If you've noticed that you have put on a few pounds recently, particularly in your mid section, it could be due to chronic stress. Stress and weight gain can be linked. Find out why…
Yogurt is one of the world’s oldest foods, likely created by accident when lukewarm milk hooked up with bacteria and fermentation occurred. The process of yogurt making hasn't changed much over the centuries, but increasingly, we’re appreciating yogurt not only for great taste and adaptability in the kitchen but also for its abundant health perks.
Yogurt is brimming with live active cultures, beneficial bacteria that boost immune and digestive health. Along with plenty of bone-building calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and protein to help build and repair muscles, yogurt can be considered a superfood.
There are many types of yogurt on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars, colors and additives. Stick to plain and add your own personal touches. Here are some of the many forms of yogurt that are available. There is something for everyone. Read more
As your children get ready to go back to school (if they aren't there already), it is important to remind them to wash their hands often. According to my doctor, this time of year keeps her especially busy.
Colds, viruses and strep throat are common illnesses seen in those first few weeks of school. Kids spend the whole summer collecting germs, and once they start school, they are back in close quarters and those germs are easily spread. The best defense is good hand hygiene, including proper hand washing. Show your children how to wash their hands with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. If you have very little ones, tell them to sing the ABCs while they are washing.
Here are four other tips to help strengthen your kids' immune system:
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. Read more
Some kids have started school already, but for many it is still a few weeks away. Personally, there is nothing that gives me more anxiety than the thought of lice coming home on the heads of my kids. I am itching right now, just thinking about it. Here are some ways you can help protect against lice.
Head lice lay tiny, teardrop-shaped, whitish eggs in shells called nits. The nits attach to individual hairs with a tough, gluey cement, making them impossible to remove with ordinary shampooing. After a 7 to 10-day incubation period, the nits hatch, leaving behind a dull gray casing. They mature within a week and start the cycle again.
Lice are very contagious and spread through direct contact. So when kids lie together or touch heads, or when their toys touch or when they share hair brushes, lice can be spread easily. And then, guess what... they spread it all over the house when they come home. Read more
Summertime should be a time to recharge, have fun and forget about another cold winter. Unfortunately, traveling can be stressful for many reasons. Here are 3 blogs that will make your summer travel plans less stressful and more enjoyable.
1. First Aid Kit for Traveling With Kids: Great advice about what to do about those bumps, bruises and bites that plague little ones.
2.Travel Essentials this Summer: From sleep to colds, this supplement list will help your body stay healthy. Being prepared before you travel can make the difference between a miserable trip and a memorable one.
3.Healthy Eating and Exercise Travel Kit: Arm yourself with the tools you need to avoid the extra pounds that many of us gain when we travel.
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