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PARENTING: HOW TO PUNISH YOUR CHILD

Statistics show that most parents are convinced that they are doing a good job raising their children and teaching them lessons. However, it’s not always all that simple. Most of the time, adults have a hard time controlling their emotions and often punish their children more than they deserve. This has negative consequences for the children, causing them to develop fears and stereotypes, making their childhood scarier. Still, there are times when punishment is absolutely necessary. So here are recommendations from experts on how to handle punishments:

1. If a child didn’t have bad intentions, they shouldn’t be punished

More often than not, children aren’t trying to harm anyone, they just want to discover things. So, when a child is simply trying to learn, they should be supported even if their actions led to something bad. So, in situations like this, sympathize with the child, letting them know how to fix the situation. Keep in mind that when punishing kids for accidents, you are risking raising an indecisive person. They can do things on command very well because they are used to behaving in the presence of someone powerful. However, the consequence of this is that this adult cannot make their own decisions and they grow to not be very responsible.

2. Punishment should not be emotional

There are instances that when a child doesn’t want to obey, and this can cause some parents to get angry, to the point where they can’t control it even though they love their children. This is often caused by huge expectations from the children. And when these expectations fail to meet reality, parents become unsatisfied. Parents must remember at all times that punishment is not emotional, but logical and just. It should fit the crime, and it should not be given in anger. Parents need to wear many hats, and one of those is that of the impartial judge.

3. Public punishment is to be avoided

Public punishment causes children to become embarrassed and angry. For this reason, psychologists do not recommend using popular phrases like, ‘what will other people say?’ The same thing also happens when children are rewarded in public, they become arrogant. A child who is punished in public always feels humiliated and expects the situation to repeat. As a result, in their adult life, they can turn into a person who completely relies on the opinion of others, making them unable to make their own decisions.

4. If you threatened to punish, you should punish

If an adult said that they would punish a child then they should do it. A threat that you only promised, according to child psychologists, is worse than no punishment at all. Children quickly realize that parents just say words but then they stop trusting them. Consequently, their system of values becomes damaged. They can’t understand the difference between good and bad because they don’t have a regulation system. Still, you can neglect the punishment if the anticipation of it was already effective. If this is the approach you take, explain to the child that this behavior is not normal and it is only a rare exception.

5. When you don’t know who is guilty, punish everyone

If you are unsure which of your children is guilty, don’t just punish one of them. And if your child was with a friend, you should not criticize the other children at all. If they were with they were with their brother or sister, then everyone should be punished. Not using this technique may cause the person you punished to become a scapegoat in the future, while the other children will have an inflated self-esteem and a sense of full immunity that cannot have a positive impact on their future life.

6. Children should not be punished for past mistakes

The most important rule in dealing with punishments are punishment, forgiveness, forgotten. A child who is punished often for their past mistakes is unable to grow to be a strong person as they will be scared of doing something new and will prefer a routine. It can also be hard for them to learn from their own mistakes. So, instead of analyzing their mistakes, they will fixate on them. Timing is incredibly important when giving punishment or reward.

7. Punishment should be appropriate for their age and hobbies

Punishment should be clear and balanced. Do not give the same punishment for bad grades and a broken window. Small things deserve small punishments, while big things require a more serious punishment. Take the child’s age and preferences into account too. For instance, if they enjoy social media, limiting their usage time will be a good punishment. But if a child doesn’t use it and think of a different way to punish them. A child who gets the same punishment for different things cannot build a good system of moral values because they cannot tell the difference between the importance of things.

