6 Back to School Hygiene Tips for Kids

Getting those kiddos ready for going back to school can be hectic. Shopping for school supplies, new clothes, shoes and backpacks.

What else can we do to help them get ready for school?

As a parent it’s our job to teach our children the basics of good hygiene and health.

Of course the basics of showering, washing hair, brushing teeth, changing clothes are all good things to teach our kids.

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Some helpful tips for back to school hygiene:

 

  • Wash hands often

  • Avoid sharing food and drinks

  • Choose fresh foods for snacks

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated

  • Get plenty of rest

  • Stay active, exercise boosts your immunity

 

and we should remind our children often of these things until it sticks like glue. 🙂

 

10 Uses for Coconut Oil

First of all What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Wikipedia

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There are so many amazing things you can do with Coconut Oil. Cooking yes, but so much more!

10 Uses for Coconut Oil you may not know about-

 

  1. Soothe Bug Bites

  2. Boost Your Energy

  3. Soften and Hydrate Skin and Cuticles

  4. As an Eye-Makeup Remover

  5. Deep Condition Your Hair

  6. Rub on Babys bottom for a safe Diaper cream

  7. Massage Oil

  8. Speed up Weight Loss when consumed daily

  9. Deep Fry your organic Chicken dinner

  10. Natural Deodorant

 

Have you used coconut oil in any of these ways?

 

Emergency Issue: Help Save Organic Citrus!

Organic citrus is under attack by the deadly citrus greening disease.  If we don’t take action organic citrus could disappear from the U.S. within the next decade.

Florida’s citrus industry is facing the biggest threat in history: a bacterial disease with no cure that has infected all 32 of the state’s growing citrus counties. Save our citrus and donate to www.organic-center.org to help find an organic solution to this disease.

SAVE OUR CITRUS!

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Why is Citrus Greening such a big deal?

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If you can help please go to the Organic Center’s Crowdfunding page here.

If you can’t give financially we understand but the Organic Center is asking for our help, so if you can help by spreading the word about citrus greening and its devastating effects on organic citrus. Please share their crowdfunding campaign with your friends and family to raise awareness about how serious this issue is.

BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 1 – 3lbs of Organic Dole Bananas

At Costco for $1.99

The minute you peal the banana you can smell the sweet aroma instantly and the difference in taste and in flavor will make your taste buds go bananas (pun intended) because they really do taste that good.

And every time you take a bite you will be reminded of how food should taste.

Real. Good. Fresh and Satisfying.

Because seriously people why are we not standing up for that taste, that feeling of satisfying food for our bodies?

We need to take responsibility for our health, our families and purchase the organic over the non organic.

It’s worth the price, it’s worth it for a healthy life!

We have that buying power as a consumer to show companies that this is what we want for our children, Organic deliciousness that’s found in these Organic Dole Bananas!

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At the DoleOrganic.com website it states that Dole Organic bananas are packed under strict supervision of sanitary regulations. As a consumer it’s good to know they stand by these standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are applied at every packing station on their organic farms. Growers are instructed and receive training to achieve these same standards.

Dole’s Organic Program is at the forefront of organic agriculture. Dole Fresh Fruit International Ltd., sources organic bananas and pineapples from 5 countries in Latin America.

These Dole Organic Bananas are from Colombia and certified organic by the USDA Organic.

100% of Dole’s organic bananas are certified organic and follow the organic production standards as set by the law in the US, Canada, EU, Japan and Korea as well as those applicable in the country of origin.

You can read more at the Dole Organic website –

http://www.doleorganic.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=232

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It’s good to see a big company working hard to protect the environment and not just their big profits.

You can check out their facebook page where they post news, information and photos from the Dole organic banana farms.

Head over to your local health store or Costco and purchase a bundle of Dole Organic Bananas. I promise you’ll go bananas for these bananas! (again, pun intended) Okay, Okay…I’m done making you bananas. *wink*

Help Cure And Soothe Your Sunburn With Vinegar

For most of us, there has been many times we have been out enjoying the warmer weather and have been exposed to too much sun.  Whether it be a day out on the beach or a day at the park, there are times when it seems difficult to avoid the inevitable sunburn.

