Category: Health and Fitness

12 Foods That Will Make Your Child Smarter

Healthy Diet = Healthy, Smart Child

Interesting Fact: The brain is only 2% of the total body weight but it needs about 20% of the calories.

A growing brain, like your child’s, is a very hungry organ, therefore, needs a lot of nutrients. It craves Omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber. Try these 10 brain-boosting foods to help your child become a better learner and problem solver:

1. Salmon – This fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for your child cognitive development. What if my kid hates it? – Try incorporating the salmon into the meal so that he doesn’t even know it there. Hide it in a sandwich or spread in on bread. I also hear they have salmon baby food. Note: Wild salmon was found to be the most nutritious. So go ahead, send your husband on that fishing trip he’s been wanting to take.

2. Peanut butter – this is a great source of Vitamin E which is a great antioxidant that protects the nerve membranes of the brain. This is easy since kids love peanut butter.

3. Avocado – They are full of the healthy fats that which are responsible for the healthy blood flow to the brain.

4. Acai berry – This berry has the highest amount of anti-oxidants than any other food. The best thing would be buying acai berry juice or supplement because it’s a very delicate berry that only grows in the Amazon. It is almost impossible to bring it to the US fresh from the

5. Eggs – They contain choline which is good for memory and helps you think better. They are also a great source of protein.

6. Sunflower seeds – They can boost your mood and brainpower. Also good to eat if you have insomnia.

7. Oatmeal – It is full of fiber, vitamins B, E potassium and zinc which keeps your child full longer and helps the brain and body function to the optimum level. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for you and your child.

8. Yogurt – It helps improve alertness and memory because it contains an amino acid called tyrosine which is responsible for producing the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline.

9. Veggies – Especially the colorful ones like red cabbage, eggplant, and spinach, which are full of anti-oxidants. Try making a soup, your kid might even know that he’s eating spinach.

10. Whole Grain – Folate, Vitamin B6 is found on whole grain and are both very important for the brain.

11. Nuts – This would include cashews, almonds, and walnuts. They contain healthy fats that are good for your child’s brain. They make a great, healthy snack.

12. Beans – Beans are good for the brain because they provide a lot of energy. They are full of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals.

Things to remember:

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  • Drinking water is important because it keeps the concentration up.
  • Avoid junk food! It has a negative effect on your child’s brain.

Clean Hands Dilemma in Public Bathrooms

A little rant the other day about shared bathroom etiquette made me remember another topic I wanted to share about the bathroom, particularly public bathrooms. I don’t want everyone to think that I have a hang-up with bathrooms, quite the opposite, I really don’t think about it much. What I do think about, though, is keeping my life at the cemetery is possible. I have mentioned before that ever since having kids, I have been sick more in my life than ever before. My health overall is fairly good, but I am much more prone to catching the “cold of the month” now that I have children. Because of that, I am very conscious about keeping my hands clean and never touching my eyes, face or mouth after having ever touched any surface or something that may not be clean.

This brings me to perhaps the most unsanitary of places, the public restroom. These dens of germ infestation are places that I will go to almost any length to avoid. Call me the camel of urination, but I’d rather hold it as long as I can to get back to a bathroom I trust instead of using a public restroom. There are those times, though, that despite proper planning and perhaps as much foresight is possible, you have no choice but to use a public restroom.

Clean Hands Dilemma in Public Bathrooms

First off, I hate using any restroom that is not properly cared for. In fact, if an establishment does not care enough to maintain their bathroom facilities, I really do not have much trust in the rest of their business. This is particularly true for restaurants. As a customer, we don’t have the opportunity to tour the kitchen to see what kind of habits they have in keeping things clean and sanitary, so the restroom is really the only place we have to judge other than the table itself. Fortunately, most restaurants realize this take care.

Yet, despite their best efforts, the design of the building itself often precludes your ability to use the facilities and exit in a purely sanitary state. This is what troubles me and the point is this rant today.

Most buildings have a pretty standard layout, meaning they have their stalls, the men’s version has their urinals, and there is a sink or two for hand washing. First off, motion sensor flushing facilities are a must. The idea of grabbing a handle the flash on something that you know hundreds of people before you that very day have grabbed after having touched their nether regions is not the best visual I can think of. I admit in some cases I have chosen to use my foot or a ball of water about toilet paper to perform this task in lieu of actually touching the handle.

Moving on to the hand washing options. Again motion sensors are the best option here. Nothing good has happened since the flushing part of the routine bow for hands have touched the handles to turn on the water. Germs galore. If motion sensors are not available, I typically end up just turning the handle with my bare hands, but after washing, a paper towel is typically my choice for grabbing me to turn the water off. Why wash your hands, if when you are done you are going to grab that dirty handle to turn the water back off anyway. I trust my bathroom habits far better than those unknown people before me. Of course, this only works if they actually use paper products for drying your hands. If they use any air based and dryer, which really isn’t a bad option, this does limit your choices for turning the water off. Hopefully, you got a good combination of motion sensors along with air dryers.

