on the kitchen table. Store dried fruits and nuts in glass jars. No matter your strategy for making good foods first, healthy snacking starts with the parent. "Making good choices begins at the grocery store, with parents selecting which foods to bring home," says Boutin. "If healthy foods are the choices, the right choices are easy."
Mother and two children enjoy a meal. 3. Establish a regular schedule for meals and snacks. Let's face it: It takes time to eat right and regularly. But the benefits, of establishing why and where we eat, are worth the effort. It's really a question of priority. "Families have to decide together to make nutrition a priority. Parents are responsible for providing regular times to eat," says Dr. James. Sticking to scheduled meal and snack times also encourages a healthy attitude toward food and an understanding of its purpose.
"Help your family recognize physical hunger as separate from emotional needs," advises Boutin. One easy way to thwart your good efforts is allowing your child to eat regular meals in front of the television! Studies show that, while watching television, children exhibit very little brain activity, allowing for mindless eating - literally. In order to recognize fullness, the brain must be engaged, telling the stomach, in a sense, that it's time to stop eating. According to Boutin, establishing regular meal times and locations will ensure that "food will be used at the right times, in the right ways."
4. Get children involved in grocery shopping. This proposition might sound frightful, especially for parents whose children show a proclivity toward tantrums. So, although it might not be the best idea to take Junior with you on a two-hour supermarket excursion, try a quick trip to the farmers market or specifically to the produce section of the grocery store, and "involve the child in selecting two new fruits or vegetables to try that week," suggests Dr.
James. Chances are, they'll go for what's colorful, and coincidentally, the more color, the more likely the food contains higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients the body needs.
Father and son cooking together. 5. Get children involved in cooking. This can result in a bit of extra cleanup, but when children become more familiar with simple meal preparation, they learn that "healthful cooking need not be complex," according to Boutin. For breakfast, ask your child which fresh veggies he or she would like folded into an omelet, or have them select a handful of berries from the refrigerator to top a bowl of cereal. For dinner, make a pizza or a calzone together using a whole-wheat crust and low-fat mozzarella. Ask your child to choose three veggie toppings, like sliced mushrooms, zucchini and chopped bell peppers, and let them load on the veggies.
Boy smiles while holding glass of milk. 6. Limit your child's beverage menu. What your child drinks is just as important as what he or she eats. Many beverages commonly served in the home can do great harm to a child's health. Soft drinks are the worst offenders. It's a hard-line stance, but soda should be eliminated from the home if at all possible. At 100 to 150 calories and nearly 30 grams of sugar per can, these heavily marketed beverages boast no nutritional value whatsoever and can contribute to cavities, childhood obesity and diabetes. Not to mention the caffeine, a drug that children certainly do not need. But, you don't have to worry about your child drinking too much soda if it isn't available at all.
Even juice should be limited. Each 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice, a commonly cited source of vitamins and often fortified with calcium, packs 110 calories. If unlimited, multiple glasses of orange juice each day can result in the consumption of several hundred excess calories daily. The Nemours Foundation, www.kidshealth.org, offers these "juicy" guidelines for parents:
* Up to 6 months old: no juice.
* 6-12 months old: no more than 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of 100 percent juice per day, always served in a cup.
* 1-6 years old: 4-6 ounces (120-180 milliliters) of 100 percent juice per day.
* 7-18 years old: 8-12 ounces (240-360 milliliters) of 100 percent juice per day.
Make a habit of offering milk and water to drink. Soymilk also is a good choice. An 8-ounce glass of low-fat milk offers 300 milligrams of calcium. Good ol' H2O is always your best bet. Children, as well as adults, often mistake dehydration for hunger. Serving more water gets children used to recognizing the signs of dehydration and desiring a calorie-free and virtually taste-free beverage to quench their thirst.
So, there you have it: Six simple ways to lay a solid nutritional foundation for your children. Remember, teaching your children the fundamentals of proper nutrition is just like teaching them how to ride a bike - once they learn, they never forget.
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Consume a plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables; minimize starchy foods.