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KID’s SUNSCREEN MYTHS

  • Myth 1: SPF100+ sunscreen provides three times the sun protection of SPF 30: A higher SPF sunscreen may block 99% of UVB rays, though it’s only a very slight increase. Use a high SPF if you do not apply enough sunscreen, or if you do not reapply it often.
  • Myth 2: You can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day. The FDA says that even on an overcast day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds. So even when the weather is overcast, your kids need sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn.
  • Myth 3: If the sunscreen is waterproof, you don’t need to reapply it: According to the FDA no sunscreen is truly waterproof or sweat-proof. However, it can be water-resistant. All sunscreens, even those that are said to be waterproof should be reapplied after a swim.
  • Myth 4: Sunscreen doesn’t work on my child. If despite using sunscreen your kids are still getting a tan, you are likely not applying enough sunscreen, or not reapplying it often enough.
  • Myth 5: My child is allergic to sunscreen. It is highly unlikely for a child to be allergic to sunscreen. They may instead be allergic or sensitive to a particular sunscreen ingredient. Under the direction of your pediatrician, consider switching to a different sunscreen with different ingredients and apply a small amount to one part of your child’s body to see if it is safe to use.
  • Myth 6: My kids use sunscreen, so they are safe from the sun. Sun safety goes beyond protecting your kids from ultraviolet radiation using sunscreen. Sun safety tips include using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection as well as wearing as much protective clothing as possible, including a hat. Seek shade when available and limit exposure to the sun when it’s strongest – between 10am and 4pm.
  • Myth 7: My kids already have a tan, so they don’t need sunscreen. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Your kids need to use sunscreen to prevent further skin damage from the sun’s UV rays.
  • Myth 8: I shouldn’t use sunscreen so my kids will get more Vitamin D. There are safer ways for kids to get vitamin D. Include vitamins, milk and other vitamin D fortified foods in their diet.
  • Myth 9: My kids have dark skin and don’t need sunscreen. When going out in the sun, everyone should use a broad spectrum of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30. Even if your skin is dark, or rarely burns, it is important to use sunscreen as according to the Environmental Protection Agency, ‘everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity is subject to the potential adverse effect of overexposure to the sun.
  • Myth 10: SPF measures how much protection sunscreen offers. SPF may stand for sun protection factor, however it is only a measure of the sunscreen’s level of protection against UVB rays, which typically causes sunburn. However it does not take into consideration whether the sunscreen protects against UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature aging of the skin.
  • Final Tip: Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to 30 to ensure that it offers both UVA and UVB protection.


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MICRO-PLASTICS IN YOUR KID”S DIET

The scientific literature on the dangerous effects of plastics is somewhat vague, mainly because it is an emerging field, but also due to the huge variety of plastic polymers and their mixtures used in products. Even so, there are several studies confirming that plastics directly or indirectly interfere with numerous aspects of our health.

The list of the harmful ingredients found in plastics is extensive, but the ones that are frequently mentioned as dangerous to human health are:

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) is a base material used to make such plastic products, as water bottles, CD cases, sports equipment and water pipe lining. It is also a known pollutant and interferes with crop growth and animal habitats.
  • TTBPA, a fire retardant, is added to plastics in order to make them fire-resistant. It is used to produce hard, durable plastics, epoxy glue and printed circuit boards.
  • Phthalates are another essential ingredient in the production of most kinds of PVC plastic. There are different types of phthalates, of which DEHP (a type of phthalate used in building materials, detergents and PVC) is one of the most widespread and most often associated with pollution and health harm.
  • Vinyl chloride is a petroleum-derived chemical used as an ingredient to make PVC. It is highly toxic and carcinogenic in its pure form.
  • Lead, cadmium, and mercury are metals that are added to plastics to stabilize them or to alternate their density. All of these metals are highly toxic.

These dangerous compounds can be found in a variety of plastics we use every day. From plastic goods the harmful chemicals seep into the environment. Scientific evidence confirms this, as all of these compounds are found in varying amounts in water, air, soil and living organisms.

As an example, a recent study by the State University of New York tested 259 different bottled waters from 9 countries and stated that 93% of the water samples showed some extent of plastic contamination. These figures speak for themselves, the plastic industry is clearly underregulated and we are constantly exposed to dangerous plastic compounds.

The Health Hazards of Exposure to Plastic

Plastic exposure is associated with a host of different health concerns, among which are cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, allergies, certain types of cancer, hormonal problems, as well as reproductive and developmental issues. Also, plastics that contain metals can be toxic.

Hormonal and reproductive issues. Compounds BPA, TTBPA and phthalates have been associated with reproductive issues, such as polycystic ovaries, sterility both in females and males, and miscarriages. This might be due to the fact that some plastic compounds can act as hormone disruptors by mimicking sex hormones.

It would also explain the variety of hormonal issues in populations that were exposed to a lot of PVC, factory workers, who were ly to suffer from low testosterone, thyroid issues and problems with the pituitary gland.

Child development. One of the biggest concerns with plastic exposure is with child development. A study published by the Royal Society of London reported that exposure to BPA while still in the womb affected the children’s brain and sexual development. The study reports that children lacked whole brain structures necessary for sexual development.

Toxicity. Symptoms of poisoning are displayed with the accumulation of lead, cadmium, and mercury in the human body. A few cases were documented about people being hospitalized with metal poisoning because they constantly ate a lot of oceanic fish. Fish accumulated these metals in their muscle tissues because they lived in environments heavily polluted by plastic.

