Healthy Habits for Kids

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When you’re a parent or guardian, it’s important to instill healthy habits for your children. They are similar to blank slates, and you can teach them how to take care of themselves and their bodies at an early age.

Here are a few examples of how you can get started:

Healthy Foods

Most children are picky eaters. You can choose to go down the route of blending their foods so that they aren’t aware of what they are eating because they can’t see it, or you can choose to teach them. Have fun with this learning experience.

You could grab a plate and use sliced up carrots for eyes, a piece of celery as a nose and string beans for a smile. You could explain the importance of each vegetable and how it helps them to grow and become stronger. They could come up with stories about their plate-person before they dig in. If they are still being fussy eaters, then try various types to find out if they will like one more than another.

Hand Washing

Make it a habit that your child always washes his/her hands immediately after they step through the door. This will develop a routine to help keep them germ-free. Inform them about the reason of why they have to wash their hands. You can also ask them to sing the “Row your boat” song twice, to ensure that they are really getting their washing done. When they

You can also ask them to sing the “Row your boat” song twice, to ensure that they are really getting their washing done. When they finish the song the first time, that’s when they should begin soaping up their hands. When the song starts up again, it’s time to wash the soap off. Once the second song is over, the water should be off and they should begin their hand drying. You could make it as interactive and fun as you want.

Teeth Brushing

Many children suffer through dentist visits because they don’t properly care for their teeth. Children are not aware of the importance of proper dental care. Make sure that the first thing your child does in the morning is to reach for the toothbrush. Also, make it a rule that they have to brush before they go to bed.

Try to make a game out of the mundane task. Set a timer for two minutes and brush alongside your child. Ask them to show you how to properly brush. They will lead and you have to follow. If they forget to brush a certain area, ask them why that area of your mouth “feels funny” to remind them that they missed a spot.

Fruits and Veggies Available in Fall

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When summer comes to a close, we are in the months of fall where the wind gets a bit chillier and we break out those light jackets.

We begin to look forward to seasonal fruits and vegetables that are on supermarket shelves or at the nearest farmers market. At this point in time, these fruits and veggies are in the prime of their harvest.

Eggplant: these are available earlier in the fall season. They are fresh and will be available into the middle of the season.

Pomegranates: this juicy fruit thrives in warmer climates, however, they are in season from October through December.

Pumpkins: you can grab your pumpkin while it’s just coming into the season. Look for them in September and October.

Figs: these fruits are time sensitive, so they are available for a short while at the end of the fall season. They are great for your Thanksgiving feast.

Zucchini: this vegetable thrives throughout the hot summer months and into the early season of fall.

Cranberries: these may be challenging to find because they are native to the northern states such as New England and Upper Midwest.

Cauliflower: although you may see these all year, they are at their best in cool weather crops. Look for them through fall, winter and early spring.

 

 

Get Active During the Fall Season

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We are in the midst of autumn and this means you can enjoy cooler weather outdoors.

This is the perfect opportunity to gather the kids or grandkids to participate in various activities that autumn has to offer.

Apple Picking

Autumn is the perfect apple-picking season. You can go to a farm that offers apple picking. Have a great time running from tree to tree looking for the crispest apple you can find, compete to see who can gather the most or go on a hunt for the biggest one. You can use these apples for various treats such as pies or you can just bite right into them.

Pumpkin Patch

Take a trip to the nearest pumpkin patch and try to pick one (or a few) out. Challenge yourself to find the hideous one, the perfect one or the largest. You can use the pumpkins to whip up delicious meals and desserts or you can carve them for your festive front porch decor.

Raking Leaves

Your trees are going to become lovely shades of brown, yellow, orange and red. Unfortunately, those beautiful leaves are going to fall into your yard. This is where you get to rake up the leaves into a huge pile. You can jump into the pile, you can have a leaf fight or you can just toss them out.

The changing of the seasons don’t have to be a sad disappointment, each season brings its own contribution of outdoor activities for you to experience.

