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Parents in my clinic are always asking about how to keep their children healthy. I am a fundamentalist by nature in the sense that I think the day to day little things affect their health the most.
In my opinion, the top three main aspects that I think may impact a child's health are the following:
- Nutrition: food is the foundation of health and cellular function. Rates of childhood obesity are high. Healthy non-processed foods should be a top priority for parents. Nowadays, there are so many pre-prepared food options that are made from whole natural unprocessed foods that even if you have no time to cook, try checking out the grocery stores around you...you just might be surprised.
- Exercise and activities: instilling exercise and movement into a child's daily repertoire is essential to their long term health. Children who do not grow up thinking that they should be active daily, may have a harder time being active later on. So, encourage your kids to go out and run around with friends or be active at school or even doing exercise DVDs at home with you. The point is that children need to learn that being active on most days of the week should be a norm and not a rarity.
- Chemical exposures: cleaning supplies and toxins in the home and in our foods can significantly impact our children. I would strongly recommend using organic cleaning supplies in areas where your children regularly occupy. I would also suggest organic foods if it's financially possible. Chemicals in vaccines and any concerns about that need to be addressed with your pediatrician but typically, the concerns can be reasonably addressed once you get the dialogue going with your doctor.
When it comes down to it, these factors can significantly impact your children's health. But ultimately, your relationship with your children are equally, if not, more importantly a factor of their health.
So, in regards to these 3 factors, maybe using them as ways to spend time with your children is even a better idea. Having them help you shop for healthy foods and cooking with them or going biking with them or exercising with them or doing house chores with them with organic cleaning supplies would be a good way to spend quality time with your children.
Because no matter what they eat or are exposed to, what healthy children all have in common are parents who are able to spend time with them and guide them and help them learn the limitations of what's right and wrong.
So, since you are reading this article, my guess is that you are already one of those great parents who care about their children and spending time with them daily to help guide them is something you are already doing. In that case, I think your children are lucky to have you and your children will be fine as long as you keep on doing what you're doing.
Dr. Julie T. Chen is board-certified in internal medicine and fellowship-trained and board-certified in integrative medicine. She has her own medical practice in San Jose, Calif. She is the medical director of corporation wellness at several Silicon Valley-based corporations, is on several medical expert panels of Web sites and nonprofit organizations, is a recurring monthly columnist for several national magazines, and has been featured in radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews. She incorporates various healing modalities into her practice including, but is not limited to, medical acupuncture, Chinese scalp acupuncture, clinical hypnotherapy, strain-counterstrain osteopathic manipulations, and biofeedback. To learn more, visit www.makinghealthyez.com.
What does soda have to do with your child's aggressive behavior? Quite a lot, according to a new study.
Researchers recently found that children who consumed soda tended to measure higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than kids who do not drink soda.
The study published by The Journal of Pediatrics was cautious to blame soda entirely for aggressive behavior, but it did make a connection.
Researchers used an existing study of mothers and their 2,929 children from 20 large U.S. cities. The mothers and children were first recruited between 1998 and 2000 to be periodically interviewed and evaluated.
According to the study, mothers completed a checklist on children's behaviors over the previous two months to measure withdrawal, attention and aggression. The mothers were also asked how many servings of soda their children drank per day and about other habits such as TV watching. Overall, 43 percent of the kids drank at least one soda per day and 4 percent drank four or more servings.
Aggressive behavior was measured on a scale between 0 and 100 - with higher scores indicating more aggression. Kids who reportedly drank no soda scored 56 on the aggression scale, on average. That compared to 57 among kids who drank one serving per day, 58 among those who drank two servings, 59 among those who drank three servings and 62 for four soda servings or more per day. Researchers found that drinking two or four or more servings of soda per day was tied to higher aggression scores. Overall, kids who drank four or more servings of soda per day were twice as likely to destroy other people's belongings, get into fights and physically attack people, compared to children who didn't drink soda, according to the study.
Stick to healthy beverages for your child such as water to stay hydrated. Water is all natural with no potential side effects on behavior.
The summer season is in full effect and the outdoors is the place where many kids will be spending their time – under the scorching sun. So how can you make sure they are safe?