Cancer and other symptoms. Plastic exposure is associated with breast, liver, and testicular cancers. Studies on animals showed that exposure to plastic can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and allergies.

How to Minimize Your Exposure to Plastic

Due to the fact that the international regulations for plastic products are very weak, it is very important to be aware of the dangers plastic materials pose to your health and especially to children’s health.

The safest bet is to avoid plastics as much as possible. Baba mail compiled the following tips to help you avoid plastic:

  • Replace your cookware and plastic containers with glass, ceramic and stainless steel ones. Use a wooden cutting board instead of a plastic one.
  • Don’t drink out of plastic bottles.
  • Avoid products that have the most dangerous ingredients. These are the ones that have the recycling symbols 3, 6 and 7 (not sure what are recycling symbols? Check out our dedicated article to find out).
  • When buying food, avoid products packaged in plastic (look for unpackaged foods, or paper and glass packaging instead). Also, use a canvas or paper shopping bags to store and package your groceries.
  • Don’t buy takeout and meals that come prepackaged in plastic, cook your own foods instead as much as possible.
  • Forget about single-use plastic plates, cups and utensils, replace them with multi-use metal or glass items.
  • Use BPA-free baby bottles and natural wooden teethers for the little ones. Also, replace the plastic toys with those made of wool, canvas or wood and don’t let kids nibble on your phone and remotes.
  • Cover food with a paper towel instead of plastic wrap when reheating in the microwave.
  • Avoid plastic coffee pods and artificial silk tea bags. Use ground coffee and loose tea, or metal pods and biodegradable tea bags instead.

Takeaway

If you’re not ready to get rid of your plastic containers just yet, we have some tips on how to handle them safely:

  • Never heat up plastic packaging, such as food containers, prepackaged, takeout foods or infant formula in the microwave, even if the packaging says you can, use ceramic or glass instead.
  • Stop using and recycle scratched or damaged plastic containers and bottles.
  • Try NOT to clean your plastic items with very hot water.
  • And finally, choose safer plastics, which are the labeled as type 2, 4 and 5.

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LATEST NEWS: SUGARY DRINKS AND SODA INCREASES CANCER

A study published in The BMJ. found products like sugar-sweetened drinks and 100 percent fruit juices were linked to cancer, which 1.6 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with in 2016.

A 100mL per day increase in the amount of sugary drinks an individual consumed was linked with a 22 percent increased risk of breast cancer from the baseline, and an 18 percent increased risk of cancer overall.

Takeaway: Avoid sodas, Gatorades and fruit juices


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THINKING THROUGH YOUR GUT

In aryurveda, it is said that most health issues arise from our GI system.

In the past few years, science learned a lot about our digestive system, and one of the hottest topics in medicine today is that of the gut microbiome, meaning all the beneficial microorganisms that live in our gut and help us so much. Scientists all around the world now believe that what you eat and what bacteria you promote in your gut can affect anything from allergies to heart disease and everything in-between.

1. An unhealthy gut may promote heart disease.

It’s no news that heart disease is linked to high cholesterol levels, but only recently scientists at Harvard Medical School discovered the connection between an unhealthy gut and high blood cholesterol levels. It was found that certain kinds of gut bacteria make your blood vessels absorb more of the unhealthy cholesterol from the gut into your blood. The excess cholesterol then leads to the formation of plaques in your blood vessels and causes heart disease. It is unclear, however, which strains of bacteria affect cholesterol absorption.

What is clear, though, is that foods rich in fiber and fiber supplements, such as psyllium husks and flaxseeds, can lower the absorption of the cholesterol into the blood by as much as 25%. That is why it is always a good idea to pair fiber-rich foods with foods that are high in cholesterol, such as red meat and eggs, or to supplement fiber if you know that your diet contains a lot of foods high in cholesterol.

2. Your mental health depends on your gut health.

Your intestines share some real-estate with a lot of nerve tissues that regulate your digestion and communicate with your spine and brain. These nerves are often referred to as the gut-brain, but the scientific term is actually the enteric nervous system.

This gut-brain is suspected to regulate your mood and anxiety levels by exchanging chemical signals called neurotransmitters with your brain. In this way, what you eat and how your intestines digest food can influence your mood.

But it also goes further than that, as scientists now believe that an unhealthy gut and a poor diet may cause depression and anxiety disorders. In several studies, there was a marked improvement of anxiety and depressive symptoms after patients were administered probiotic supplements.

Even if you don’t suffer from anxiety or depression, you can make use of the gut and brain connection, as a 2016 review article suggests that fermented foods (i.e. foods rich in probiotics) can increase a person’s cognitive abilities and mood.