Signs that Indicate Over-Exercising

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We exercise to keep our health and body in tip-top shape. A major issue that may occur from exercise is overdoing it. Our bodies are not machines and at times you may need to take a break day- or week, depending on what your body is trying to tell you- to help you recuperate.

If you notice that you’re suffering from one or several of these issues, you may need to take a rest period to give your body the time it needs to properly heal:

Prolonged Soreness: If your muscles are feeling intense tightness and discomfort for over 3 days then your body is signaling for you to slow it down. If you regularly exercise, this pain shouldn’t be at such an intense level. Give your body sufficient time to heal completely before going back to your routine.

Bad Immune System: If you discover that you’re getting sick in rapid succession, this may be an indicator that you need to rest. A weakened immune system could cause injury to your body if you continue to work out while you feel ill. Don’t feel bad about taking a nap or skipping a few workouts until you’re back to normal.

Moody: If you feel like your emotions are a kaleidoscope of negativity such as anger, depression or anxiety then this means that you’ve exerted all your energy and you’re now running on fumes. No worries! Try to get some more sleep into your schedule. Find another relaxing activity to help get you out of the exhaustion funk.

Alternatives to Running

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If you’re trying to live an active lifestyle and get as much exercise into your daily routine, you may have tried running. Some runners claim that running gives them a high and it keeps them motivated to keep going. If you’ve never

If you’ve never experienced the “runner’s high”, and if you aren’t very fond of running then there are other alternatives that may work for you. There’s no “one activity fits all” when it comes to exercise, so feel free to try these other high-intensity options:

Elliptical

If your joints always feel achy when you run or if you have trouble with your joints, then elliptical workouts may work for you. Elliptical machines eliminate the impact that’s often associated with running. When on an elliptical machine, you are mimicking the motions of a runner while giving your joints a much-needed rest.

Walking

It’s not as fast pace as running but walking is still beneficial to your health. It’s advised to walk the same distance as you would if you were running for similar benefits. It will take longer to get through the exercise but it gives you time to enjoy the scenery around you.

Step Aerobics

Step aerobics offers an in-between of running and walking. Through this exercise, you would be performing a high-intensity workout with low impact on your joints. It’s a step to help improve your muscular strength while improving your cardiovascular endurance.

The Benefits of Coconut Water

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Coconut water is a famous beach-day treat for those who are familiar with most tropical settings.

Coconut water has gained popularity lately. Celebrities, athletes and fitness coaches believe in the powers provided through coconuts. There’s more to this island staple that most people aren’t aware of.

Hydration– There’s a reason that you feel instant relief after taking a few sips of coconut water. The water contains potassium, which serves your body as an electrolyte. Potassium will help balance your sodium level, which in turn keeps your blood pressure down. The water content is 95% water, which helps to rehydrate your body just as well as plain water.

Nutrients– One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories and includes the following: magnesium, copper, fiber, carbs, protein, vitamin C, sodium, calcium, manganese and many other nutrients that your body needs to function at optimal level.

Nature’s Sports Drink– As mentioned before, coconut water produces natural electrolytes without additional sugar, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring. Coconut water does not share the same levels of sodium as traditional sports drinks; however, it could be consumed in larger quantities without causing an upset stomach or nausea.

Surprising Reasons Why Your Eyes Puff Up

Some mornings, we may wake up with swollen puffy eyes and question what happened the day before to cause this type of reaction. We strive to begin our day looking fresh and vibrant without the puffiness.

The easiest thing to do is to keep track of your activities from the day before and assess what you did. Most times, puffy eyes are caused by allergic reactions, but there are other factors that could have influenced your skin to react this way.

Contacts

Contact lenses block off oxygen from reaching the eye. If you wear your lenses for too long or you sleep in your lenses, this may be the cause for an irritated and puffy eye area. Give your eyes a break once in a while from your contact lenses.

Salt

Consuming a large amount of salt could cause your eyes to become puffy because sodium tends to retain fluid. This means that it has the potential to build up fluids in the tissue around your eyes. If salt consumption causes your puffy eyes, try to reduce your sodium intake.

Alcohol

Moderation is always key, especially when it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcohol lowers the anti-diuretic hormones within your body which then causes the puffiness. Alcohol makes it harder to sleep. The extra tossing and turning do not make it any easier for your eyes to get the rest that it needs.

If you do notice your activities becoming the cause of the puffiness, try to adjust your lifestyle to help you wake up more refreshed and less puffed up.

 

 

What to Do if You get Stung by a Jellyfish

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The beach is a place for resting and relaxation, but there are always creatures lurking around in the waters. They don’t mean to intentionally harm you, however, we somehow fall victim to their defense.

A common occurrence is being stung by a jellyfish while wading around shallow waters or walking along in the wet sand. You would generally know that you’ve been stung by a jellyfish if you experience immediate pain with red and irritated welts on the skin.

Here is what you should do after you discover the site of the sting:

Remove Tentacles: If there are any tentacles still stuck to the area, carefully wash them away with salt water (do not use fresh water- this activates the stingers so steer clear from splashing this on the sting site). Use the edge of a credit card or ID card to scrape the stingers off of your skin.

Venom Care: Grab vinegar and pour it over the wound to help deactivate the venom. You could also mix baking soda with seawater to create a paste. Apply this to the affected area.

Pain Relief: There are many ways to relieve the pain and itching. You could use calamine or lidocaine lotion in the area. You could also take a hot shower since marine venoms are sensitive to heat. If you don’t want to get in a hot shower, a hot pack should suffice. Feel free to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain.

If you develop shortness of breath or an allergic reaction other than pain and swelling in the affected area, seek medical help immediately.

 

 

Surprising Ways You Put Your Heart At Risk

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Everyone would like to think that they are living their best lives through eating healthy and exercising on the regular. What if this isn’t enough?

Studies say that just following a strict regimen may not be cutting it and your heart may still be in jeopardy. There are many other factors that could play into how well your heart stands up to the test of time.

Here are a few surprising lifestyle choices that may be linked to an unhealthy heart:

Relationship Issues

If you are currently experiencing a rough patch with your significant other, then studies show that your heart health is at risk by 34%. Relationship issues could dredge up terrible repercussions that could impact your heart. Maintain your relationships by seeking counsel, if necessary.

The Urban Life

Living in the city is fun and exciting. However, pause for a second and think about the toxic exposures that you encounter on a daily basis. You are breathing air filled with pollution and it wreaks havoc on your heart health. It has been discovered that cardiopulmonary-related deaths were twice as high among those living near a major roadway.

Work

There have been studies conducted, which reported that strains in the workplace cause a 23% increase in heart health risks. It has also been discovered that people whose bosses considered their viewpoints were less likely to develop heart disease than those who didn’t.

Meditation Benefits

Meditation has been introduced as a method to help you focus and reduce stress levels. But, what else can meditation do for your health?

Here are some additional benefits of meditation:

Happiness Increases: There have been studies conducted that shows a boost on the prefrontal cortex in the brain. This part of the brain is responsible for emitting positive emotions. Meanwhile, the right side of the brain decreases in activity- this part of the brain emits negative emotions. By increasing your happiness, it gives you an overall sense of well-being.

Slows Aging: Studies have also shown that the outcome of meditation improves your exterior appearance, as well. The telomere length in meditators is longer, which is an indicator of more impressive biological aging. There has been a link between longer telomeres and the reduction of stress on the body, which is then reflected onto our features.

Cardiovascular Health: Meditation causes the body to relax, which helps blood vessels to open up. Blood pressure will begin to drop due to this technique. In 2008, there was a study that resulted in 40 out of 60 high blood pressure sufferers benefiting from meditation. Those 40 participants were doing so well with meditation that they could stop taking their blood pressure medication.

Of course, don’t stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor.