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Raising Bilingual or Multi-lingual kids

Our kids are multi-lingual. Today, with the development of global international culture, more and more parents want to give their young children as many language skills as possible – not only one native tongue but also other languages that can be used for the better in the future; for those who aren’t native English speakers, English is, of course, usually at the top of the list, but your native tongue can be on the list of languages you’d want to teach.

First, a statistic: Approximately 20% of children in the United States speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish as the most common non-English language. There are many more bilingual or multilingual persons than there are monolingual. More than half the world’s population is bilingual.

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Myths of raising multi-lingual kids

Our desire as parents is to help our children become bi or even a multi-lingual, as early as possible, however, the fears in doing this often outweigh the desire – a lot of myths revolve around the issue of bilingual and multi-lingual child rearing which bother many parents who ultimately decide to abandon this worthy goal. In order to debunk these myths and show that there is no truth behind them, we will present you with the main ones and explain why they are wrong and why it’s worthwhile and recommended to overcome these fears and begin the process of teaching your child more languages at an early age.

MYTH 1. Learning two languages simultaneously will confuse the child

Many of those who argue against the introduction of an additional language cling to the myth that the extra language can confuse a child leading to them using both languages in one sentence. But it is important that you know that although this may happen, it isn’t really harmful; On the contrary, it is an act of ingenuity on the part of the child, and an intelligent use of all the tools at their disposal in order to convey an idea and to convey a certain message in a clearer and understandable way.

Experts agree that the mixing of languages is temporary, and eventually, as the vocabulary of the child in the two languages learned will increase, and the more exposed they are to both languages, the habit will disappear. We, as adults, also tend to mix languages unintentionally when we don’t know how to say a particular term in a single language or when a word in another language sounds better or more accurate in describing a situation. If you occasionally mix English and Spanish, for example, when you talk to each other at home or around your child, you can’t expect your child not to do so – and as mentioned, it doesn’t indicate any shortcoming or problem.

MYTH 2. Raising a bilingual child leads to a delay in speech development

Following the previous myth, there are those who argue that not only will confusion be the plight of those who try to teach their child two languages at the same time, but also a general delay in the development of speech and communication. This concern is based on a number of incidents that have occurred, but the delay has always been temporary, and this isn’t true for everyone. Unfortunately, many parents who are concerned about language development difficulties stop the learning process and return to teaching their child only one language.

Dr. Ellen Stubbe Kester, founder and president of an institute which provides speech therapy for bilingual children, says that scientific research indicates that bilingualism does not delay speech development or language acquisition, even if your child has been diagnosed with speech delay at some level or another, Kester adds that studies have shown that children with delayed development of bilingual language were eventually able to acquire languages with the same level of competence as language-delayed children raised as single-language speakers.

MYTH 3. Children absorb the language easily and are able to become bilingual without any effort at all

With there being those who think that learning a second language may harm the process of acquiring language – a myth that, as we see isn’t true, there are those who believe that learning a second language is a very simple process for the child. They believe that all that is needed is to talk to the child in the language they want to teach, or to just place them in front of different sources of that language, for example, T.V shows and music and they will absorb it on their own and wish to speak it without any significant educational intervention.

This is an unrealistic idea that is ly to lead to insignificant results; The process of teaching a new language should not be a heavy burden on your shoulders, However, it is important to present the child with the correct language and structure, as well as to persist in proper and consistent learning, whether in everyday conversations with the same language or traditional means of study. The idea is that in the end, you must expose your child to the language in a way that is meaningful to them, this includes interesting learning methods that relate to their daily life and routine.

MYTH 4. There is a point where it’s too late to raise your child bilingual

Many parents believe that there is a certain stage in childhood after which it is too late to try to raise their child bilingual. Therefore, if their child has crossed that age, they will not try to teach them a second language. But you should know that this is a mistake because all professionals and experts indicate that in most cases there are three optimal times for teaching a child a second language.

It is true that the best stage to impart to the child the knowledge of the additional language is from the moment of birth until the age of 3 – since this is the period when they acquire their first language and their mind is still open and able to be molded – but the 4-7 age range is also suitable for this purpose, as at this age they can still process multiple languages, that is to build a second language system next to the first language and learn how to speak both languages well. The third window of opportunity is between the age of 8 and puberty. After puberty, studies show that new languages are stored in a separate area of the brain thus making language acquisition at this age much more difficult, yet still possible.

MYTH 5. Parents must master both languages to teach their child both

In a house where two parents speak only one language, or only one of them speaks the other language they want to impart to a child, it is questionable whether it is even possible to raise a bilingual child. The obvious question of parents who don’t know a second language is: “If we speak one language among ourselves, how is it possible for a child to develop a second language?” But know that this is definitely something that can be done – today there are many professional aids that can help you teach your child a second language.

Of course you should take into consideration that if you decide to teach your child a second language without being able to speak it yourself, you may also have to learn some parts of it to help your child absorb it better – but you don’t need to speak it fluently; Movies, books, and of course, classes and professionals who specialize in language learning for children can be of great help to you and contribute to the development of the additional language in your child even without you mastering it as a second language yourself.

MYTH 6. Only very smart children can be bilingual

This is a myth that needs to be refuted right away: every child can be bilingual, regardless of their IQ or intelligence. When you teach your child a second language you should not be concerned about whether they are “smart enough” to go through the process, but only whether you are willing to make some lifestyle changes to make it happen.

It might be helpful to know that children are actually born ready to learn languages, and don’t need any special intellect or gift to do so; As we have already explained to you, a young brain has an advantage in learning languages more than any other tendency. It is clear that in later stages, some will have higher language learning abilities than others, but this is a skill most children have at young ages.

MYTH 7. Children should be fluent in one language before learning another

Many parents raising bilingual kids worry that two languages at once will put too much pressure on their children. They think that by waiting until they are fluent in one language it will be much easier for them to learn another. However as children get older, they become aware of the languages. This means that they need to “learn” a language, rather than acquire it naturally. It is widely agreed that the younger the child learns a language, the easier it is for them to learn, with the “Window of Opportunity” being between birth and five years old. By waiting until your child has learned one language to start a new one, you may miss this window.

MYTH 8 If my child has developmental challenges or learning disabilities, then learning a second language will make it even harder for them.

Wrong . Studies that compared bilingual children with SLI (specific language impairment) to monolingual children with SLI found that the bilingual kids showed equivalent levels of language-related strengths and weaknesses to the monolingual group. The same goes for children with developmental disorders, such as Autism.

MYTH 9 If I’m not speaking my mother tongue to my children, they’ll get the same strong accent and make the same mistakes as me.

Having an accent is not an indicator of language fluency. Secondly, accents change over our childhood and adolescence, and in many instances do not stabilize until the early 20s. Once kids start mingling with other children (around ages 2 or 3) they’ll start to learn their accent from their friends.

For more info: Read https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/7-Myths-Facts-Bilingual-Children-Learning-Language.aspx


Source: Internet, Bilingualkidspot.com & Others

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Parenting difficult kids

That said, life is hard for kids who don’t comply or fit in. They may be disfavored by teachers, sitters, or family members, which can lead to self-doubt. When your kids don’t behave the way you expect them to, when they are disrespectful, when they hit or even make mistakes, many parents raise their voices and shout at their child. Sometimes, even if they don’t really want or mean to, it seems there is no other choice, however, you might be surprised to hear that yelling does more harm than good. Not only does it make you feel guilty, but your children will live in a stressful environment where at any moment their favorite person may raise their voices. Want to stop this harmful habit?

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Crying/Cranky child

1. Understand that shouting isn’t effective

Shouting doesn’t stop someone from being annoying. Then why do so many parents think it is normal to yell at their children to try and change them? Parents think that yelling is ok but yelling belittles kids and undermines the parent-child bond.

Communicate about how it is going. Listen to what your child says and observe where there is a spike in emotion. This will give you a clue to the crux of the matter if they have not told you directly. Kids may not be able to articulate what is wrong, but they reveal it through behavior or affect (emotion). Being heard goes a long way; when a child feels less alone, he or she is more motivated to comply without feeling controlled.

2. Instead of yelling, say “Stop it!”

Repeat if necessary, and avoid raising your voice. According to one of the studies, children whose parents yell at them or even hit them have an 80 percent chance of repeating the treatment they received that same day, and 50 percent chance of returning to do it within a few hours. So, repeat your message and emphasize it without raising your voice or your hands on your children.

3. Take a deep breath

You’ve already told your child to pick up his/her toys and get ready for bed, but when you returned after 5 minutes to their room, their toys were still everywhere. Instead of losing your temper, close his eyes and breathe deeply. “Take a break,” says Michelle LaRowe, author of the book “A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists.” While you’re in “time-out,” think about what you will tell your child without yelling.

4. Speak in a calm but firm voice

Using a firm voice, even if it is soft, is the most effective way to influence the child.  When you speak in a calm but firm soft voice, children have to work to listen—and they almost always do. The calmer and softer you speak, the more impact your words will have, You can even try to whisper, and not only will your child understand your instructions better, you also won’t lose your voice trying to convey your message to them.

5. Teach the child good behavior

Just as you wouldn’t yell at a child who falls when they are first learning how to ride a bicycle, there is no reason to shout at a child who is learning how to behave. Parent’s most important role is to teach the child how to behave correctly, and to explain to them why hitting is bad. It’s okay to be angry, but you do not have to hit, you can tell your friend that you’re angry at him with words. Yelling won’t help, but your explanation will teach the child how to behave.

6. Set rules and abide by them

One of the reasons why many parents get mad at their children is because children test limits, and this happens when parents don’t keep to their word when children break the rules. If your child is watching TV and you tell him/her to turn it off, but after five minutes still see the TV on and you say “turn off the TV or you’ll get punished” and after 5 minutes you’re still talking, and not acting, you’ll only find yourself frustrated. To prevent this, you must simply set clear rules and abide by them, without allowing your children to test you. If you specify a consequence, follow through.

7. Lower your expectations

You can’t sit a baby in a car for hours and expect them to remain calm, and you can’t expect a toddler to go to the mall for hours without getting tired. Know what to expect from your child by age and state of development, and act accordingly; limit your supermarket time or shop online instead of dragging your kids along for long stretches of boring shopping, and find ways to keep your children happy even when you can’t avoid it.

8. Don’t give your children attention when they demand it with negative behavior

Children to get attention from their parents, even if it sometimes is negative. Parents tend to give their children attention by praising them and giving them rewards for good behavior and punishing them for bad behavior, and your children will get what they can from you. Instead of responding with shouting, you may want to ignore children when they are acting out, such as when they cry to get your attention. If you yell at them, you’ll just be giving them what they want, teaching them that If they want your attention they need to be bad to get it.

Reward him or her for containing behaviors that provoke others. It could be ice cream or a toy but it could also be an interesting shared experience, like a movie or a road trip with one parent. Sharing what they like to do with them can help cement a strong identity.

9. Put yourself in your child’s shoes

If your boss yells at you, are you going to listen to him, or will you be busy feeling shame and anger? When you yell at your children, you risk damaging the sense of self-worth. Furthermore, they don’t actually have the chance to process what you’re saying because their busy focusing on how you’re saying it. If you want to teach your children what is acceptable and what is not, do it without making them feel shame and embarrassment.

