Great tricks to eat more veggies!

We all know that vegetables are good for us and we should be eating at least 5 serves per day from the vegetables and /legumes food group. Some days, reaching that number of serves may be more of a struggle than others! Why should you eat the recommended servings of vegetables each day? Veggies […]

via How To Trick Yourself Into Eating More Vegetables — Discovering Your Happiness

When Aphids Attack, Brillen and Lola Fight Back

We have finally launched the first of a series of children’s books! A horde of aphids invades the broccoli village, and Brillen the Broccoli Boy and his friend Lola the Ladybug must fight back! Read the book to see what they must do before the aphids eat all of the village’s harvest!

First time we’ve self-published a book. Please feel free to leave a review and share with friends!

Older Than Their Years: Three Health Issues Adults Never Expect In Kids

The truth is making healthy choices starts at a very young age!

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New parents often rush out and buy family health bibles. Then, a lot of parents read them cover to cover, so they’re prepared to recognize health problems in their kids. But, many of them fail to realize that there are issues their children may face during their development which would never cross our minds.

For the most part, we relate such conditions to teens or adults. As such, we don’t even consider looking out for them in our youngsters. And, of course, you can’t become a wealth of knowledge about every condition under the sun. That’s why I’ve put together a list of three health issues you would never consider your kids could suffer from. Best to be prepared, after all!

Hip Problems

Let’s be honest; most of us relate hip problems to elderly grandparents with tired bones. While this is often the case, the elderly aren’t the only ones…

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The environment you choose impacts your health!

Protecting Children from the Environment. Every year air pollution kills 570,000 children. With all the challenges children face, the air they breathe shouldn’t be one of them. Exposure to air pollution may also increase children’s lifelong risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. via Air Pollution and Children — DES Daughter Network

via Air Pollution Biggest Environmental Risk to Kids’ Health — The Most Revolutionary Act

Food. We all need it.

Humans have been hunter gatherers, gardeners, and now grocery shoppers. Today, in our shining citadels of civilization, we have become far removed from the process by which our food is produced. Food comes in boxes, wrappers, and cans. We open it and then we eat it. We buy in bulk, buy for price, and buy for the convenience. We buy things we like, but do we buy what we need?

Humans can survive eating all kinds of food. In fact, foods like bread, rice, potatoes, dairy, and poultry have been staples across all kinds of societies throughout history. If you eat only certain types of food though you might become stuck in a nutrient deficient diet. Think of the sailors with diets high in carbohydrates that got scurvy due to a lack of Vitamin C, or those living in around the Great Lakes in the 1920s who had diets filled with food but lacked iodine, leading to the area being termed the “Goiter Belt” as people’s thyroids inflated. Neither diet left the person hungry, yet both diets led the body to starve for nutrients.

This is the 21st century. That stuff does not happen anymore you might say. Believe it or not, nutrient deficiencies still exist today in the United States! According to data collected in 2012, nearly 16 million Americans have deficiencies in Vitamin C and 23 million have deficiencies in Vitamin D (Bird, Ciappio, Murphy). The deficiencies are caused in the exact same way they have been caused before, only now we know how to fix them!

Humans in our society have access to foods grown across the globe, and it is important make use of them. Let us eat our dark leafy greens, our deep red beets, our bright orange carrots, our purple plums, and our golden, whole grain wheats. It takes a rainbow of color to provide human beings with the wide array of nutrients we need. These colors, in their natural and raw forms, once prepared right, are delicious and far more nutritious than wrapped, canned, or packaged foods!

If you cannot manage to eat right, you may be able to take a multivitamin. The study cited above found that non-users of nutritional supplements were 2.5 times as likely to have a nutrient deficiency. While a simple pill may do the trick, there is no comparison to eating whole foods on their own. The moral of the story is: do not discriminate with your fruits and vegetables. All are welcome on the plate of the healthy and balanced individual.

Works Cited

Bird J, Ciappio ED, Murphy RM. Adult full spectrum multivitamin/multimineral supplement users have a lower prevalence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Presented at: Experimental Biology 2015, Boston MA; March 29, 2015.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Oz