Clean Hands Dilemma in Public Bathrooms

Finally, the part of my rant to gets me the most out of everything to discuss a typical public restroom experience — finally leaving. In the standard layout of a bathroom, of course, it has a door. Grabbing that handle to open the door is the last thing I want to do after finally getting my hands clean and hopefully germ-free. Who knows if the person before me actually washed their hands, or, if they did, how good of a job did they do?

Back in my college days, I took a microbiology class. We, of course, had the typical lecture portion of the class, but we also had a lab portion. One of the experiments we performed was to swab any public surfaces and apply them to Petri dishes to see what kind of fungus we can grow. I am sure many of you may have heard stories like this in the past, but the short version is that some of the best fungi were grown right off of the doorknob to the classroom. I shudder to think what I might have grown at I found the door handle exiting a public restroom. I can guess the results, so it’s an experiment that I choose to avoid.

So with all that said, perhaps my favorite public bathrooms are those found in most airports. If you have traveled, you probably can visualize what I’m about to describe. These restrooms are of course designed for high-volume usage, especially when passengers are disembarking from a long flight. There are no doors, rather a mini catacomb entryway that allows you to wind your way in out of the eyes of public viewing, without ever passing through a door. Granted, this takes a little bit of room to accomplish, but it is the most sanitary of options.

So next time you have the occasion to use a public restroom, think of my little rant here and observe the steps you have to take to end up leaving with hands and sanitary enough that you feel comfortable eating with them. I really don’t consider myself a germaphobic, but I am pretty particular about having clean hands especially when I am about to begin shoving food in my mouth. Maybe this goes back to my previous rant about my semi-OCD tendencies, but I like to think it’s just common sense.

How To Safely Travel With Diabetic Child

How To Safely Travel With Diabetic ChildSpring break is coming and many families will be leaving for a vacation.

Traveling with children is stressful enough never mind if you have children with special needs.

My teenager (14) is type 1 diabetic for almost 6 years now. I remember how stressed I was planning our first longer trip.

I know many people who stopped traveling for many years after their children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was not planning to be one of those people.

I love my child and his safety is very important to me, but I also wanted our life to remain as normal as possible for him.

To those people who’s children has been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes……you can travel and still keep your diabetic child safe.All you need is a plan.

Travel With Diabetic Child

Diabetes shouldn’t stop you or your child from doing the things you want and love to do. If you want to travel, and you have a child with type 1 diabetes, you must plan ahead carefully.

I want to share with you few tips we follow before and during traveling with our diabetic son:

#1 Visit pediatrician for a complete check-up several weeks before leaving for a vacation. Discuss the travel itinerary with diabetes team (nurse and dietitian) and work out plan and emergency situations.

#2 Ask doctor for up to date Travel Letter – written document stating that child is type 1 diabetic and is allowed to carry medicine and supplies. The Travel Letter lists all the medications and supplies diabetic child our will be traveling with.

#3 Pack double of all the medication and diabetic supplies needed during the trip.

#4 Purchase special insulating travel case for diabetic supplies and keep 2 day supply (and all insulin) in it and handy. Store the rest of the medication and diabetic supplies in a container (Rubbermaid…)

#5 Make sure all medications and diabetic supplies are in original packaging with name of diabetic child.

#6 In a separate container pack quick snacks like granola bars, crackers, water and juice boxes to prevent and treat hypoglycemia.

#7 Keep all medication, diabetic supplies and snacks in a carry-on luggage (for air travel). Let the security personnel know which carry-on contains child diabetic supplies. It usually helps speed things up as there is not need to question everything inside.

#8 If you are traveling by air and going through security check notify the screening officer in advance if your child uses an insulin pump. The walk-through metal detector and the hand-held metal detector may affect the functioning of an insulin pump, so you can ask the screening officer to perform a physical search in a private location if necessary.

#9 If your child wear an insulin pump don’t forget to pack syringes as they can be used in an emergency to withdraw insulin from an insulin cartridge.

#10 If your child uses insulin pen don’t forget to pack an extra pen

Safely Travel With Diabetic Child

How To Safely Travel With Diabetic Child

#11 Also make sure you pack:
extra batteries
extra glucose meter (we always bring 3)
Glucagon kit
travel sharps container
basic first aid kit

#12 Make sure your diabetic child wears a proper medical ID bracelet or necklace.

#13 Testing glucose is very important while traveling. My son checks his glucose every 2 hours to keep safe especially while flying.

Travel With Diabetic Child

More things to remember when traveling with diabetic child:

Insulin storage is very important . Insulin must be stored properly, as it will spoil if left in temperatures that are too hot or too cold. Insulin retains its potency at room temperature for thirty days.

Wearing proper and supportive shoes is another very important detail when traveling and exploring with diabetic child. It’s a good idea to keep pair of slip-on shoes in carry-on bag.

Many diabetics including diabetic children suffer from skin conditions like dry skin, cracked heels, slow healing of bruises and scrapes. It is always good idea to carry a special skin lotion when traveling. Special skin lotions for diabetics are not readily available in many places.

One of the top diabetic healing skin creams is Neoteric Diabetic Oxygenated Advanced Healing Cream and you can read it’s great review @ Confessions Of An Overworked Mom

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