3 Toxic Substances to Avoid

paint-cansI am very concerned about three chemicals many of us have in our homes that have been proven to be extremely toxic. Since Scott Pruitt and the EPA recently placed a hold on banning these chemicals, we must be cautious and extra vigilant to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these poisons.

A Little Background

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was created in 1976 in an attempt to clean up our environment and improve the health of the US population. Continue reading “3 Toxic Substances to Avoid”

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10 Tips to Make Your Home Healthier

shoes-by-the-doorI am currently in the middle of renovation chaos. Everyone told me it would be hard, but I don’t think anything really prepares you for it. Truthfully, I thought not having a functional oven, or running water, would be the most difficult thing to deal with (yes, I know, first world problems), but it is the amount of dust that really is the hardest. But even if you aren’t going through a renovation, dust is everywhere and can aggravate allergies and asthma. And it’s not just dust… there are many items in your house that can be less than healthy for you and your family. Continue reading “10 Tips to Make Your Home Healthier”

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Scary Foods to Make Yourself Eat: Sardines

We all have food preferences. Things we like, things we don’t like. Things we’ll eat but don’t care for and things that completely gross us out. Much of the time it is okay to let our palates drive our choices. But we must realize that our tastes will not always lead us in the healthiest direction. Sometimes they’ll leave out entire food groups that are essential to optimizing health and longevity. At times it may be beneficial to shun our personal tastes and eat things we don’t particularly care for. Make our taste buds “take one for the team,” so to speak. Better yet, perhaps we could teach ourselves to like the foods that we know are good for us!

Sardines are one of those foods. The ones worth eating even if we don’t really like them.  Continue reading “Scary Foods to Make Yourself Eat: Sardines”

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Five Tips for Back-to-School Health

For many, the start of school means the beginning of constant runny noses, coughing and sneezing – basically cold and flu season. With these simple tips, cold season may not be as bad this year.

1. Get your kids to eat breakfast in the morning. Fuel them. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should include complex carbohydrates and protein to get them through the morning.

2. Sleep. Make sure your kids have enough sleep. Studies show that kids need at least 8 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Shut down things like computers, phones and television.

3. Keep active. At least 30 minutes every day of exercise is the recommendation for keeping heart healthy!

4. Make sure kids are getting into a routine of washing their hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

5. Multivitamin, omega-3 and fitamin D3 all provide support for kids’ growing bodies and brains. A multivitamin provides nutrients where a diet may be lacking. Omega 3 (especially DHA) has been shown to help with brain function. And vitamin D3 supports the immune system.

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DHA Improves Learning in Children With ADHD

Results of a new study in the journal Nutrition have determined that children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have increased learning and improved behavior when given DHA everyday.

According to the study, these effects were more evident in a subgroup of 17 children with learning difficulties and also included improved spelling, improved ability to divide attention, and lower parent ratings of hyperactivity and restlessness.

DHA (docosahexanoic acid) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid. It is an essential component of the brain and central nervous system. DHA can be taken in through the diet by eating fish or fish oil. The body can also convert alpha linolenic acid (ALA) from vegetable sources like flaxseeds, into DHA. However, some people have difficulty converting the ALA to DHA, resulting in deficiency.

Personally, I like Nordic Naturals Pro DHA. It comes in liquid or softgel, and is also available in flavors like strawberry or orange. Both my children take this and have since birth. If you do not tolerate fish, Neuromins is a vegetarian DHA.

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