On more about the correlation of mental health and gut health, follow the link to our article called How Your Gut Affects Your Mind.

3. Can intestinal problems be a cause of obesity?

It is no secret that eating too much will upset your digestive system and make you gain weight, but there is another way in which a bad diet can make you overweight.

Usually, all is well and your pituitary gland will produce just enough hormones for you to feel satiated after a meal. But when something goes awry with your tummy, the pituitary gland will not do its job properly and you’ll feel hungry all the time, which can lead to obesity.

To prevent this mismatch from happening and to heal your gut, it is necessary to consume foods rich with probiotics, which can be found in fermented foods, such as yogurts, pickles, and kimchi. If you’d to learn about more foods that contain probiotics, follow the link 7 Probiotics that Boost Your Health.

4. An unhealthy intestinal tract may cause allergies.

Did you know that more than 75% of your immune cells live in your digestive system? So, it comes as no surprise that the foods you eat will affect your body’s ability to fight off all kinds of germs. Together with your gut bacteria, immune cells help your body resist infections in all of your body, and not only in the digestive system.

An example of this can be observed if we consider allergies. It is now widely believed that a lack of beneficial gut bacteria can make your immune cells unable to distinguish between good and bad bacteria. When that happens, your immune system will activate to harmless compounds and you will experience an allergic reaction.

In fact, several studies suggest that allergic symptoms can be greatly improved by promoting gut health, such as this clinical trial, in which seasonal allergy sufferers were given probiotic supplements for 8 weeks, which significantly reduced their allergy symptoms.

So, to promote the diversity of beneficial gut bacteria and improve your gut health you will need to have a diet rich in a variety of different foods, including but not limited to nuts and seeds, foods rich in fiber, probiotic-rich foods, and whole grains.

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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DUST ALLERGY

Dust mites are the main culprits behind dust allergies. Below are some other causes:

• Cockroaches – There are small components present on cockroaches that can cause dust allergies in some individuals when inhaled.

• Mold – This is a kind of fungus that has spores that are capable of floating in the air. These spores can cause dust allergies.

• Pollen – The different types of pollen that comes from trees, grasses, and flowers can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

• Animal fur and feathers – Pets are another causes of dust allergies. Their skin flakes, urine, and saliva are potential allergens, especially when combined with dust.

Signs and Symptoms of Dust Allergies?

• A runny nose

• Itchy and red eyes

• Sneezing and sniffing

• Coughing and wheezing

• Shortness of breath

• Tightness in the chest

How to Cure Dust Allergies Naturally

1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a diffuser and inhale the vapors.

Do this 1-2 times per day.

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus oil make it effective in treating congestion and allergies. These therapeutic properties are mainly due to the presence of eucalyptol in the oil.

2. Honey

Consume two teaspoons of raw honey.

Do this twice a day.

Local and raw honey often contains small amounts of pollen, which is believed to help with dust allergies. This is useful for those suffering from season allergies as regular consumption of small amounts of pollen via raw honey may make an individual less sensitive to it over time.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and mix well.

2. You can also add a little bit of honey for flavor.

3. Consume this solution.

The anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar, along with its expectorant nature, are quite helpful when it comes to treating dust allergies and the accompanying cold-like symptoms. It also has antimicrobial properties that can prevent the aggravation of allergies. It’s a great natural substitute for the store-bought antihistamines used for treating dust allergies.

4. Turmeric

1. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of milk.

2. Bring to the boil in a saucepan.

3. Allow the milk to cool a little before adding the honey.

4. Drink this mixture.

Do this at least twice a day.

This golden spice is one of the best natural remedies for treating dust allergies. Turmeric contains an active constituent call curcumin that acts as a natural decongestant. It also acts as a natural antihistamine. Furthermore, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can prevent allergies from turning into an infection.

5. Peppermint Tea

Add a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.

Strain the tea and allow it to cool a bit.

Add honey.

Drink up.

You can drink peppermint tea thrice daily.

Peppermint is quite effective in treating dust allergies due to its anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. It contains a volatile oil called menthol, which acts as a natural decongestant and provides immediate relief from sneezing, a runny nose, and wheezing.

6. Wasabi

Consume grated wasabi whenever you’re experiencing allergy symptoms.

You must do this whenever you experience an allergy attack.

Wasabi contains a compound called allyl isothiocyanate, which acts as a decongestant and stimulates mucus flow, thereby helping to ease the symptoms of dust allergies.