10. Accept that you aren’t perfect

Your children have driven you crazy all day and you tried to keep cool, but in the end, there was one small case that made you lose your temper and yell at them – you raised your voice and now you can’t go back. Explain to them that it frustrates you when they don’t listen, and ask them to do better and that you will, too.

11. Get Help

Explore supports for his or her strengths. Support can come in the form of an opposite influence: If she tends to get revved up, maybe a calm friend will bring out the best in him or her.

Make your home an interesting place for your family as much as possible. Create a culture that works: strong consequences, clear rules, and a place where positive things happen, from meaningful conversations to cooked meals to friends coming over. This forms a base from which strong selves are made.


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The dangers of Salt

Most kids are getting too much salt. Although it’s commonplace to add salt (or sodium) to meals for seasoning purposes, many of us consume exorbitant amounts of it each day without even realizing it. The recommended amount of sodium intake per day for adults is 2-1.5 grams, equivalent to 6-5 grams of salt, which amounts to only one teaspoon per day, and the recommended amount for children up to the age of 9 is up to 1.2 g of sodium per day. It’s already known that there is a direct connection between high blood pressure, heart attacks and brain aneurysms, and the amount of salt intake per day, which makes the subject even more pressing. Therefore, we must become familiar with the various foods which contain high amounts of sodium.

Excessive salt intake can be dangerous for kids
Excessive salt intake can be dangerous

How much sodium are children and youth in the U.S. eating?

On average, kids ages 2 to 19 eat more than 3,100 mg sodium per day, about double the amount the American Heart Association recommends. The older children get, the more calories and sodium they tend to eat.

In the 2 to 19-year-old age group of boys and girls, boys 12 to 19 eat the most sodium — an average of 4,220 mg/day. Girls in the same age group eat about 2,950 mg/day.  

Where do kids get their sodium?

Children 6 to 18 get about:

  • 14 percent at breakfast
  • 31 percent at lunch 
  • 39 percent at dinner 
  • 16 percent at snack time 

Grocery store and restaurant foods make up 81 percent of the sodium they eat, which means it’s in their food from the get-go and they can’t take it out.

According to national data about Americans’ eating habits, these foods are the leading contributors to the sodium kids eat:
  • Pizza
  • Bread and rolls
  • Cold cuts and cured meats
  • Savory snacks (such as chips and pretzels)
  • Sandwiches (including burgers)
  • Cheese
  • Chicken patties, nuggets and tenders
  • Pasta mixed dishes (like spaghetti with sauce)
  • Mexican mixed dishes (like burritos and tacos)
  • Soup

Brands and restaurants make versions of the same foods with different sodium levels, and some options are even purposefully made with less sodium. You can make smarter choices about the foods you eat by comparing labels to pick the product with the lowest amount of sodium you can find.

How can too much sodium hurt my child’s health?

Eating too much sodium is associated with higher blood pressure in children and teens, and the effect is even greater if they’re overweight or obese. Kids with high-sodium diets are almost 40 percent more likely to have elevated blood pressure than kids with lower-sodium diets. 

There is a link between high blood pressure in childhood and high blood pressure in adulthood. High blood pressure in childhood is linked to early development of heart disease and risk for premature death. Kids with high-sodium diets are almost 40 percent more likely to have elevated blood pressure than kids with lower-sodium diets.  

Luckily, lowering blood pressure during childhood can help lower the risk for high blood pressure as an adult. And it can be as simple as helping them eat less sodium, which can help lower blood pressure in children and teens.

How can I help reduce the sodium my kids get?

Making sure your kids get less sodium today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for kids who are overweight and obese. 

1. Bread

One slice of bread usually contains 150 mg of sodium, and a pita or a decently sized baguette can easily contain twice that amount: If you usually eat grilled cheese for breakfast, a small sandwich at lunch, and a slice of bread with soup in the evening, along with other salty foods, you’re most probably going over the recommended daily intake of sodium. Try to cook dishes with whole grains such as quinoa, season them with herbs and avoid adding salt, which will help you reduce salt intake in general and bread in particular.

2. Sausages

The best way to fill a sandwich is with cold cuts such as salami or turkey, however, these tend to contain high amounts of sodium. In three ounces of turkey lunch meats contain 780 mg sodium, while in just one gram of salami (about 3 slices), there is 450 mg sodium. This is why you should avoid eating processed sausages as much as possible. Doing so will help you significantly cut back on your salt intake.

3. Muffins and other baked goods

It’s very tempting to go into a bakery and buy muffins or any other baked good, and enjoy its delicious taste, all without considering the amount of sodium they may contain. The tempting treats contain many calories, saturated fat, sugar, and some 570 mg of sodium, if not more. This is close to half the recommended daily amount, so opt for baking your own pastries.

4. Cereals

A great way to start the day is with a bowl of cereal, which is especially popular among young children and teens. Many kinds of cereal contain less than 200 mg of sodium per serving, but there are also quite a few that contain 300 mg per serving. You can easily avoid salt in the morning by making healthier whole grain meals, such as oatmeal, which has great taste and uncompromising quality.

5. Sauces

We often season our food with different sauces, whether it’s salad, hamburgers or sushi, while we don’t always pay attention to the high salt they contain. Sauces and condiments are actually at the top of the list of high-sodium food items. One tablespoon of barbecue sauce contains 175 mg of sodium, while the same amount of teriyaki sauce contains 690 mg sodium. Therefore, it is important that you choose low sodium options of the same sauces.

6. Instant meals

Many people that don’t have time slaving over a stove to make soup or stews from scratch often take a shortcut by pouring some hot water into a cup-o-noodles. However, by doing so, you are compromising the quality of the food. These high-speed meals contain high amounts of sodium, which is linked to heart disease and high blood pressure. Therefore, it’s important to critically examine the ingredients of those foods and soups. It should be noted that in a regular serving of chicken flavor cup-o-noodles, there is 1070 mg of sodium.

7. Pizza

We all love pizza – whether we eat it for lunch, dinner, or breakfast the next day, it’s simply delicious. However, it’s important to know that pizza contains various sources of salt, including tomato sauce, breadcrumbs and of course, cheese. It’s no wonder that pizza is a bomb of sodium waiting to explode and threaten our health if we do not know how to consume the right amount. In fact, only one slice of pizza contains 650 mg of sodium, before you add olives or any other added salt, not to mention that most of us eat more than one slice, which means that without even trying you can easily reach half of the recommended daily intake of sodium. Therefore, the next time you order one, be sure to eat as little sodium as possible that day.

8. Canned beans

While making soup, rice or a stew, a good way to enrich the dish with protein and fiber is by adding canned beans, because of the convenience it offers. The problem is that the same can of beans contains a large dose of sodium, but this can be fixed. All you have to do is rinse off the beans, reducing the amount of sodium on them, or you can buy a can of sodium-free or salt-free beans. However, it is always better to purchase dry, salt-free beans and cook them on your own.

9. Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese, whether fat-free or regular, is a great source of protein, but when it comes to sodium, it’s something to be wary of. One cup of this cheese contains 920 mg of sodium, which is almost half of the recommended daily intake, so you should look for cottage cheese with no sodium or salt at all, and enrich its flavor by adding fresh or dry herbs.

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The power of Turmeric

Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. Turmeric is a common spice that contains a chemical called curcumin, which might reduce swelling. But did you know that turmeric is actually roughly as potent as many kinds of medication?

Turmeric powder for better health, Super spice
Turmeric – a super spice

Lipitor/Atorvastatin (cholesterol medication)

A 2008 study revealed that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from turmeric had very similar effects to atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) when it came to treating endothelial dysfunction, a driver for atherosclerosis. It was also associated with reductions in oxidative stress and inflammation in type 2 diabetic patients.

It is also found effective against the buildup of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). Taking turmeric extract by mouth reduces markers of liver injury in people who have this condition. It also seems to help prevent the build-up of more fat in the liver.

Aspirin (blood thinner)

Research shows that curcumin has even more anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects than aspirin. This goes to show that it could be useful to patients prone to vascular thrombosis, who often require anti-arthritis therapy.

Corticosteroids (steroid medications)

Numerous studies have found that turmeric can be just as effective as many kinds of steroids. One found that the curcumin found within turmeric compared favorably to steroids used to treat the inflammatory eye disease known as anterior uveitis. Other studies also found that chemicals found within turmeric are just as effective as steroidal drugs that tackle lung ischemia-reperfusion injuries and those that protect injuries caused by lung transplants.

Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants)

A 2011 study that can be found in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica showed us that curcumin also compares favorably to both Imipramine as well as Prozac/Fluoxetine when it comes to tackling the root causes of depression.

Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Curcumin has also been found to be an effective alternative to a whole host of anti-inflammatory drugs. These include ibuprofen, aspirin, phenylbutazone, naproxen, sulindac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, indomethacin, diclofenac, and tamoxifen, particularly when it comes to exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.

Oxaliplatin (a chemotherapy drug)

A 2007 study concluded that curcumin also compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agent in colorectal cell lines, which is certainly good news for any patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Metformin (diabetes drug)

Curcumin has also been touted as being highly valuable in the treatment of diabetes. One study found that it suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells, while simultaneously activating AMPK (which increases glucose uptake). What’s more, the researchers actually discovered that curcumin is between 500 and 100,000 times more powerful than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).

Allergy medicines

Taking turmeric by mouth seems to reduce hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion.

A note of caution:

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with TURMERIC

Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

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Five Tibetan Rites: Yoga That’ll Make You Younger!

Yoga, was invented thousands of years ago, connects the body to the soul and mind, but only in the last few decades have we been exposed to it and its principles.

If you want Yoga methods for kids, you can find it here.

The Five Tibetans are a series of exercises that include a variety of yoga poses, which are believed to be more than 2,500 years old. In contrast to yoga exercises from the Indian school that emphasizes static movement, the Five Tibetans focus on continuous movement that allows the body and soul to be freed from the hassles we experience daily. Many call these exercises “Fountain of Youth” thanks to their beneficial influence on the body, soul, and mind.

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Yoga for kids

How to do The Five Tibetans

The Five Tibetans can be done in the comfort of your own home. Below we’ve detailed exactly how to do these special exercises, which require 10 minutes daily – an investment that is definitely worthwhile.

Tips:

The exercises are also called rites or “rituals”, and it is therefore recommended to repeat each pose 21 times. We recommended you get to this number gradually. Start by repeating each pose 7 times. Once you feel ready, move up to 14 reps, and then on to 21.

Take a few deep breaths between each rite and continue them in order.

We recommend not doing the rites in the evening as they build up energy that can last hours, which will make it harder for you to fall asleep.

Rite 1

• Stand with your legs apart, slightly wider than your shoulders, and raise your hands to your sides.

• Rotate clockwise 7 full times and stop.

• After performing this exercise, take a deep breath and simultaneously lift your hands over your head, joining your palms.

• Lower your hands as you exhale.

Rite 2

• Lay flat on your back, on a mat, with your legs straight and your arms by your sides, palms facing down.