Here are a few tips to help your kids make it through the hot weather in a healthy way while they are out of school:
- Sunscreen is a MUST – Make sure your kids are prepared for the sunny afternoons by protecting their skin with sunscreen. This will ensure they are not prone to skin rashes and heat stroke.
- Take Water Breaks – Kids love to play, but they need to stay hydrated, so if you are planning on being outside for a long period of time, make sure your kids are equipped with water to help replenish.
- Watch the bumps, bruises and bugs! – Make sure your family has an emergency kit handy for unexpected bug bites or injuries that may occur at play.
- Pack healthy treats – Summer is a good time to instill healthy eating habits for your kids. Try introducing grilled veggies and summer fruits on your summer outings and keep your kids healthy.
The more prepared your kids are the more you will be able to enjoy the rest of the summer without any stress - a major plus.
By Editorial Staff of To Your Health
In our world of convenience, nutrition often takes a big hit, and that's no more true than during the summer, when kids have way more time and their hands and, depending on their age, less supervision. That's a recipe for nutritional disaster if not properly managed. As a parent, what can you do? Here are three areas you can influence in terms of the nutritional choices available to your children this summer – not to mention throughout the year:
1. Think Fridge, Not Pantry: With processed, empty-calorie foods being churned out by food manufacturers at an all-time high, it's too easy to stock your pantry with these poor-nutrition items and let your kids have at it. A better option is to minimize the pantry choices and opt for a fully stocked fridge. Why? Simple: In many cases, things that need to be refrigerated generally are better for you than things that have an eternal shelf life. Natural, whole foods don't last forever, whereas foods filled with preservatives and artificial flavors / colors can stay in the cupboard for what seems like years. So give your kids lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, and leave the chips, crackers and cookies off your shelves.
2. Go With Cups Instead of Cans: We're talking about replacing those endless cans of soda with water, of course, and it's particularly important during the summer months, when hot, dry weather and ample opportunity for outdoor activities merge to increase the body's H20 demands. Too little water throughout the day and your children could end up paying for it in the form of dehydration, constipation and other nasty health consequences. And let's not forget that soft drinks and other sugary beverages provide zero sustainable nutrition and may actually increase appetite, leading to weight gain.
3. Try Stove Instead of Microwave: Cheese sticks, mini pizzas, macaroni and cheese, burritos ... the list goes on and on. Many families turn to the microwave to prepare food more than the stove, which often means replacing healthier, whole-food options with frozen entrees, snacks and treats that lack in overall nutritive value. Believe it or not, in the time it takes to find space in your freezer for all those processed, frozen foods, you could probably be prepping healthier options that your kids can still turn to in a pinch – or that they can prep themselves if old enough, teaching a skill that will last them a lifetime.
Ah, the indescribable joys of pregnancy. The anticipation of new life, the intimate, developing bond between mother and child ... and the back pain. More than 50% of women experience back pain during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, and frequently the pain can be excruciating and debilitating.
A Swedish study involving 258 pregnant women investigated whether water gymnastics could reduce the intensity of back pain and the number of days taken for sick leave. Women were divided equally into two groups: an exercise group that participated in water gymnastics (one hour of relaxation exercises, performed in a swimming pool and accompanied by music) during the second half of their pregnancy; and a control group that did not participate in water gymnastics.
Although back pain intensity increased during the course of pregnancy for both groups, the exercise group reported less pain compared with the control group. The total number of reported days on sick leave was also lower in the exercise group (982 days taken) compared with controls (1,484 days taken).
Many of the joys and frustrations of parenthood will last much longer than nine months, so prepare yourself. But back pain is one frustration that doesn¹t have to last. If you're expecting a child and are experiencing back pain, talk to your doctor of chiropractic about making your pregnancy as pain-free as possible.
Kihlstrand M, Stenman B, Nilsson S, et al. Water gymnastics reduced the intensity of back/low back pain in pregnant women. Acta Obstetrics Et Gynecologica Scandinavia, March 1999: Vol. 78, No. 3, pp180-85.
For more information on women¹s health, go tohttp://www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/women.html