Although there are many products that you can use to block sun exposure to avoid the painful effects of you outdoors adventure, most of these products are full of harmful ingredients.  Some of which have been known to cause the very thing your trying to vinegar1avoid, cancer.

But there is something you use to soothe your pain and help treat that unwanted painful redness, and that is vinegar.  Yes, that’s right, vinegar.  Whether it apple cider or white distilled, vinegar can heal a sunburn in no time.  One person says that before bedtime she applied regular vinegar to the exposed areas and woke with “no redness, no itching, no tingling” and also said ” . . . immediately takes all the pain out of your sunburn.”

Why is vinegar so effective while dealing with sun exposure?  According to Bonnie K. McMillen, R.N., B.S.N., college health nurse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, “Vinegar has antiseptic properties that can kill germs and relieve pain.”

It works by balancing your skins acid and alkalinity levels, which helps with the healing process.  Its strange to think that this common kitchen ingredient would be so effective, but its true.  Not only having healing powers for sunburn, vinegar can also be an effective way to cure acne.  Diluting the vinegar with water an applying it to your face will keep excess oils at bay.

Strange? Yes.  Effective? Definitely.  Next time your in pain and have reddened skin from the sun, take a trip to your kith and see for yourself.  You will not be disappointed.

Pinneapple As An Alternative To Cough Syrup

Studies show that this tropical fruit mixed with other ingredients can be an effective medicine for relief with those who have tuberculosis and other coughing issues.

In one case study, with a mixture of raw pineapple juice, raw honey, cayenne pepper and salt helped dissolve mucus in the lungs of patients with tuberculosis.  In other instances, studies showed that the raw extracts from pineapple had the ability to dissolve mucus up to 5x faster then regular over-the-counter cough syrups.  With the recovery time being 4x quicker.  Pineapple2

So why does this tropical fruit have the impact that it does?  The fruit contains bromelain, which is an enzyme responsible for fighting inflammation and helping in digestion. Along with the fact that it also has a great deal of manganese, which aids in the formation of connective tissue and improving nerve function. Knowing that makes it easy to see how it helps fight coughs and fight mucus build-up in the lungs.

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C which fights free radicals and allows airways to function more effectively. Pineapple has many other health benefits as it has shown to provide arthritis relief, help combat cancers of the breast, throat and mouth, and manage blood pressure.

 

 

Article sources include:

http://themindunleashed.org

http://www.whfoods.com

http://www.organicfacts.net

Delicious Baked Tilapia

Looking for an easy dish to cook that is delicious and healthy?  With a preparation time of 5 mins and bake time of 30 mins, you still have time to unwind after a hard days work without more work to do in the kitchen.  Try this amazing baked tilapia recipetilapia1

“This easy recipe for tilapia only takes a few minutes to prepare, uses few ingredients, and is flavorful.”

Ingredients:

(serving size 4)

  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets tilapia
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen cauliflower with broccoli and red pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees F). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. Place the tilapia fillets in the bottom of the baking dish and dot with butter. Season with Old Bay seasoning and garlic salt. Top each one with a slice or two of lemon. Arrange the frozen mixed vegetables around the fish, and season lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Cover the dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until vegetables are tender and fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition:

  • Calories – 172 kcal
  • Carbohydrates – 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol – 46 mg
  • Fat – 3.6 g
  • Fiber – 2.7 g
  • Protein – 24.8 g
  • Sodium – 354 mg

Tighten Your Belly With 5 Easy Exercises

I’m sure we all wish that we could shed a few pounds, especially around the midsection.  With the warmer weather here it seems to be more of a priority.  Of course we all wand to look good in a bathing suit but the are other, health conscience reasons, you should want to lose that spare tire around your midsections.