2. Vegetable and fruit intake:
Eat five or more servings of fruits/vegetables per day (excluding beans, lentils, chick peas, etc. and starchy vegetables).
3. Consumption of other plant foods:
Eat seven or more daily portions of a variety of cereals, roots, tubers, plantains, etc.; minimize intake of processed foods and refined sugars.
4. Alcohol consumption:
Alcohol intake is discouraged; if at all, limit to less than one drink per day.
5. Meat consumption:
If consumed at all, limit to 3 ounces daily.
6. Total fats and oils:
Limit consumption of fatty foods; use moderate amounts of appropriate vegetable oils when necessary.
7. Salt and salting:
Limit consumption of salted foods and use of cooking/table salt; use herbs and spices as alternate seasoning options.
8. Food storage:
Do not eat food subject to contamination due to long storage at ambient temperatures. Preserve perishable food appropriately via refrigeration, freezing, etc.
9. Additives and residues:
Minimize levels of additives, contaminants and other residues in food sources.
10. Food preparation:
Consume grilled or broiled meat and fish occasionally, avoiding burning of meat juices and charring.
Benefits of hCG for Weight Loss
Rapid Fat Loss Benefits of hCG For Weight Loss
- hCG combined with a very low calorie diet tricks and reset your hypothalamus to liberates from 2000 to 4000 calories per day from the abnormal fat stores of your body.
- The hCG diet targets the abnormal fat - the fat you cannot lose with diet and exercise - and the best is that your skin retracts as you lose the fat improving skin tenderness leaving zero hanging rolls.
- After you stop receiving hCG treatment you will likely find that your appetite has changed. After the hCG diet your stomach become used to eating smaller quantities of food and you will have made drastic changes to your eating behavior that will stay with you for life.
- The hCG diet will make your body undergo some amazing transformations by losing fat and weight. Your body contour will actually change decreasing its circumference and will reprogram itself making adjustments to its metabolic weight.
- With the help of the hCG diet your body will adjust to a lower calories diet - while other weight loss programs these few calories can results in a loss of muscle mass - those on the hCG diet, however, do not experience this side effect.
- While shedding extra pounds helps to improve the overall health of a person on the hCG diet, researchers also believe hCG helps to normalize the cholesterol levels, to normalize the thyroid gland and to balance the hormones while rebuilding the adrenaline glands.
- People that has arthritis, osteo arthritis, join problems, cartilages damage or cervical problems has report that hCG has helped them to make their pain go away and to improve their quality of life.
- People on the hCG diet routinely report experiencing less irritability and generally feeling in a better mood, having more restful sleep and feeling more energized while undergoing the therapy.
- Promote growth in cartilages; this is why knee pain is gone.
- Most patients find hCG to be inexpensive, convenient and highly effective. Since you drop your calorie daily intake to 500 calories, you will save 75% in food shopping costs for the weeks you are on the hCG Diet.
- The hCG diet targets the abnormal fat - the fat you cannot lose with diet and exercise - and the best is that your skin retracts as you lose the fat improving skin tenderness leaving zero hanging rolls. No cosmetic surgery needed for hanging rolls saving thousand of $$.
- The skin gets better due to the healthy eating. Some experience reduction in acne, red and black spots.
- Under eyes dark circles become clear because under the hCG diet you are not longer consuming food high in sodium (fast foods, sodas etc) which are the cause of dark circles.
- Is interesting to note that some have experience better nails after the hCG sublingual diet ex: Nails grew stronger.
- While on sublingual hCG diet your skin retracts as you lose the fat improving skin tenderness leaving zero hanging rolls. No cosmetic surgery needed for hanging rolls.
- Increase the testosterone levels in man, increasing testis size and sperm count making men more fertile. Help to treat conditions in which the testes (testicles) do not develop properly in boys.
- Used as a part of infertility treatment to make a woman's ovary release an egg (ovulation).
- Reprograms your brain to normal mode from famine mode.
- People on the hCG diet routinely report experiencing less irritability and generally feeling in a better mood, having more restful sleep and feeling more energized while undergoing the therapy.
- 100% success rate, proven with thousands of successes over 40 years.