• While taking a deep breath, bend your head toward your chest and lift your legs up without bending your knees.

• Exhale and return to the starting position.

• Take a few deep breaths while you’re still lying on your back to prepare for the next exercise.

Rite 3

• Kneel on the floor with your back straight, legs together, toes flexed, and your hands resting on the backs of your thighs.

• While taking a deep breath, crane your head and neck and arch your back as far as you possibly can, while still remaining comfortable. Support yourself with your hands against your thighs.

• On an exhale, return to the starting position by lowering your head to your chest.

Rite 4

• Sit on the floor with your back straight and your legs spread out slightly and stretched forward. Your palms should be placed down in line with your shoulders.

• Take a deep breath and press your hands and feet downwards as you climb up into a bridge position. Tilt your head back gently as you do.

• Breathe out and slowly return to your initial position while lowering your head toward your chest.

Rite 5

• Place your hands and feet on the floor, arch your back, bend your head back, and lift your chest up.

• Take a deep breath and lift your buttocks upwards as you lower your head down to form an upside down “V.” (As in downward dog)

• Exhale while simultaneously bending your elbows and moving forward, lowering your chest down returning to the initial position. Once you’ve finished performing all the rites, lay on your back with your arms crossed over your chest. Take a few deep breaths and adjust your breathing slowly until you are ready to get up and get on with your day. Within a short period of time you’ll start feeling the effects of The Five Tibetans, and according to those who follow this method, it certainly feels you’re drinking from the Fountain of Youth.

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Eat this, instead of that!

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A few minor changes to your dietary intake can make a tremendous impact on your health and well-being, and that is certainly some food for thought!

1) Eat Healthy Snacks instead of Junk Food – It seems as if junk food is everywhere we look. The supermarket shelves are stocked full of candies, potato chips, cakes, donuts and assorted baked goods. The grease, oil, refined sugar and saturated fats found in these foods are the major contributors of many unnecessary health problems.

You can still enjoy a quick snack and get the essential nutrition by replacing junk food with healthier alternatives. Fresh fruits, such as apples and oranges, make for excellent substitutes to candy bars. A handful of almonds replaces a bag of potato chips, baked potatoes replace French fries and skim or low fat milk replaces whole milk. You can also choose low fat frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit over ice cream. Snacking can still be fun after all.

2) Dried Herbs and Spices Instead of Salty Foods – A High daily intake of sodium can result in certain heart problems over time. Rather than adding salt to your meals, consider the healthier alternative of cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, clove, garlic, ginger, sage, parsley and basil. Not only will you be adding delicious flavors to your favorite dishes, you’ll also be limiting any risk of heart diseases in the future. Go ahead and spice things up!

3) Choose Whole Grains Over Refined Ones – Refined grains are consumed daily with nearly every meal. They are commonly found in white rice, white flour, white sugar and white breads. Cereals also contain large amounts of refined grains and tons of sugar.

The healthier solution here would be to replace the refined grains with whole grains. Substitute brown rice for white rice, whole grain bread over traditional white bread, and healthier bran cereals over the sugary variety of cereals. Oatmeal is an ideal replacement for refined cereal. Try cooking with quinoa and barley as well.

4) Eat More Cold-Water Fish and Less Red Meat – We all love our steaks and beef, but they also contain a high amount of saturated fats. Consuming a regular diet of red meat on a daily basis may increase the risk of hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and strokes.

Cold-water fish, such as tuna, swordfish, whitefish, mackrel, salmon, anchovies, and trout all contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are the essential fats the body needs. Omega-3 helps combat depression, boosts memory production and greatly reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Fish can also be frozen for long periods of time, so it never goes to waste.

5) Add Avocados to Your Diet Instead of Mayonnaise or Jam – Mayonnaise is most commonly used while preparing sandwiches and in dips. Mayonnaise gives that dry turkey sandwich a bit of extra taste. Mayonnaise is also loaded with plenty of trans and saturated fats, which are very unhealthy for you.

Avocados are the healthy alternatives to mayonnaise. They contain over 25 essential nutrients which are all vital health components. These specific nutrients protect against cancer, prevent heart diseases and prevent bone diseases from occurring. Avocados are also the main ingredients used for making guacamole, which perfectly complements whole wheat tortilla chips.

6) Eliminate Butter with Extra Virgin Olive Oil – You can’t hear a frying pan sizzle without the sweet sound of butter being applied to it. Some of the most popular dishes are cooked exclusively with butter. Butter is delicious but extremely unhealthy. Butter significantly increases high cholesterol levels, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

Use extra virgin olive oil instead of butter to give your meals a solid dose of essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Olive oil can be substituted for butter when baking or cooking.

7) Go Organic! – What exactly does organic mean? Simply put organic means natural. Organic farming relies on the usage of natural fertilizers and pesticides, which do not contain harmful toxins.

Non-organic foods are generally exposed to harmful pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. So, the next time you’re outside fruit and vegetable shopping, consider visiting your local farmer’s market instead.

8) Drink Water Instead of Sugary Beverages – Soda contains high amounts of refined sugar with absolutely no nutritional values whatsoever. Sugar found in sodas and other sweetened drinks leads to fatigue, causes dental problems, triggers depression and can eventually lead to diabetes.

Avoid sugary beverages and drink water as often as possible. Water flushes out all the toxins in the body and helps to promote regular digestion. Filtered water is even better because it removes all chemicals found from the tap. Make sure you carry a bottle of water wherever you go.

9) Make the Switch from Regular Breakfast Cereals to Oats – Walk down any cereal aisle in the supermarket and you’ll be bombarded with a tremendous selection of unhealthy cereals that are loaded with refined sugars.

Cooked oats make for the best substitute for a healthy morning breakfast. You can add a pinch of cinnamon, brown sugar, chopped nuts or fresh fruit to give it a little extra flavoring. A healthy bowl of oatmeal can drastically reduce heart diseases, stabilize blood sugar, and lower cholesterol.

10) Drink Green Tea Instead of Coffee – Most people prefer to start their day with a cup of coffee. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee can be very difficult to resist. Coffee also carries a list of health problems that include; acid reflux, intestinal problems, heartburn, anxiety, nausea and can induce unwanted stress.

Green tea is the healthier hot beverage alternative from coffee and provides a quick caffeine boost as well. Green tea is a staple in Asian culture and served with nearly every meal. Green tea also contains powerful antioxidants which fight off diseases and lower the risk of cancer.

11) Replace Granola with Nuts – While granola may seem like an innocent yogurt topper, it’s almost always loaded with added sugar. To get the crunch you crave without the extra calories and sugar, top your yogurt with some nuts instead.

12) Swap Bagels for English Muffins – One bagel is equivalent to roughly four slices of nutrient-void white bread. Not only is this morning staple super caloric, but it’s also missing nutrients like fiber and protein to keep you energized through the morning.

13) Swap Bowl for Burrito – Depending on the size of the tortilla, a flour-based wrap could tack up to 470 calories and 98 grams of carbs on to your order. To get the flavor you crave—without overdoing it—opt for a bowl instead or choose a corn tortilla. Load it up with tons of veggies, go light on the rice, and choose salsa over sour cream to ensure a healthy meal.

Source: Internet & Other sources

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Food to improve our immune system

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Our immune system’s ability to fight disease depends on the food that we consume. The immune system and white blood cells work together to deal with various infections, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, and even treat cancer cells. The normal range of white blood cells in the body is 4,300 -10,800 cells per microliter of blood.

Below you will find the recommended nutrients and foods that can be used to improve the production of white blood cells:

Vitamin C

It is very important to include different vitamins in your daily diet, but vitamin C is the most important for increasing the production of white blood cells. Foods that include citrus, chili, broccoli and green and red peppers are rich in vitamin C, making them essential to your diet. Also, it should be noted that broccoli not only helps to increase white blood cells, it also contains many antioxidants thanks to its high vitamins A and E content.

Zinc

The consumption of zinc accelerates immune system function, which is linked to increased production of white blood cells. Studies have shown that zinc deficiency may increase the risk of infection, and other studies have found evidence that zinc intake of 75 mg or more per day may reduce the duration of a cold and also the severity of the symptoms associated with it. Natural food sources include beans, sunflower seeds, chicken, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, wheat grass, and spinach.

Folic acid

Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed to create and maintain new cells, and the consumption of this nutrient is especially important during periods of rapid cell division, such as during pregnancy or during the development and growth of infants. Vegetables such as spinach, turnips, peas, legumes and other fruits and vegetables are rich in folic acid, so it is recommended to add them to your regular weekly menu.

Selenium

The recommended daily amount of selenium for an adult is 55 micrograms, and a lack of this mineral may increase the chances of developing angina, myocardial infarction, and coronary heart disease. In addition, selenium can increase the production of white blood cells and can be found in beef, tuna, salmon, chicken, beans, and Brazil nuts.

Beta-carotene

This substance helps protect the thymus gland, which creates immune system cells. Foods that contain beta-carotene increase the production of white blood cells, and they have the ability to fight infections if you make sure to consume them daily. Daily consumption of this nutrient should range from 2 -7 mg per day and it can be found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, oranges, loquat, pumpkin, mangos and dark leafy green vegetables.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory substance that relieves both types of arthritis; Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the main active ingredient is curcumin, which has proven its ability to reduce inflammation and fever, thanks to its positive effect on the proper functioning of white blood cells.

Kale

Just one cup of kale will give you all the vitamin A you need a day, which can help your body fight cancer cells. Also, kale increases the production of white blood cells and helps antibodies respond to invasive infections and even neutralize them.

Garlic

Garlic contains elements that stimulate the immune system. Furthermore, it has an impressive ability to fight infections, thanks to the large concentration of allicin, created by crushing fresh garlic cloves.

Prebiotic and Probiotic

A high-fiber plant-rich diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes appear to support the growth and maintenance of beneficial microbes. Certain helpful microbes break down fibers into short chain fatty acids, which have been shown to stimulate immune cell activity. These fibers are sometimes called prebiotics because they feed microbes. Therefore, a diet containing probiotic and prebiotic foods may be beneficial. Probiotic foods contain live helpful bacteria, and prebiotic foods contain fiber and oligosaccharides that feed and maintain healthy colonies of those bacteria.

  • Probiotic foods include kefir, yogurt with live active cultures, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha tea, kimchi, and miso.
  • Prebiotic foods include garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, bananas, and seaweed. However, a more general rule is to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains for dietary prebiotics.

Green tea

Cell studies have shown that tea catechins such as those found in green tea can prevent flu and some cold viruses from replicating and can increase immune activity. Human trials are still limited.

Takeaway

  1. Eat a balanced diet with whole fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of water.
  2. Perform moderate exercise
  3. Sleep 7-9 hours every night
  4. Manage stress
  5. Wash your hands

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

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Metallic Taste in Your Mouth!

If your mouth constantly tastes like old pennies, you’re not alone. There are actually several different conditions that may cause this to arise, some of which are far less serious than others. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common causes for a metallic taste in your mouth.

1. Over-the-counter vitamins or medicines

Multivitamins that contain heavy metals (such as zinc, copper or chromium) or certain types of cold remedies (like zinc lozenges) can cause a metallic taste to develop in your mouth. Calcium or iron supplements can cause this too, as can prenatal vitamins. The taste will often go away as your body breaks down the vitamins or medicine. If it doesn’t, check your dosage to ensure you are not taking too much. Also if you lack vitamin B-12, your nerves might not function properly, and you might develop tinnitus or a metallic taste.

2. Infections

Certain kinds of infections, such as colds, sinusitis, and upper respiratory infections can alter your sense of taste. Such sensory changes are typically temporary and will usually go away as soon as you get better.

3. Poor oral hygiene

If you don’t brush your teeth and floss regularly, then you may end up with teeth and gum problems like gingivitis, periodontitis and certain kinds of tooth infections. These usually get better with a prescription from your dentist, with any metallic tastes leaving along with them.

4. Prescription drugs

These medicines include the gout medicine allopurinol, antibiotics such as tetracycline, lithium, used in the treatment of certain psychiatric conditions, and particular cardiac drugs. Certain drugs which cause your mouth to go dry may also be the cause, since they may be absorbed close to your taste buds.

5. Dementia

Persons with dementia often experience taste abnormalities. This is because there is a connection between the taste buds and the brain. As a result, taste abnormalities often arise when the part of the brain related to taste is not functioning properly.

6. Chemical exposure

If you find that you have been exposed to lead or mercury, such as through accidental inhalation, then you may find that you have a metallic taste in your mouth, which should be seen to by a professional.

7. Cancer treatment

A metallic taste in your mouth may also arise if you are being treated for cancer via radiation therapy or chemotherapy. This is a normal side effect and should not be anything to worry about.

8. Pregnancy

During some of the earliest stages of pregnancy, some expectant mothers find that their sense of taste has been altered drastically. One of those changes may be a metallic taste in the mouth. Consult your doctor if it is causing you any distress.

9. Hay Fever or allergic rhinitis

Hay fever can leave a metallic taste in your mouth due to inflamed nasal passages that disrupt your ability to taste.

10. Covid-19

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a strand of coronavirus discovered in late 2019. COVID-19 can cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms 2 to 14 days after exposure.

11. Pine nut syndrome

Pine nut syndrome is a rare reaction to pine nuts that begins 12 to 48 hours after eating them. It causes a bitter metallic taste in your mouth that can last up to a month.

Treating the underlying cause

  • Allergies are usually treated by making lifestyle changes to reduce contact with dust, mold, and other allergens. Non-drowsy antihistamines are available over the counter to help you manage your symptoms.
  • If you have a viral infection, such as a sinus infection or COVID-19, it’s important to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest to allow your body to recuperate. Nasal decongestants may help you improve your breathing. Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories may help with body aches and pains.
  • If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, a fever over 103 degrees, or pressure in your chest, you should seek medical attention.
  • If your medication is causing your symptoms, a doctor may recommend changing your dose or the medication.

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Flu in 2020-21

Typically, the winter months bring the peak of flu season. As cases of COVID-19 have soared in the U.S. over the past few weeks, however, cases of the flu have remained extremely low.

But first, What is Flu?

Flu Numbers for 2019-20

The final data on flu season 2019/2020 was released by the CDC in April as COVID-19 continued to spread throughout the United States.

Between October 1, 2019 and April 4, 2020, the flu resulted in:

  • 39 to 56 million illnesses
  • 410,000 to 740,000 hospitalizations
  • 24,000 to 62,000 deaths
  • 195 pediatric deaths

Flu Numbers for 2020-21

Flu season typically peaks between December and February each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the flu causes up to 45 million illnesses, up to 810,000 hospitalizations and up to 61,000 deaths each year. But this flu season, there have been just 925 cases of the flu around the U.S so far.

“Though caused by a different virus from the one that causes COVID-19, the flu is also a respiratory viral disease, so everything we are doing to slow transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing face masks, frequent handwashing and physical distancing, should also reduce transmission of flu,” says Eili Klein, Ph.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

More people also received the flu vaccine this season compared with last season, many schools and businesses are holding virtual classes or meetings instead of in-person, and fewer people have been traveling — all of which could be keeping flu cases down.

“We commonly see flu spread in communities, schools, businesses and through travel each year, so these changes are likely keeping the flu away,” says Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Klein believes that even if this flu season turns out to be less severe than usual, it could affect the severity of the next flu season. “Because of the current restrictions and precautions everyone is taking this season, far fewer people will be infected or exposed to the flu virus, and therefore won’t become immune to certain strains of the virus,” he says. “So the number of people who may have more severe infections next year is likely to be greater because immunity will be lower.”

Flu season typically runs through May, so there’s still a chance that flu cases will pick up in the next few months. Also, one strain of flu — influenza B — tends to circulate later in the season.

Takeaway:

Johns Hopkins Medicine experts recommend continuing prevention methods to protect against the flu and COVID-19 as well as getting the flu vaccine. “The flu vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and begin protecting you from the illness, so getting the flu vaccine any time through mid-April will still be helpful in preventing the flu,” Maragakis says. She advises that anyone who hasn’t already gotten their flu vaccination should do so as soon as possible, but she notes that 14 days must elapse between getting the COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.

From: Covid-19 Story Tip: Flu Cases Dramatically Low So Far This Season (hopkinsmedicine.org)


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TIPS FOR A HAPPY FAMILY

1. Share experiences and stories

As parents, when you come home, place your children in front of you, not distractions like the TV or your cell phone. True, it’s hard after a day’s work to give your children your full attention, but only through the conversations, questions, and partnerships you make with your children can you achieve a happy family life. When you or your children come home, be sure to ask them if they have a story to share with you, and if not, share something from your day with them, and give them something to look forward to at the end of the day.

2. Enjoy each other

The essence of a happy family is that each member of the household takes care to encourage and uplift other family members when they’re feeling down, and this is due to good relations between the members of the household, Rabbi Boteach says. For a believer in the family unit, there should be a joy that characterizes the interactions at home, such as the joy of the children when they see their parents coming home from work and vice versa. This joy can be derived from the creation of shared experiences, from deep conversations, cooking together, leisure activities, etc. Invest most of your free time in your family, so that you get along with each other, have more mutual interactions with each other and have a happier family overall.

3. Remember to maintain your relationship and marriage

The people who created your family unit are you and your spouse, so remember that your relationship should come first. Boteach explains that there are many families where the children come first, so they become providers of a substitute of love and this is an unfair burden to put on them. In addition, this negatively affects the family unit in general and the parents’ relationship in particular, because children eventually leave home. So, keep in mind the importance of your relationship and marriage and make sure to nurture and protect it because they are what created your little family in the first place.

4. Eat meals together as a family

During a normal week, we often find ourselves eating lunch and dinner separately from our family members. This isn’t normal and you should be aiming to eat at least four meals together in a week. Boteach’s argument is that a family that eats together stays together – family meals are essential for a happy life because it is time to connect on a personal level with one another.

5. Remember that family comes before friends

In happy families, the importance of family is greater than the importance of friends, and now is where we need to take a look at family frameworks. Camp counselors have one thing right, says Boteach, they know that kids also need fun. When children are bombarded with rules and become bored and restless, they start looking for excitement outside the home, which is where friends come in. and while this is not really a problem, it becomes one when their friendships become more important than family.

6. Limiting after school activities

Some children choose to participate in after-school activities, whether it’s tutoring, volunteering, or other things, and as a result, their stay at home is significantly lessened from year to year. If your children are never home, this is a recipe for an unhappy family, says Boteach. He believes that the two must be balanced and that children should be allowed to spend time outside of the house, while at the same time limiting them to a certain number of activities so that their time at home with family isn’t affected. Boteach suggests that we should strive to carry out activities outside the home as a family, for example taking the children on a bike ride, spending time together at the beach or at the pool, and so on.

7. Build and honor rituals

To make your family unit happy, you should create rituals that can be religious, national or even private to your family. Dr. Barbara Fiese, a professor and head of the psychology department at Syracuse University in New York, says that happy families have unique and meaningful rituals that bring them together. According to her, these rituals can be as simple as ordering from a specific restaurant one night a week, singing a specific song together, and even going on a hike over the weekend. These rituals tend to bring the family closer together, because they repeat themselves over time when it is important to keep them and to be flexible if necessary. For example, if you decide Wednesday nights are pizza night, everyone should be committed to that night. If the pizzeria is closed, be flexible by ordering from somewhere else. Don’t give up on the ritual altogether.

8. Do not raise your voice

Children develop and shape according to the stable things in their life, especially when they are young. Therefore, Boteach explains that children should be in a relaxed environment at home, one that will allow them to thrive as individuals. As parents, you have to talk to your children, set strict rules and punish them if necessary, but don’t lose control and start shouting and running around, both at home and in public especially. If you find yourself yelling at your children, it means you are getting out of control and creating an uneasy home environment for your children. So, the next time you are about to scream, stop yourself and try to convey your message in calm and relaxed tones, thus keeping a calm environment in the house and making sure your kid’s defenses are lowered and their ears and hearts are open to listening.

9. Don’t fight in front of your kids

One of the most important things to never do in front of your kids is fight and shout at each other. As parents, you have to solve the problems between you in private and not in front of your children. However, Boteach says, "If your kids see you fight and argue, apologize and say, ‘We are sorry you had to see it. Daddy and I just had a disagreement, but everything is OK now.’" If you do this, you will be able to create a comfortable environment in which feelings can be expressed to one another, and children will learn to say sorry and admit their mistakes if necessary.

10. Do not work too hard

Routine can sometimes suck us in and in doing so it can ruin our private life and family unit. Boteach explains that if you, the parents, are always away from home because of work, you are actually putting it first, before your children – which can lead them to develop feelings of insecurity. Therefore, if you don’t want your children to believe that they are not important enough, you should cut back on your working hours and of course not bring it home with you, especially when with your children.

11. Be flexible

It’s easy to say and hard to do, but it’s one of the things that’s important for you to stick to because families are constantly changing over time, so you have to learn and teach your child to be open to changes in your family unit. Fiese says that despite the changes that take place – someone getting married, someone dying, teens growing up and adults growing old, everyone’s still part of the same family. Therefore, be flexible about the changes that happened and know how to accept them and deal with them together as one unified family.

12. Have inside jokes

Family unity is a very important thing, and in order to have it, one must create friendships and connections between siblings and the parents. In order to achieve such unity, Fiese recommends adopting inside jokes, inventions and even pranks, because she claims that this is one of the simplest ways to achieve happiness in the family unit – jokes and nicknames symbolize a group to which a person feels belonging to and is used as a platform for creating much larger and more meaningful experiences.

13. Communicate

When all’s said and done, communication is the key to success and achieving a happy family. In many families, everything is told to the mom, who then passes those messages on, but a happy family is more flexible and utilizes other channels of communication. Thus, a happy family is a family where all members of the unit are able to communicate openly with one another without being afraid or embarrassed. If you see that your children are not communicating with you in the way you want, initiate a conversation with them in which you share something about yourself, and try to talk to them eye to eye.

