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Did you know?

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

      1.      When our immune system is strong, we have few colds or infections and our energy level is high.

2.      When we use positive thinking, meditation, and prayer and have a strong family support system, we are much more effective at warding off disease.

3.      The trillions of cells which make up our body for the most part live only a few weeks and then are replaced. Some organs like the brain and the heart replace their cells about every three months.

4.      Free radicals are produced when oxygen and glucose produce energy.

5.      Exposure to the sun produces free radicals.

6.      Radiation therapy to treat cancer depends on free radicals generated by the radiation to kill the cancer cells.

7.      Between the ages of twenty and seventy, maximum breathing capacity declines approximately 40 percent.

8.      The average life of an American born today is 77.9 years.

(Facts taken from the book The Longevity Factor, Dr. Joseph Maroon)

Raising Healthy Children

Monday, May 4th, 2009

One good move today is taking place as some schools are taking soda/pop machines out of the schools. The cola companies promised to give a percentage of the dollars spent back to the schools. But at what cost? The corn syrup industry likes it. The dentists get plenty of business filling teeth. But the student suffers. For one thing it raises the omega-6 level in the body which is already out of balance for a healthy life.

The most important thing we can do for our children is to provide them with good, natural fresh foods and clean water. Instead of the candy bar eat a piece of fresh fruit. To my understanding, most tastes are acquired. If you give a child wholesome, nutritious food they will look for that when they snack. I suggest organic foods wherever possible. They may cost a little more up front but then you don’t have as many illnesses and doctor’s bills.

There are also several supplements you actually need.

First we don’t get enough omega-3—the anti-inflammatory “medicine”. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be one-to-two. Studies today say it is more like 1-to-17 or 25. (Much of this comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diets. Omega-3 is also very important for making healthy cells in every part of our bodies. They are also essential for prenatal and childhood brain development.

Probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus) are the healthy bacteria that needs to be in our digestive system. When we take an anti-biotic, the good bacteria gets killed along with the bad and it needs help to be restored to the proper level.

A multi vitamin for children then helps to fill the gays that usually happens in every diet. Keep extra vitamin C on hand for use when a cold is coming on.

As the child gets older vitamin D is a necessity for those of us living in northern climates where we don’t get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin D our system needs. Milk is often fortified with vitamin D.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is the energy running every cell in the body. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. To keep it healthy we need a balance to keep our energy up.

Just a reminder! When you buy food supplements buy QUALITY. The cheapest is probably the most expensive in the long run. A recent study showed that one-third of the supplements tested didn’t provide what was stated on the label. A poor supplement will just pass through the body without any benefit at all. Some children’s vitamins were too potent for the age listed on the label. It is important to buy a good quality supplement.

You only have one body. Take care of it.

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

How Well Is Your Brain Wired?

The speed of your response depends on how fast your brain cells fire off commands to muscles. Dr. George Bartzokis, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, led a research study on why the brain starts slowing after age 40. The research showed that how quickly you respond to a situation depends on the good insulation for your brain’s wiring. As you age the wiring gets frayed which then slows down your response time. The research suggests that in middle age, even healthy people begin to lose some of that insulation in the motor-control part of the brain.

Don’t lose heart! The research also shows that in a person who stays physically and mentally active the exercised brain may spot fraying insulation quicker and signal for repair cells to get to work.

www.StarTribune.com, November 3, 2008