- The hCG diet will make your body undergo some amazing transformations by losing fat and weight.
- After you stop receiving hCG treatment you will likely find that your appetite has changed. After hCG diet your stomach become used to eating smaller quantities of food and you will have made drastic changes to your eating behavior that will stay with you for life.
- All natural. Totally unique. Unlike any other diet you've tried or heard of.
- Simple easy to follow the diet plan because it has a guide.
- Resets your metabolism to normal.
- No hunger because of the body still consume 2000 calories per day which 1500 are just body fat from your body.
- No exercise required.
- Self Esteem increase because of your new body results.
- Self control by not grabbing food.
- Create faster recovery for muscle soreness after work out or extreme competitive work out.
- Rapid, yet safe weight loss, 20 to 40 pounds per month.
- With the help of hCG diet your body will adjust to a lower calories diet which using other weight loss programs this few calories can results in a loss of muscle mass and those on hCG diet, however, do not experience this side effect.
- To maintain the hCG diet results you gained from your hCG treatment, it is essential to do the Maintenance Phase and to implement a regular exercise routine to keep those pounds off.
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At six months of age fruits and vegetables are the best to start with. Fruits are a cleansing food, vegetables a body builder. Each should be introduced slowly, one at a time and for several days to see how the baby responds to each new food and to allow the baby's digestive system to adapt. Avoid berries as they may create an allergic response in some infants. Peaches, apples, pears cooked and mashed into sauces are great. Citrus fruits can be introduced at a later time.
Bananas are very nutritious although they may be a bit binding; so do not panic if your baby's bowel movements slow down for a day or so. Melons are a great raw fruit because they are watery and easy to mush in the mouth. Very ripe mangoes are also a soft starter for toothless chewing. One other note on fruits: it is best not to eat fruits within a half hour of eating any other foods at any age, as they digest quickly and will not allow the other food to be properly assimilated.
The easiest vegetables to start with are: steamed carrots, zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and other easily softened veggies. Again, introduce items separately, giving a few days for your baby to become accustomed to each food. Vegetable juices, especially freshly juiced carrots are wonderful starter foods for your baby. Juicing is also a good way to get fresh, raw greens into your baby. All juices should be cut with distilled water or water purified by reverse osmosis purified water. Other bottled water may contain chlorine or fluoride; both are known toxins.
Introduce fruit juices with caution. The juice should be diluted: one-third juice, two-thirds water; the type mentioned above. Remember that a high content of fructose (natural sugar) may be too much of an over load for your child's system. Any fruit juices should be of the type found in natural food stores because they are not from concentrate. Concentrated juices have high sugar content and are a known cause of candidias (yeast infection) in children. Another great drink for children is herbed tea. Served with natural sweeteners (see below) and at room temperature, they are refreshing and tasty.
Grains are not advisable until your baby has teeth. At the same age babies get their teeth they start to secrete salivary amylase (ptyalin), which is essential for digesting carbohydrates. Before that, children can have problems digesting carbohydrates, thus they become 'gassy'. The food goes into the intestine, where it ferments and putrifacts. Of course when grains are introduced they should be whole grains like brown rice, barley, oats and millet. An easy preparation is to blend the raw grain into tiny bits and then cook it, usually two parts water to one part grain. It makes for a wholesome cream of rice type of meal.
Avoid wheat right away, as many children are sensitive to it. Do not feed your child white flour products. White flour (bread, pasta) has gone through a bleaching process, which leaves little to no nutritional value in the product. Pastas are mostly made from processed wheat flour and tend to clog the bowels. When you start with "bread" products, sprouted breads are much healthier than traditional flour breads. A great whole grain snack is rice-cakes.