Why is belly fat so bad? The fat that surrounds your midsection is easily broken down and absorbed into the blood, traveling to the liver where it increases the production of triglycerides and so-called “bad” cholesterol, both of which have been implicated in an array of diseases and medical conditions. It also works to upset the balance between blood sugar and insulin, which can result in diabetes and metabolic problems.

But nevertheless, we want to get rid of it and have that tight body when we look in the mirror.  So lets take a look at some exercises that we can accomplish at home.

Rolling crunches

Begin by lying flat on the floor with your lower back pressed against the floor for support. With your hands behind your head, begin as though you’re performing a sit-up, rolling your shoulders upward and forward and gently lifting your legs, bending them and rocking them toward your chest. If you can’t lift your head far, or at all, that’s OK; start with just the roll until you build up your strength. Repeat 10 times.bf2

Lunge twist

Combine the power of a forward lunge with the waist-whittling motion of the torso twist: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, lunge forward with your right leg and gently rotate your upper body to the right. Move back to starting position and repeat with the left leg, performing 8 to 10 reps on each side.

Squat jump

Stand as in the lunge twist and squat down as though you’re sitting in a chair. Now jump straight up, raising both arms straight over your head. Land in the squat position and repeat 12 times.

Alternate hop

Standing as for the lunge twist, put your hands on your hips. Now step forward using your left leg while raising your right leg up to a 90-degree angle. The effect is as if you’re getting ready to take a giant step with the right leg. Now jump straight up on your left foot, landing with both feet together. Do eight for each leg.

Side leg kicks

Tone the obliques,the side muscles responsible for your love handles

With this exercise: Lie on your right side with your legs together and straight. Prop your upper body on your elbow, placing your lower arm on the floor in front of you to help you balance. Place your left hand lightly on the floor in front of you. Now, keeping your toes flexed, raise your left leg a few inches and slowly swing it forward as far as you can while counting to two, then swing it back as far as you can while counting to two. Return to the start position but keep your left leg raised, don’t rest it in between reps. Repeat six times and then switch legs.

 

 

Sources to this article:

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http://www.nia.nih.gov

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Ups and Downs of Juicing

The Ups

One of the most beneficial parts of juicing is the tremendous amounts of nutrients, probiotics, enzymes, water and oxygen in each serving. However, since the juicing machine separates out the fiber in your fruits and vegetables, juices are digested in just minutes, and these nutrients become much more efficient and absorb quickly. This is a highly beneficial for people with immune system disorders such as cancer, chronic fatigue and AIDS.

Juicing also gives you digestive system a much needed break. With all of the processed foods that we consume yearly, this will help cleanse your body of many unwanted toxins.  Juices send a quick source of fuel into the bloodstream and allow the digestive organs to not work as hard. The high level of energy that it would normally take for digestion can now be used for cleansing and rebuilding the body.

Juicing can also be used to help or relieve constipation, headaches, stress and moodiness that some women experience before their periods, due to its balancing effects.Juicing2

The Downs

The first thing to consider is that juicing can be more on the expensive side. A good juicer can easily run up to $300 and more, and the large amounts of fruits and vegetables that need to be purchased can add up, not to mention the time spent to prepare and clean up after, can be a difficult task for anyone.

However, more important is the fact that most juices have a high concentration of natural sugars and therefore feed yeast and other opportunistic organisms. They also don’t combine well, and if they are eaten with proteins or starches, they can cause digestion problems like fermentation and gas.

The most important rule to consider before juicing is making sure that the colon has been detoxified and that there are significant amounts of good bacteria in the digestive tract. If using any high-sugar fruit, there should be no symptoms of yeast overgrowth at all, as the natural sugars from the fruit will feed it and allow the yeast to stay in control in the digestive tract.

Juicing can be very beneficial if one is ready to follow some simple rules.  However, if you have a issue with blood sugar levels then stick to a low-sugar juice of mainly green vegetables and spices (like ginger or basil), and use a green apple for a touch of sweetness.

Article sources:

Gates, Donna. The Body Ecology Diet. Third ed. 2007.

http://www.healingthebody.ca

http://science.naturalnews.com