From Rabbi Shmuel Boteach


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Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea

Did you know that in some parts of Europe, dandelion leaves are added to salads? Or that dandelion tea prepared from the flowers, leaves, and toasted roots of this plant have been traditionally used as a remedy for urinary tract infections, the common cold, and toxin accumulation in the body for centuries? All this may sound extremely surprising to many of us who consider the yellow-flowered plant a persistent garden weed. But it’s true – dandelions are good for more than just blowing off their seeds to make a wish come true…

First of all, the low-calorie herbal tea is an excellent source of many nutrients, such as beta-carotene and vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. In addition, scientists have already verified many of the traditional health claims associated with dandelion tea, and many more are to be authenticated soon.

An example of the latter is that only recently scientists have started to explore the anti-cancer benefits of dandelions, and in-vitro studies have already confirmed that a concentrated dandelion extract can eradicate melanoma and pancreatic cancer cells in a petri dish. Hopefully, further studies will likewise confirm that this so-called “garden weed” is also capable of helping live cancer patients, too, so stay tuned for updates.

While the cancer-fighting effect of dandelion tea has limited research support, there are many other, verified benefits of the herbal tea – we list 6 such benefits below.

1. Relieves bloating and improves digestion

When you feel like your tummy is bloated and your food is stuck in the stomach heavy as a rock, try sipping on some dandelion tea. Dandelion tea is a known diuretic, which means that it will make your body drain of excess swelling and water weight, and it will increase your urine output. Therefore, the tea may be beneficial for a bloated belly. In fact, one study has shown a diuretic effect after participants drank just 2 cups of dandelion leaf tea. In addition, dandelion root tea is said to soothe an irritated digestive system and relieve constipation. Historically, dandelion root tea is also often used to improve one’s appetite.

2. Prevents urinary tract infections

Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) are surprisingly common and the numbers of people affected by persistent UTIs are growing every year. Being able to prevent recurring UTIs and avoid taking excessive antibiotics is key. One promising preventative method is a mixture of dandelion and bearberry (also known as uva-ursi) – a commonly sold combination that has been shown to offer antibacterial and preventative benefits for those at risk for UTIs – a list that includes pregnant women, men over 50, and menopausal women, to name a few.

3. Aids in weight loss

A recently discovered benefit of dandelion tea is its ability to aid in weight loss. Curiously, recent Korean research has noted that dandelion is very similar to the weight loss drug Orlistat. This drug works by blocking the synthesis of pancreatic lipase, a certain enzyme that breaks down fat in the digestion process. According to the study, the dandelion extract had very similar results to the anti-obesity drug in an animal model, which means that dandelion may have some weight loss benefits. Since the flower also has digestive and diuretic benefits, as we mentioned earlier, dandelion tea may actually be an excellent choice for those who seek to lose excess weight.

4. Can serve as a coffee replacement

Those of you who already tried dandelion tea may already know it as a natural coffee substitute. It’s true – when roasted, the roots of the dandelion become caramelized and have a rich, sweet, toasty flavor and a deep aroma when brewed into a herbal tea. In fact, you can easily make your own dandelion “coffee” from fresh roots, here’s how:

First, keep in mind that it’s instrumental to only use pesticide-free dandelions for this recipe.

Also, remember that it’s best to harvest the roots in the fall.

To harvest dandelion roots, simply pull out the plant, cut off the leaves, wash the roots until completely clean with tepid water, chop them up into smaller pieces, and roast them in the oven at 200°F (95°C) for 2-3 hours until the roots harden and brown up. Simmer about 3 tablespoons of ground-up roasted roots with 250 ml (8.5 oz) water on low heat for 15-20 minutes to prepare 1 cup of dandelion coffee.

5. Promotes liver health

In traditional medicine, dandelion root extract has been used as a detoxifying liver tonic for centuries. Naturopaths use dandelion root tea to cleanse the liver and relieve symptoms of liver problems. There is finally some scientific evidence that confirms that, in fact, dandelion root extract may boost the flow of bile, which is why the herbal tea may be able to improve symptoms of liver disease. In addition, a 2017 study has concluded that dandelion may be beneficial to liver function due to its naturally high concentration of polysaccharides.

6. Can lower blood pressure

The last but definitely not the least benefit dandelion tea may have is its ability to lower blood pressure. Studies show that it may be due to a high concentration of potassium in dandelions. As you may know, potassium is an electrolyte that has the ability to stimulate the heartbeat and help the kidneys strain out toxins better from the blood. That said if you’re already taking diuretic medications to manage your blood pressure, combining it with dandelion tea may be overkill, and could lead to undesired dangerous consequences, so make sure to consult your doctor before starting to drink it every day. In fact, if you’re on any prescription medication, always make sure to talk to your physician if you decide to take any natural remedy, including dandelion tea.

7. Aids in bowel movement

Dandelion root is used for the treatment of muscle aches, loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, eczema and bruises. It also increases urine production and serves as a laxative to increase bowel movements.

How to Make Dandelion Tea

There are so many ways to incorporate the dandelion plant into your everyday meals. One of the best ways to experience all of the dandelion benefits is by making your own dandelion tea.

If you like to drink other herbal teas such as chamomile or nettle, you may also enjoy dandelion tea and vice versa.

You can make tea with the dandelion roots or flowers. It’s very easy — follow these simple directions:

  • Steep about one tablespoon of the stems or flowers for 30 minutes in five ounces of boiling water.
  • Strain the roots and flowers or drink them up with your tea.
  • This recipe can be doubled or tripled if you plan on making several days’ worth of tea.

You can also buy organic dandelion tea bags at most health food stores. You may even find teabags that are made with both dandelion and turmeric.

You can also roast the root of your dandelion plant to make a coffee-like beverage. Here’s how it’s done:

  • After cleaning the root, chop it in a food processor.
  • Use a baking sheet and roast the pieces in an oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours.
  • Then let it steep in boiling water for 10 minutes before drinking.

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Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Hair loss is normal. Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part of aging. It’s common to lose about 50-100 strands a day, and up to 250 strands when you wash your hair. About 10% of your hair is dormant, and will fall out after 2-3 months.

Hair loss is typically related to one or more of the following factors:

  • Family history (heredity).
  • Hormonal changes and medical conditions.
  • Medications and supplements.
  • Radiation therapy to the head.
  • A very stressful event.
  • Hairstyles and treatments.

Here are some natural ways to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.

1. Coconut milk

Coconut milk contains a rich source of nutrients including vitamin E, potassium, and iron. Applying this liquid directly to the roots can help prevent hair breakage and accelerate hair growth. The antibacterial properties in the milk can also protect the scalp, as it’s a natural conditioner for both hair and skin. It’s recommended that you leave the treatment in overnight.

2. Amla, Indian gooseberry

This fruit is well known for its high levels of vitamins. It’s also packed with antioxidants, which can prevent premature graying of the hair. The essential fatty acids in this fruit can also keep hair follicles strong. Apply a paste of dried amla with lime juice to the scalp to nourish your locks and make your hair extra lustrous. To make the paste mix 2 teaspoons of lime juice with 2 teaspoons of dried amla powder.

3. Scalp massage

Regularly treating your head to a massage is effective in keeping your hair healthy. A massage stimulates blood flow to the scalp and promotes hair growth. Combining a head massage with lukewarm oil can prevent hair loss and dandruff too.

There are a number of oils to try: coconut, jojoba, mustard, almond, lavender, olive, or sesame oil – all full of added nutrients. Jojoba oil is especially recommended because it replaces sebum (an oily secretion from the sebaceous glands) in the scalp.

4. Neem, Indian lilac

Neem oil is extracted from the fruit of the Indian lilac tree. This treatment is effective because the tree is rich in antioxidants which counter free radicals. Neem is regenerative and contains fatty acids like linoleic, oleic, and stearic acids, which also condition the scalp and hair. Neem is an astringent and can also treat itching, dandruff and head lice without chemicals. Neem oil has a bitter smell so it’s recommended that you mix it with an aromatic essential oil like lavender, tea tree or orange. You can massage this mixture into your scalp and apply it to your locks too.

5. Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is another good remedy for hair loss. Applying pure aloe gel directly to the scalp helps balance the pH level. The plant extract is rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. The aloe strengthens hair elasticity and can soften and moisturize your hair, acting as a natural conditioner. Dissolving a small amount of salt into the gel can also help. The salt penetrates through deeper skin layers and can prevent hair from falling out unnecessarily.

6. Egg white and curd

The combination of egg white and curd creates a super hair treatment that promotes hair growth. Eggs are rich in sulfur, selenium, iodine, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Curd has many nutrients and is anti-fungal. This mixture makes an excellent conditioner, making your hair look shiny and at the same time, it effectively fights dandruff and hair loss. Combine the ingredients and apply the mask to your scalp and hair.

7. Henna

While most people know henna as a natural hair dye, it is also an excellent way to strengthen and condition your hair. More importantly henna controls excessive hair loss. When applied to the hair and scalp it creates a protective coat over the hair shafts and its nutrients repair the hair cuticles, making the strands thick and strong. To prevent hair loss, combine dried henna leaves or powdered henna with mustard oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Massage this oil mix into your scalp. Leave it to rest for 30 minutes and rinse your hair after.

8. Hibiscus

This vibrant flower has many rejuvenating properties for hair. It’s an old Indian method of maintaining a thick mane of hair. Because of its rich vitamin C and amino acid content, this flower works to prevent premature graying. It also nourishes the hair and treats dandruff. When you combine the crushed leaves of the flowers with coconut or sesame oil and apply this paste to your scalp regularly, it can help with hair loss. It’s best to leave the paste in your hair for several hours and then rinse.

Good habits:

· Be gentle with your hair. Use a detangler and avoid tugging when brushing and combing, especially when your hair is wet. A wide-toothed comb might help prevent pulling out hair. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot-oil treatments and permanents. Limit the tension on hair from styles that use rubber bands, barrettes and braids.

· Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.

Habits to avoid:

  • Don’t comb or rub your hair while wet

Wet hair is more fragile because the protective layer has been stripped. Towel drying or combing your hair when wet can cause the hair to snap and break. Untangle your hair before you wet it and blot your hair with a towel.

  • Don’t overheat your hair

Excess use of your hair dryer or straightening iron can dry out your hair shafts, leading to dull, and brittle hair. The heat can damage the proteins and the dryness also strips your hair of natural moisture, resulting in dry cuticles, which will snap off. It’s recommended you limit this activity to 2 to 3 times a week.

  • Don’t wash your hair with hot water

Boiling hot water can weaken your hair follicles and cause hair to fall out. Having a steaming hot shower frequently can strip away the protective oils and this can cause your scalp pores to overproduce oil, which can damage the hair at the root, resulting in excessive shedding. Opt for washing your hair with lukewarm to warm water, and rinsing with cooler temperatures, to lock in moisture.

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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LATEST NEWS: Latest Trend and common factor among COVID-related hospitalization

According to Texas DHS we average 1200 new cases and ~25 deaths daily from Covid, today.

We currently have ~80,000 covid cases in our healthcare system that splits according to this classification:

And the surprise of all surprise, the most common age of covid sufferers is not the elderly but young parents.

More alarmingly, in the last six months, the share of 18 to 49-year-olds being hospitalized for COVID-19 has doubled.