In addition to grains, other protein foods for babies can be: cooked chickpeas or adzuki beans. Both are mild and are great finger foods…babies love to participate in the messy process of eating. Tofu, cut into tiny little chunks, sautéed in olive oil with a touch of tamari sauce is easy to prepare and fun for self-feeding. Brown rice miso soup is also a simple, very nutritious food with protein. Almond butter, cashew butter and sesame butter are terrific sources of protein. Peanut butter is the hardest to digest and most brands are filled with added oil and sugar. Additionally, peanuts are highly allergenic.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners are not good for your baby (soft drinks, cookies, candies, ice cream, etc.). Sugars will only increase your child's susceptibility to hyper activity, lower resistance levels (colds), or slow growth rates. Also, avoid honey as a sweetener before the age of one, it has been known to cause botulism. Natural maple, or brown rice syrups are safer and quite sweet. When using salt to enhance your cooking, sea salt or tamari sauce are much healthier than the table salt.
Also avoid all milk products including yogurt until after age one. (You may consider avoiding them altogether!) Dairy products are mucus producing. They often create allergic responses in babies. Additionally, they are also loaded with hormones and antibiotics, two ingredients your baby can do without. Rice milk, almond milk and soymilk are much better substitutes (sometimes soy may cause an allergic response as can milk, so start slowly). If you are overly concerned about calcium intake, sesame butter is very high in its calcium content.
Keep in mind, jarred baby food is as good as junk food or fast food, so preparations from scratch are best. Baby food manufacturers make the food to please the parents' tastes. Baby food has harmful chemicals like MSG (flavor enhancer). Baby food is 60% water. In meat products, it has five times the salt. Strained vegetables have 60 times the salt too. Your infant's taste buds are not developed until the eighth month. The baby food has only been created to meet your taste, not the nutritional needs of your baby. Remember, the baby food industry is the second largest food industry in the United States. Once your baby gets used to the whole eating adventure, you can get a little baby food grinder and start giving him or her what you eat.
Whether you are vegetarians or not, you may want to consider holding off serving meat until twelve months of age. It takes several days for the intestines to fully digest meat. With a newly functioning digestive system, this can be a stress overload. Also, the meat can be loaded with hormones and antibiotics (the harm may outweigh the benefit). Better sources of protein are available in many other foods. When you do introduce meats, organic meats are preferable, as these animals have been raised on organically grown grains without pesticides and additives. Typically, the animals are also hormone and antibiotic free. In the fish family, use a mild white fish. Shellfish is not as healthy and is known to cause allergic reactions. If you choose to introduce eggs, watch closely for signs of allergy as eggs are hyper allergenic. Children with egg allergies should not be given certain vaccinations (MMR is grown on egg cultures).
Just because your child is beginning to eat solids is no reason to hurry the weaning process. The average weaning time around the world is at 3 years of age. If that seems too long to you, consider this; your child's immune system is under developed until about 18 months of age. Mother's milk infers natural passive immunity, and contains all of the ingredients for the immune system of your child (B & T Lymphocytes, macrophages, lysosomes etc.). The baby can digest the protein in this milk. Also breast milk will cause the stool to have a unique enzyme that destroys the bacteria involved in diaper rash. In addition to the physiological benefits, nursing your baby provides an emotional bond that is beyond substitute.
Take your time introducing new foods and allow your baby to go at his/her own pace. Children have an innate sense for survival and if only good foods are introduced in their early years, they will soon be telling you what they need. Along with your choices for infant nutrition, keep in mind that the regular chiropractic adjustments remove interference to your child's vital nervous system and allow his/her body to function at its best. Follow your intuition as parents when making health choices for your children; often these insights are our most valuable resource for well-being.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Benefits of Massage Therapy at Wise Chiropractic
How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?
Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing regular basis. Due to our busy lives, our stressful environment both at home and the work place we can all benefit from a little stress-management. Our experienced, professional therapist at Wise Chiropractic provides exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual needs.
More Las Vegas Residents are turning to therapeutic massage treatment to provide relaxation, relieve tension associated with the daily stresses of their busy lives, or simply to help maintain good health and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
There are so many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:
- Relieves Stress
- Encourages Relaxation
- Improves Posture
- Improves Circulation
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Helps Manage Pain
- Relaxes Muscles
- Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Relieves Tension-Related Headaches
- Strengthens The Immune System
- Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
- Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally
Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Asthma and Bronchitis
- Circulatory Problems
- Sports Injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders