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All parents are concerned with their children’s health and welfare, and most have their kid’s best interests at heart when it comes to nutrition.  But with increasingly busy schedules and lives, it is becoming harder for families to sit down to the dinner table every night with a wholesome, healthy meal. And it shows in the “obesity epidemic” that’s a rising concern in United States. Beware of six big mistakes parents make with kids and food.

You want your kids to be healthy – and happy — when it comes to nutrition. Don’t fall into these unhealthy traps with your little ones:

1.    Giving in to the temptation of fast food.  It’s so easy when you are running a million miles a minute to make that quick stop through the drive-through so you can ensure everyone gets to the places they need to be, and on-time.  However, fast food is filled with fat, calories and unhealthy preservatives. Stopping at your favorite fast-food joint once in a while can be a treat, but making it a regular habit can lead to obesity and many more health problems down the road.

2.    Not setting good examples.  Children learn behavior from their parents . . . monkey see, monkey do.  Even though it seems like that they are constantly ignoring you, they are watching you very closely most of the time. If you’re an unhealthy eater, they likely will be too. In addition, many adults are trying to lose weight and not always in the safest ways.  If your kids see you obsessed with your body image, they may develop an unhealthy image of their own bodies which could lead to serious diseases like anorexia and bulimia.

3.    Not cooking healthy, well-balanced meals.  Because you are so busy, it is tempting to just throw something in the microwave or whip up a batch of boxed mac-n-cheese instead of providing a healthy meal.  Most microwave and packaged meals are loaded with chemicals and preservatives and don’t provide a well-rounded dinner. It’s amazing how many healthy dishes can be prepared in 10 minutes or less, such as grilled chicken or baked fish fillets. If you must resort to packaged foods, add healthy side dishes such as fresh veggies or fruit.

4.    Not educating your children.  It is essential for children to understand the importance of proper nutrition.  It is not enough for you to tell your kids to eat what’s on the table; you need to tell them why it is good for them.  If they understand that proper nutrition will help them become strong, healthy individuals, they are more likely to develop good eating habits and eat a healthy diet for the rest of their lives.

5.    Not encouraging exercise along with a healthy diet.  Sitting down to watch television or play a video game is acceptable – in moderation.  Oftentimes such activities are accompanied by unhealthy snacks, and replace physical activity. As a parent, you should encourage exercise on a daily basis and limit the amount of time spent in front of the TV or game console. By making exercise an activity the whole family can enjoy (such as going on nightly walks or shooting hoops) you are much more likely to guarantee your kids’ participation. 

6.    Denying your kids the occasional treat. OK, you know that candy and fast-food are bad for your kids. But they are in fact kids, and what would the childhood experience be without an occasional treat? By completely denying your kids the foods they enjoy, you are setting them up for failure. They may resort to sneaking treats or over-indulge when presented with a sugary snack. But by allowing the fun stuff in moderation, you’re teaching them habits they can implement for a lifetime.

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There are so many distractions in your hectic life: jobs to balance, soccer games to attend, and dinner to make on top of it all.  Resist the temptation to take the easy way out when it comes to nutrition and your children will benefit for the rest of their lives.

This is a huge ( no pun intended) problem that everyone needs to address
Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and get our kids fit!)
Chris
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Do you suffer from painful arthritis, despite prescription or over-the-counter pain medicines?

Perhaps it’s time to try something different. The following herbal ingredients have eased arthritis pain for centuries. While natural remedies such as the following aren’t for everyone, it might be worth a try if other treatments have failed to deliver results.*
ALFALFA’s anti-rheumatic effect is probably due to its extremely high nutritive value. Alfalfa has a proven cholesterol lowering effect and it generally helps to improve overall health, vigor and vitality. Alfalfa, as fiber, is also good for cellular detoxification.
CELERY SEED is a traditional diuretic and blood cleanser, well-suited for treating rheumatism, especially when combined with Damiana. Its inclusion in arthritic blends is a rather modern tradition, but has repeatedly proven itself in clinical trials. A famous Chinese study showed that it lowered blood pressure in 14 of 16 human patients with chronic high blood pressure. In Europe celery seed is a common medicinal treatment for gout and rheumatism.


BURDOCK ROOT
 is an effective blood purifier and pain killer. This property would partially explain its observed effectiveness in treating rheumatism. American herbalists have testified for the past two hundred years that Burdock can effectively alleviate symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
CHAPARRAL, according to modern science and the best American Indian folklore has good anit-rheumatoid properties. The primary constituent of Chaparral, NDGA (nordihydroquaiaretic acid) possesses analgesic (pain-relieving) and vasodepressant (circulatory depressing) properties. NDGA also increases ascorbic acid levels in the adrenals and has antioxidant and anti-cancer activity. Finally, NDGA stimulates the process by which cells utilize foods for energy, a fact that may eventually provide the key to its effectiveness in treating arthritic conditions.
SARSAPARILLA was independently discovered in the United States, as well as other countries around the world, to be an effective treatment for rheumatism. Mode of action may stem from its high content of saponins.
LICORICE ROOT and its derivatives have been found to possess substantial anti-arthritic activity. This property is no doubt due to the herb’s anti-inflammatory effects, although certain enzyme systems have also been implicated. The anti-inflammatory property of Licorice Root has been used in treating dermatological problems as well. In one study, the herb’s derivatives were subjected to four established tests for anti-inflammatory properties. The test results were positive on all counts. Since that time, several studies have been done to verify and extend those initial findings. The advantage in using Licorice Root is that is has none of the side effects associated with the use of glucocorticoid-type drugs such as cortisone and hydrocortisone. Yet Licorice Root and/or its derivatives can be every bit as effective as hydrocortisone.
QUEEN-OF-THE-MEADOW herb has been established clinically as an effective treatment for the rheumatic and gouty conditions caused by uric acid deposit in the joins. Because of the stimulating effects on glands and organs that clear the body of toxins and waste, it is also helpful in most forms of inflammatory distress.


KELP and CAYENNE
 provide nutritive support as well as improve good circulatory stimulation. They measurably enhance the overall effectiveness and usefulness of the blend. The trace mineral content of Kelp is among the highest of any source known, a fortunate circumstance for arthritic patients who use it.
While it is preferred that the above herbs be used in combination, they can also provide significant benefits if used singly.
* While these remedies have proven results, you should always be careful when choosing a new regimen of treatment. It’s best to ease into the use of herbs and ease out of the use of traditional medications – especially if your health problems are severe. A sudden switch of health regimen can be hazardous.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!
Chris

Do you ever get that feeling of utter exhaustion – almost to the point of being weak or sick? Or you’re so tired that you are unable to perform your regular, everyday activities? You may be suffering from more than just simple sleepiness. Fatigue is becoming more recognized as a health problem recently, and can severely affect your overall health. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, there are things you can do to combat this debilitating condition.

What is Fatigue? 

Fatigue can be physical or mental, and is not always associated with feeling drowsy. There are multiple causes for fatigue, including prolonged mental stress, jet lag, depression, disease, lack of sleep and vitamin deficiencies. To treat fatigue, you can make behavior modifications, dietary modifications and can utilize the benefits of several natural remedies.

What are the signs of fatigue?

  • Consistently being tired or sleepy
  • Consistent irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Digestive Problems
  • Reduced immune system strength
  • Muscle weakness

To combat fatigue, consider the following behavior modifications:

  • Increase your daily water intake
  • Monitor your caffeine intake throughout the day
  • Eat breakfast and eat consistent meals throughout the day
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Avoid overeating during the day to avoid fatigue in the late afternoon
  • Increase your iron intake
  • Begin or maintain regular exercise habits
  • Participate in relaxation training and techniques including meditation
  • Examine your current levels of stress
  • Consider adding natural nutrient supplements to your diet

Ginseng is a root that is native to the harsh conditions of Siberia. It has been used throughout Eastern medicine for generations for its numerous health benefits. Ginseng is best known for its ability to increase energy levels, to decrease stress levels and to improve a person’s ability to manage stress. Ginseng is most commonly added to the diet in capsule form or in hot teas.

L-Carnitine is an amino acid that plays an important role in energy production within the body. A deficiency in L-Carnitine can create the feeling of weak muscles and muscle fatigue. L-Carnitine can also help to metabolize fat that is used as energy, and when added to the diet can improve your energy levels and stamina. You can add this important amino acid into your daily routine through capsule or tablet supplements.

Maca roots are found in Boliva and are used for a number of health benefits, including increased endurance, stamina, the reduction of stress and the enhancement of sleep quality. The Maca root has been used for centuries in South America and is now most commonly offered within a capsule or tablet form as a dietary supplement.

Coenzyme Q10 is a relatively new molecule that was discovered in 1957. Coenzyme Q10 is responsible for 95% of the energy production in the body. Coenzyme Q10 can be synthesized within the body and is found in several food sources, primarily meats and organ meats. You can also add this important molecule into your diet through multi-vitamins and targeted supplements.

Fatigue is a common problem among millions of people around the world – so you’re not alone! With lifestyle changes, dietary improvements and the addition of powerful supplements, you can reduce the effect that it has on your overall health and get back to feeling yourself!

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris Kolba