Takeaway:

What is the most important takeaway from recent study by CDC and DHS?

GET VACCINATED!


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Good Indoor plants

Our home’s microclimate is especially important for those homes with young children or allergy sufferers.

Some plants are actually better than others at cleaning the atmosphere, filling a room with oxygen and maintaining good humidity.

Plants to grow in home

1. Spathiphyllum

Otherwise known as ‘women’s happiness’, thanks to the traditional belief that this plant brings love and joy to a house, spathiphyllum is great at removing moisture from your home. By doing so it normalizes the house’s microclimate and banishes mold spores. To keep this plant healthy, we recommend a temperature of 18°C.

2. Coffea

Coffea plants include around 100 different varieties, of which the most common are the Arabic or Congolese coffee shrubs. These coffee plants only bear fruit after 5 or 6 years, therefore, to gain the terrific fruit and flower scents, purchase an adult one. Coffea shrubs are excellent at absorbing excess moisture in the air.

3. Myrtus

Myrtus has long been seen as a sacred symbol of joy and peace. It’s said to be able to restore youth and fill a room with energy and helpful spirits. Scientifically, myrtus also has a wealth of benefits to offer your home. It can restore a healthy microclimate to any room, and care for your health thanks to its production of phytoncides that kill airborne microbes.

4. Laurus Nobilis

Laurus was associated in classical times with majesty, victory, and glory, and this plant can certainly do a good job of normalizing your home’s microclimate. Because it hails from subtropical climes, it is used to absorbing moist, humid air. Just make sure to give it plenty of warm water.

5. Citrus limon

There is hardly any plant fresher smelling than a lemon tree. It fills your home with a wonderful citrus scent, while absorbing the excess moisture that ruins a room’s atmosphere. The leaves are full of curative properties, which help to sterilize the regions the plant occupies. Give the tree lots of warm sunlight, water, and soil.

6. Chamaecyparis

The Chamaecyparis is sacred to the Japanese, who have long held that the souls of their ancestors and kami gods live in these trees. It does need lots of shade and water, but in return, it will rid the air of dirty impurities and reduce headaches and migraines.

7. Sansevieria

This plant doesn’t need nearly as much watering as many of the others, as its leaves retain an awful lot of water naturally. You can keep it anywhere in your house and watch it freshen the air, filling it with oxygen. This will also have the effect of neutralizing the fumes that are caused by synthetic materials which our homes tend to be full of.

8. Ficus

You will need lots of room and shade to house this most popular of trees. The ficus will moisturize and oxygenate the room, fighting viruses and harmful toxins, while scooping away floating dust with its large leaves. You needn’t water it too much, so it doesn’t require much care.

9. Cissus

The cissus quadrangularis resembles ivy, in that it grows towards the light, enveloping the structures around it. This plant is suitable for moisturizing rooms with dry air. You will need to provide it plenty of shade while showering it regularly with moisture.

10. Kalanchoe

The kalanchoe requires a lot of sunlight but not much water to help provide moisture to a dry environment. This plant will regulate the climate of your home, or at least help to do so. It’s such a gorgeous plant too, isn’t it?

Other Plants

Plants to avoid:

  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • English Ivy
  • Easter Lily
  • Oleander
  • Daffodils
  • Mistletoe
  • Leopard Lily / Dumb cane
  • Peace Lily
  • Holly
  • Caladium
  • Azalea
  • Morning Glory
  • Foxglove

If you think your child has come in contact with or eaten any of the following poisonous plants, check if she’s experiencing any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or swelling of the mouth or throat.

  • If it is a life-threatening emergency – call 911.
  • If the child develops a skin reaction or upset stomach, call your child’s doctor and have him/her evaluated.
  • You can also call the poison control hotline (800.222.1222).

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Be Careful of These Home Items Around the children

While raising children can be one of the most joyous times in our lives, we have a primal urge to keep them safe and happy. However, there are a number of products that have been proven to increase the incidence of childhood injuries, and in some more dangerous cases, fatalities. So, in order to help raise awareness and keep our children safe, here’s a list of products that require an increased level of caution.

1. Laundry detergent pods

If swallowed, laundry pods can cause poisoning and burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach. Other than ingestion, if the liquid leaks or is squeezed from the pod, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation and burns. It can also damage the lungs if your child breathes it in. If you suspect that your child has ingested or had some form of contact with an open detergent pod, call a doctor immediately.

2. Balloons and other small objects

Balloons are a great way to brighten up a party. But, they cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. Balloons, especially those made of latex, conform to the shape of the narrow windpipe in children. This leads to choking. Other small objects like batteries, magnets, marbles and bottle caps can also lead to occlusions of the windpipe. If you notice your child choking, give them several firm blows to the upper back while they are in a forward position. Be sure to call an ambulance.

3. Pet food

Pet food, though not poisonous to humans can cause children to become sick after ingesting dry cat or dog food. The most dangerous is dry food pellets, usually given to large dogs. This can result in a choking hazard for kids.

4. Toys with propellers

Small, hand-operated drones cause an increased risk of injury. In one situation, a child had his eye cut out by a drone propellor. While they can indeed be fun toys to play with, do follow the safety precautions.

5. Trampolines

While trampolines can be a fun addition to the backyard, they do come with a number of risks. According to the EU Injury Database, approximately 51,000 children aged 0-14 require an emergency department visit every year due to injuries sustained from using a trampoline. In the United States, that number is closer to 250,000

6. Toy Chests

If you keep your child’s toys in a chest with a heavy lid, it’s probably best to remove the lid or to use open storage boxes. Heavy lids pose an injury risk if the toddler were to have a body part reaching into the open lid and it wasn’t secured. Reported incidents have also noted cases of suffocation when a child has become trapped within the box. Most modern toy chests have added safety elements to help prevent injury. Alternatively, open boxes and play areas can be a safer alternative.

7. Certain houseplants

While houseplants can be aesthetically pleasing for your home and garden, some can be quite toxic and lethal if eaten. Philodendron, oleander, and peace lilies are three common examples. Should an incident occur, call an ambulance.

8. Candy

Candy can be a real choking hazard, depending on the age of the child. Be especially aware of sour hard candies, like Warheads, which have been reported to have caused burns and erosion to children’s mouths. So either proceed with caution or avoid them altogether.

9. Carpets and Rugs

Carpets or rugs may make a room look wonderful, prevent kids from slipping, and reduce noise. But research on the toxins in carpets has shown that carpet materials can be hazardous to our health. In fact, carpets impair the indoor air quality, according to a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study. It is also particularly harmful to kids, especially toddlers, who might find and swallow small items that are overlooked in carpets.

10. Open Handbag

A bag is an essential, especially for mothers of small kids who need bigger bags to carry around their children’s needs. However, if let unzipped, these bags can be dangerous for kids who might want to reach for something inside the bag and the contents of the bag, like medication, perfume, or makeup can still be dangerous for kids.

11. Paint chips

Care should also be taken to ensure that the paint on the walls and doors in your home is not worn and chipped since children might swallow old paint chips, causing lead poisoning. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, lead poisoning in children may damage their brain, slow their development, and cause hearing and speech problems.

12. keys, coins, kitchen magnets and

They’re shiny and able to make a great jingling sound. Kids are easily attracted to playing with keys. But metal may be hazardous when swallowed and on top of that, dust and grease could be stuck on the keys and their sharp edges are dangerous around kids’ eyes. Children younger than 6 years old tend to swallow a lot of small items, but coins are the highest when it comes to foreign body ingestions among young children at 61.7%, according to a new AAP study. Across all age groups, the most frequently ingested coin was a penny (65.9%).

13. Gates

Baby gates are used to guard children from home hazards. Unfortunately, a study by Academic Pediatrics shows that children younger than 2 years of age were most often injured by falls involving stairs after the collapse of the gate. Patients between the ages of 2 and 6 were most often injured by contact with the gate, resulting in open wounds (55.4%) and soft-tissue injuries (24.2%).

14. Glass coffee table

The height of coffee tables makes them irresistible for toddlers to hold on to as they walk. But coffee tables made from non-tempered glass are a risk to children. A study by Pediatric Emergency Care found that facial injuries was most commonly involved, at 45.6%.

15. Blind cord

Blinds are a normal installation in a home but blind cord entanglement could cause hospitalization or death. In a study by AAP, 98.9% of entanglement injuries involved blind cords, and 80.7% were to the neck.

16.Button Battery

Shiny and candy-like, button batteries are ingested by children more 2,500 times a year in the United States. Certain types of button batteries, if swallowed, require an urgent endoscopic removal, according to a study by NCBI. This is to avoid sudden death by the button battery. As an immediate protection after swallowing, honey can used as it has been found to have protective effects against button battery injury according to researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

17. Unsecured book case

Bookcases are an example of the top-heavy furniture that many people often have in their home that can be dangerous to children. The same is true for shelving and other heavy furniture that is prone to falling

18. Uncovered plugs

Outlets are like a magnet, attracting children to these dangerous and potential sources of electrocution. Sadly, an estimated 100 children die due to electrocution from wall outlets. Exposed outlets should be covered with either plastic cap plugs or screw-on covers.

19. bathtub with water

From 2005 to 2009, an estimated 660 bathtub submersion accidents occurred with 431 estimated fatalities. An estimated 92 percent of drowning incidents took place in the home.

20. Plastic bags

Plastic baggies are a popular household item for parents because they are perfect for packing lunches. However, plastic baggies can be very hazardous for children. Plastic bags present a choking hazard for babies.

21. Humidifiers

If the humidifier is not properly cleaned, the humidifier can harbor all sorts of unwanted items, including mold spores, bacteria, and fungus. The humidifier should be cleaned and fully dried regularly.

Source: Internet and others


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Cracked Skin: Causes, Treatments

While we typically associate dry skin with the winter, transitional weather is actually often even worse for the skin than extreme cold, as during this time, our skin is trying to adjust to weather changes, and this often results in flareups of skin dryness, dandruff, eczema, and other bothersome skin conditions. With frequent hand-washing and mask-wearing added to the mix, dry and cracked skin on the hands and lips has become even more common than usual these days.

The Causes of Cracked Skin

  • Dry and cracked skin can occur anywhere on the body, and most people experience these symptoms several times throughout their lives, especially in the most susceptible areas, such as the lips, hands, feet, and ankles. Older adults are more likely to get cracked skin than younger people because age and hormonal changes decrease the amount of skin oils called sebum our skin produces, which makes the skin more likely to be dry.
  • Cracked skin is actually one of the symptoms of severely dry skin, which can be caused by various health conditions and environmental factors. Cracked skin can be quite uncomfortable and even painful, as untreated cracks can become itchy, inflamed, or can start to bleed.
  • Temperature and air humidity influence how dry your skin is, so things like changes in seasons, traveling abroad, and extremely cold and dry weather can all contribute to cracked skin. Health conditions and treatments can likewise cause dry and cracked skin. The most common causes of dry and cracked skin are eczema, psoriasis, and fungal skin infections (e.g. athlete’s foot), but cracked skin can also be one of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, diabetes, and thyroid issues.
  • If you suspect that your symptoms are caused by any of those conditions or a side effect to a medication, you should contact your doctor and seek medical treatment, as the problem won’t go away on its own.

Treatments and Tips

Depending on the cause of the condition and its severity, dermatologists can choose several different treatment tactics. For example, if someone is experiencing cracked skin on the hands after cleaning the house without gloves and getting a skin allergy called contact dermatitis, they will require allergy medication and possibly even topical steroids. However, a person with an infected cracked heel may require antibiotics.

Because of the multitude of potential causes of the condition, it’s important to discuss the issue with a doctor and not relying on self-treatment, especially if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • You’re diabetic.
  • The cracked skin starts bleeding.
  • The cracked skin exhibits signs of infection: the skin gets red, inflamed, painful, or hot to the touch.

That being said, there are a number of universal tips that will help you treat and prevent dry and cracked skin no matter the cause of the condition, the best of which we list below:

1. The water temperature in the shower matters a lot

A hot shower or bath may feel magnificent, but it can be extremely harmful to those who have dry or cracked skin because hot water exacerbates these issues and can actually be one of the reasons why your skin is so dry. This is because long hot showers disrupt your skin barrier. The longer you stay in a hot shower, the more it will dry out your skin.

If you’re already experiencing cracked skin on any part of your body, exposing it to hot water will further worsen the issue. Lukewarm or slightly warmer water is the best for your skin and hair health, so try to dial down the temperature if you’re suffering from cracked or dry skin.

2. Moisturize the Areas That Tend to Crack Daily

Thick body moisturizers and ointments are key at treating and preventing cracked skin, as they will create a seal in the area of concern and promote the process of skin healing and will prevent the issue in the future. Dermatologists recommend applying a body moisturizer immediately after the shower, you can even do so on damp skin for best results. You can also apply a thick or oily balm or salve on areas that are the driest or cracked.

For even better results, you can reapply the moisturizer several times a day on the most bothersome areas. When it comes to the best choice of moisturizer, choosing a cream that’s coloring and fragrance-free is optimal. Look for ANY or a FEW of the following beneficial moisturizing ingredients in your body cream that can help soother cracked and dry skin:

  • Plant oils, such as shea butter or jojoba oil
  • Urea
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Dimethicone
  • Glycerin
  • Lanolin
  • Artificial oils, such as mineral oil or petroleum jelly.

3. Wear Socks or Slippers at Home

For cracked heels in particular, it’s very helpful to get in the habit of wearing socks or slippers at home at all times. Walking at home barefoot is actually quite likely to cause calluses, dry and cracked heels, or even foot infections, such as athlete’s foot. Simultaneously, wearing shoes that don’t fit you well or a pair that makes your feet sweat can cause the same issues.

If you already have cracked heels, putting on a clean pair of socks immediately after taking a shower and moisturizing is especially important, as it will help prevent the cracked area from getting infected.

4. Get an Air Humidifier

Not only those who live in a dry climate should consider investing in an air humidifier, as the majority of people today spend most of their time in a climate-controlled environment indoors, and air conditioners and heating systems alike are notorious for drying out the air. Low air humidity, in turn, can dry out both your skin and the mucous membranes in your nose and mouth, and even your eyes, which can worsen your already dry and cracked skin and contribute to nasal congestion, dry eye syndrome, and other health issues.

5. Don’t Scrub the Cracked Areas

You might be tempted to use a scrub, a scrubbing brush, or a foot scrubber in areas that are dry or cracked in an attempt to reduce the appearance of dry and flaky skin, but this can actually be very harmful in the long run, make the cracked area more painful, and worsen an already existing issue.

Instead, be very gentle with your skin and avoid any scrubbing and rubbing. Dermatologists even recommend being mindful of the way you dry your skin with a towel after showering – instead of rubbing the towel to dry the skin in the dry areas, gently pat-dry the skin to reduce any friction to a minimum.

6. Foot Soaks For Dry Heels

If you’re suffering from persistently dry and cracked heels, one of the things you can do to soften up and soothe the skin is a pampering foot soak and follow up with applying a moisturizing cream.

Just one last tip: if your heels are bleeding or you have any wounds on the feet, don’t add any salts or essential oil to the water, as it might sting or irritate the area. Instead, opt for moisturizing ingredients like oils to soothe the skin.

7. Use Gauze or Liquid Bandage to Seal the Skin

If you need an express method to soothe and moisturize dry and cracked skin, here it is. Dermatologists suggest that applying a gauze bandage on freshly-moisturized skin can really help boost the effects of a moisturizer and speed up the healing of a cracked area, be it your feet, ankles, or hands. Doing this method a few days in a row ought to really help with both the appearance and the healing of dry and cracked areas.

For deeply cracked areas, in particular, you can also use a liquid bandage to fill and hold the skin together and promote faster healing. A liquid bandage is an over-the-counter treatment available in most pharmacies, and it works by essentially gluing the cracked skin together. Do keep in mind that you won’t be able to use a moisturizer and apply a liquid bandage at the same time, since the bandage won’t stick to an oily surface.

8. Use Exfoliating Creams for Dry and Cracked Skin

If you have chronically dry skin, you might also find that the skin in troublesome areas is flaky, which means that your skin isn’t renewing itself as it should, and layers upon layers of dry skin cells start piling up on your skin, which could ultimately cause it to crack. If that is the case, you might benefit from an exfoliating cream (NOT a scrub) containing ingredients like salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, AHA, or BHA labeled on the packaging. These creams help you get rid of these dead skin cells and will soften your skin, but without the irritation and pain a scrub can cause.

Do keep in mind that there are dedicated exfoliating creams for different areas on the skin, such as your feet, hands, or the face, and these products contain different quantities of exfoliating acids, so make sure not to use them on different areas or all over the skin because they might cause skin irritation.

9. Apply a Lip Balm Onto Dry Lips

Dry, cracked, and even bleeding lips are extremely common, even more so lately due to constant mask-wearing. If you find that your lips get chapped or cracked, the best thing you can do is apply a thick lip balm several times a day. Do keep in mind, however, that many lip balms contain irritating ingredients, such as coloring, coconut oil, and fragrance, which can make your lips burn and worsen the issue instead of helping it, so we recommend to go for plain flavorless lip balms.

Another habit to be wary of if you have dry or chapped lips is licking your lips. This habit can make your lips even drier and could even contribute to a skin rash around the lips known as lip licker’s dermatitis, so try not to do it.

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Message from Dr. Lata Shridharan

Dear Parents,

Your health is our first priority.

Although Texas has made great strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Natural Pediatrics will continue to follow health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and other leading medical authorities. Therefore,

· Masks are mandatory at Natural Pediatrics. We do not want to the cause for virus spread in our community. All staff, patients, and visitors are required to wear masks while in any of our clinics. Those community members who are unwilling or unable to wear a face mask or covering will not be permitted into our clinics and will be encouraged to reschedule their appointment.

· Even if you have been vaccinated for coronavirus, we shall require you to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines.

We will continue to assess our safety measures and will keep patients informed of any future changes. Thank you for your continued diligence in helping us keep everyone healthy.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at 972-618-3547 to speak with a member of our staff.

Best regards,

Lata Shridharan MD

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Guide to washing your food

If you place a high value on your health, you know how important it is to wash your food well.

While the process is simple – turning on a faucet and rinsing your food, there are a few nuances that are essential for you to remember.

Below are products we wash incorrectly:

1. Frozen fruits and veggies

While frozen fruits and vegetables tend to save us more time in the kitchen – no chopping required – before freezing, vegetables are washed with water. However, most people do not wash frozen products before using them, which is fine if they are being cooked at a high temperature. But for al dente vegetables, they should be washed thoroughly to get rid of the dirt and bacteria.

2. Rice

Rice, particularly long grain rice, should be rinsed 3 to 4 times before cooking. The main danger lies not in the dust but in the starch covering rice. The starch is what causes the rice to clump together, making it look unappetizing. Other starchy grains like corn or wheat grains should be rinsed until the water runs clear.

3. Mussels and oysters

All seafood in shells, including mussels and oysters, should be thoroughly rinsed – even if you buy the frozen packet, as they are full of sand and grit.

4. Milk and dairy products

The packaging of milk, yogurt, and other liquids should all be washed before opening. Thousands of customers touch these items, pick them up and read the information on the labels. As soon as we open a bottle, the bacteria from people who have previously handled the container can easily be passed on.

5. Fish

Unless you are going to eat fish raw, there is no need to wash it as high temperatures all bacteria. Furthermore, if you rinse raw fish, there is a risk of spreading the bacteria all around your kitchen. Bear in mind that after handling the fish, you should wash your hands, the cutting board and the knife.

6. Cabbage

Cabbage must be washed thoroughly no matter what type of cabbage it is. Cauliflower, which comes from the same family as the cabbage should be cleaned well, in all its nooks. To cook red or white cabbage, remove the upper two layers as they tend to hide dirt and dust. To get rid of bugs and bacteria put the cabbage in the sink and fill with water, adding some vinegar and leave for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with clean water.

7. Canned beverages

Don’t gulp a can of soda without washing it or wiping it down first. Cans travel in dusty trucks and are handled by many people. In fact, it’s all the better if you pour the contents from the can into a glass.

8. Lettuce

Greens are extremely tasty and healthy. But when preparing lettuce, don’t forget to rinse it first. To get rid of sand or dirt in the leaves, you need to tear the lettuce and leave it to soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Once you take the lettuce out, place in a colander or on a clean kitchen towel and let it dry.

9. Apples

Apples, like most fruits, need to be thoroughly rinsed & scrubbed to remove the wax coating. Studies show that if you soak fruits in water and baking soda for 12 minutes, the majority of the chemicals will be washed away.


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LATEST NEWS: COVID VACCINE FOR KIDS

Covid-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States are only available for adults, except Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine, which is authorized for people ages 16 and older. Last week, the first children were vaccinated in Moderna’s Phase 2/3 KidCOVE pediatric trial, which includes children ages 6 months to 11 years. Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials are overseen by a Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), comprised of independent experts who have access to trial data and can recommend studies be halted if there are safety concerns.

Takeaway:

Children are much less likely to get seriously ill or die from Covid-19 than adults. Based on current trend, parents and teachers should be vaccinated by this fall, but many kids, especially those under the age of 12, will likely not be.

Source: Internet & CNN & Others


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Home Remedies from Home Ingredients!

Parents: Don’t be in a rush to get pharmaceutical pills and medicines that may cause various negative effects.

Try these wonderful, natural and proven home remedies to help those aches and pains, without the side effects, instead.

They will also provide your digestive system with a healthy boost!

This is for non-acute conditions. Seek doctor’s help if in doubt.

Anise

For congestion resulting from allergies, colds or flu, as well as relief for upset stomach and gas, prepare some tea by soaking 1 teaspoon of anise seeds, in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. In addition, chewing anise seeds is effective for treating bad breath.

Allspice (Also known as: Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta)

To relieve muscle aches, ground the allspice to powder form, then add a little water to get a thick paste texture. Apply to a strip of clean cloth and put it on the painful area.

Bay Leaves

To treat dandruff, soak a handful of bay leaves in 1 liter of water – bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover the water for 20 minutes until the liquid cools. Pour on your hair and let it sit for 45 to 60 minutes. Rinse the hair well.

Basil

For relief from a cough, prepare an infusion of dried basil leaves: 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of boiling water. Soak the leaves and then add honey.

Black Pepper

To stop bleeding, sprinkle a generous amount of black pepper over the cut and it will neutralize the bleeding and the pain.

Cayenne Pepper

To clear the sinuses, sprinkle some red pepper on food or gargle with water to relieve a sore throat. In addition, cayenne pepper suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush or add a cup of water and gargle to rinse your mouth, prevent gum disease, accelerate the healing of gingivitis and treat toothaches. You can also prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon of pepper with 1 cup of water and apply it to the affected area.

Caraway Seeds

Chewing caraway seeds helps relieve gas. An infusion can also be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking.

Cinnamon

To raise the amount of good cholesterol in your body, mix 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon in coffee or tea. For treating joint pain, you should try 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Cinnamon may also be used to alleviate menstrual cramps. Just add a little cinnamon to your coffee and tea or sprinkle on food.

Cloves

Chew 1 clove root to remove bad breath or to treat dental pain. Place on the tooth until the pain is gone. You can also chew 3-4 cloves roots to relieve nausea or a sore throat.

Cardamom

To aid digestion, prepare an infusion of one teaspoon of cardamom with 1 cup boiling water. Once soaked, drink with a meal.

Celery Seeds

To relieve fluid retention, prepare a diuretic infusion by crushing 1.5 teaspoons of celery seeds in 1 cup of boiling water, then soak for 20 minutes.

Coriander

Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1 cup boiling water, it will help you deal with high cholesterol levels.

Cumin

Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of cumin and let it cook for a few seconds. Cool and drink in one sip to relieve your cold symptoms.

Dill Seed

Try to swallow a teaspoon of dill seeds to stop hiccups. In addition,chewing on this herb’s seeds will reduce bad breath.

Fennel Seeds

Chewing fennel seeds can alleviate bad breath and relieve stomach cramps. An infusion can be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking. Crush the seeds a little before the brew. This will help to treat gas.

Ginger

For relief from nausea, prepare an infusion of 1/2 teaspoon ginger in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Alternatively, chewing fresh ginger can be all the more efficient.

To alleviate headaches, make a paste by mixing ground ginger with water and smear it over the painful area. For alleviating cough and heartburn mix 1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger with one teaspoon of honey.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is a natural mosquito repellent. Make a paste of garlic powder and water, which can be applied to your pulse points, behind the knees, the ankles, a drop or two on the cheeks, face and neck. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.

Mustard Powder

To relieve congestion, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder with 1 liter of hot water and then soak your feet. Please note that mustard plasters have been used traditionally to treat coughs, colds and the flu.

Salt

Salt is an effective cure for pain and acts as a great disinfectant too. Prepare a solution of salt and water and rub it on the insect bite area or rinse your mouth with salt-water several times a day to disinfect the mouth and throat.

Turmeric

To bring your temperature down, stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of honey.

Thyme

Get relief from a cough and a sore throat with an infusion of thyme. Mix 1 tablespoon of dried thyme with 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink. To ease a gassy situation, mix 1 teaspoon of thyme with 1 cup of boiling water and strain before drinking.

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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LATEST NEWS: New Unknown Chemicals in Babies and Mothers

This study was published on March 16, 2021, in Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists at University of California San Francisco have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 “mystery chemicals,” whose sources and uses are unknown.

The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother’s placenta.

For example, 40 are used as plasticizers, 28 in cosmetics, 25 in consumer products, 29 as pharmaceuticals, 23 as pesticides, three as flame retardants, and seven are PFAS compounds, which are used in carpeting, upholstery and other applications. The researchers say it’s possible there are also other uses for all of these chemicals.

The researchers report that 55 of the 109 chemicals they tentatively identified appear not to have been previously reported in people:

  • 1 is used as a pesticide (bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidini-4-y) decanedioate)
  • 2 are PFASs (methyl perfluoroundecanoate, most likely used in the manufacturing of non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics; 2-perfluorodecyl ethanoic acid)
  • 10 are used as plasticizers (e.g. Sumilizer GA 80 – used in food packaging, paper plates, small appliances)
  • 2 are used in cosmetics
  • 4 are high production volume (HPV) chemicals
  • 37 have little to no information about their sources or uses (e.g., 1-(1-Acetyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-4-yl)-3-dodecylpyrrolidine-2,5-dione, used in manufacturing fragrances and paints—this chemical is so little known that there is currently no acronym—and (2R0-7-hydroxy-8-(2-hydroxyethyl)-5-methoxy-2-,3-dihydrochromen-4-one (Acronym: LL-D-253alpha), for which there is limited to no information about its uses or sources

Source: https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-detect-55-chemicals-never-before-reported-in-people-42-mystery-chemicals-whose-sources-are-unknown/


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Sleep Statistics

Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics

Below is a compilation of interesting statistics that relate to sleep and sleep disorders. From this list, it will be apparent that there is significant amount of sleep issues and sleepiness in our society. The public health consequences from sleep disorders and sleepiness are staggering.

Sleep Disorder Statistics:

50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.

48.0% report snoring.

37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.

4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.

Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.

Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10%

25 Million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea

9-21% of women have obstructive sleep apnea

24-31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea

3–5% of the overall proportion of obesity in adults could be attributable to short sleep

Percentage of CPAP users who are adherent to therapy: 66%

Percentage of adults using melatonin : 1.3%

Percentage of bacteria that CPAP cleaners claim to kill: 99%

Incidence of narcolepsy: 50 per 100,000 people

Percentage who reported that snoring improved in bed partner with a mandibular advancing snoring device: 70%

Sleep Deprivation Statistics:

37% of 20-39 year-olds report short sleep duration

40% of 40-59 year-olds report short sleep duration

35.3% adults report <7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period.

100,000 deaths occur each year in US hospitals due to medical errors and sleep deprivation have been shown to make a significant contribution.

Sleep Needs by Age Group:

Adult: 7 – 9 hours

Teenager: 8 – 10 hours

Child 6 – 12 years: 9- 12 hours

Child 3 – 5 years: 10 – 13 hours (including naps)

Child 1 – 2 years: 11 – 14 hours (including naps)

Infants 4 -12 months: 12 – 16 hours (including naps)

Source: https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/sleep-statistics/


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Strengthening Hair and Nails

Biotin, which is a B vitamin, plays a vital role in cellular respiration. It is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.

Biotin is essential for maintaining healthy hair and nails, and it’s important that adults get their recommended daily intake of 30 mcg per day to keep them looking their best.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that your body doesn’t store it. As a result, you need to consume it regularly to maintain adequate levels

Low Biotin Level

There isn’t a good laboratory test for detecting low biotin levels, so this condition is usually identified by its symptoms, which include thinning of the hair (frequently with loss of hair color) and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Other symptoms include depression, tiredness, hallucinations, and tingling of the arms and legs.

The following foods are rich in biotin:

1. Almonds

A quarter-cup of almonds has 15 mcg of biotin, which is half the recommended daily amount, so adding them to your breakfast or eating them as an afternoon snack will mean that you’re halfway there!

2. Sweet potatoes

This wonderful vegetable can serve as a base for various soups and dishes. It’s also increasingly being used as a low-fat replacement for traditional potato fries. In addition, one cup of sweet potato contains about 8 mcg of biotin, which is about one-third of the recommended daily intake of this vitamin. Sweet potatoes also contain significant amounts of vitamin C, copper and fiber, which enhance the strength of hair and nails.

3. Oats

Oatmeal can be consumed in a range of different ways, such soaked or cooked fresh in the morning, or preparing homemade energy bars. In addition to tasting wonderful, oatmeal also contains quite a bit of biotin. A quarter of an ounce contains some 8 grams of it – about 25% of the recommended daily intake. If you don’t eat oatmeal regularly, then you should definitely consider adding it to your diet.

4. Eggs

Eggs are a favorite ingredient for breakfast and lunch around the world, and are an excellent source of biotin. Just ensure that you cook egg whites through properly, as this helps biotin absorption in the body. This One cooked egg will supply you with 25 mcg of biotin, which will definitely give you strong, long and healthy nails.

5. Onions

One cup of freshly-chopped onions contains 8 mcg of biotin, so you could easily contribute to your recommended daily biotin intake just by adding onions to your evening meal.

6. Tomatoes

There is nothing the taste of fresh tomatoes in a salad, or the aroma they add to sauces and a wide variety of different and loved dishes. In addition to their unique look and wonderful taste, tomatoes can provide you with a good amount of biotin, with one cup containing 24% of the recommended daily intake, regardless of whether you consume them raw or cooked.

7. Peanuts

If you enjoy snacking on peanuts, you’ll be pleased to know that a quarter-cup of them contains 6.4 mcg of biotin.

Peanuts can be added to a variety of foods from salads to desserts. It can also be spread on bread. Try using a natural peanut butter spread if you want to eat peanuts in this manner because it will be free from additives and sugar. It will also provide you with a more concentrated form of biotin.

8. Carrots

Carrots, beyond being healthy for our skin, also have an amazing effect on our hair and nails. The beta-carotene in the carrots is responsible for improving and restoring the skin and hair. One cup of the popular orange vegetable contains 6 mcg of biotin – some 20% of the recommended daily intake – so try and incorporate a few carrots into your diet where you can.

9. Spinach

Spinach has become one of the most popular leafy vegetables in recent years, especially after people have discovered its many health benefits. One serving (about 30 grams) of frozen spinach leaves contains 7 mcg of biotin. Add spinach to your daily diet by making pies, salads and healthy shakes. Go on – your hair and nails will thank you.

10. Halibut

White halibut, which can be purchased frozen or fresh, is one of the best sources of biotin, regardless of how you cook it. A serving of 30-50 grams of halibut (depending on the quality of the fish) contains an impressive 10.2 mcg of biotin, which means that a 100g serving of halibut will provide you with the recommended daily intake of biotin, as well as a hefty amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. These ingredients further serve to strengthen your hair and nails, ensuring that they remain healthy regardless of your age.

11. Avocado

The avocado fruit, which many refer to as a vegetable, is often enjoyed in sandwiches and salads. In addition to tasting great, a medium-sized avocado contains up to 6 mcg of biotin. Thanks to the biotin content of avocado, you can strengthen your hair and nails naturally and enjoy a variety of health benefits, such as improved skin appearance and better digestion.

12. Legumes

Legumes like peas, beans, and lentils are high in protein, fiber, and numerous micronutrients. Some of the richest sources of biotin in this category are peanuts and soybeans. A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of roasted peanuts contains just under 5 mcg of biotin, or 17% of the DV. One study on the biotin content of popular Japanese foods found 19.3 mcg of biotin — 64% of the DV — in a 3/4-cup (100-gram) serving of whole soybeans.

13. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a good source of fiber, unsaturated fat, and protein. A 1/4-cup (20-gram) serving of roasted sunflower seeds offers 2.6 mcg of biotin, or 10% of the DV, while 1/4 cup (30 grams) of roasted almonds contains 1.5 mcg, or 5% of the DV

Source: Internet & others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.