Exercise, Learning, and School

How often do your kids get significant exercise?  We all know that exercise is good for physical health, but did you know that physical exercise also builds the brain?  No matter how old you are, you can always build new brain cells with exercise.  For moms who grew up learning that it was all downhill after 20 because “brain cells start to die around the age of 21,” this is exciting news.  Not only was this false, it was kind of depressing to hear at school! Continue reading “Exercise, Learning, and School” »

Vitamin C Powerfoods for Cold and Flu Season

School has started, and along with it comes “cold and flu season.”  You don’t have to catch the kiddie crap that circulates around school environments, though-you can use certain natural supplements to boost your immune system instead.  Besides, who wants to be on 45 rounds of antibiotics during the winter?  Wouldn’t it be better not to catch viruses in the first place? Continue reading “Vitamin C Powerfoods for Cold and Flu Season” »

Your Sleep Problem and How to Fix It

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep?  Or worse yet, you wake up in the middle of the night and just lay there for hours?  I remember having this problem after my daughter was born.  Though I was terribly exhausted and desperate for sleep, I would lay there for hours unable to fall asleep!

I wish that I had known then what I know now, which is the fact that most sleep problems are rooted in Vitamin B deficit.  Not all, but most.  The hormones that help you fall and stay asleep are synthesized using the Vitamin B family-so if you’re running low or worse yet, suffering from a severe Vitamin B deficit, you’re going to be the night owl at home.  Vitamin B 12 deficits can cause sleep problems because this vitamin plays an important role in converting serotonin to melatonin.  Low B12=low serotonin=low melatonin=really poopy mood and little sleep.

But wait, this gets better.  Sleep is when we actually manufacture serotonin.  So if you’re not sleeping, you aren’t replenishing and restoring your serotonin levels, which means that you’re not going to sleep again tonight.  You’ll probably have problems with your  mood, too, since serotonin is the “feeling safe and happy” neurotransmitter.  You see how this turns into a really nasty cycle, right?  Low Vitamin Bs beget poor sleep, poor sleep leads to low serotonin, low serotonin leads to shrinks, and shrinks lead to meds that can worsen your sleep problem (though I realize that meds can help sometimes, too.)  The point is this:  sleep is crucial to good good and sleep maintenance!!

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The Skinny on Fats: Are You a Snackwell?

Are you a member of the Snackwell generation?  You know, those of us who endured the low fat dieting craze during the early to mid 1990s?  We were all taught that “low fat” is the best way to lose weight and decrease your risk for heart disease, but most of us just wanted to lose a few?  We ate low fat, thought low fat, and avoided anything moderate to high fat.  The Snackwell line was launched, along with other “fat free” junk, and we made it our mission to eat “fat free.” In the process, most of us wound up eating highly refined, sugar packed, overly processed foods in packages.

We became Snackwells. Continue reading “The Skinny on Fats: Are You a Snackwell?” »

The Reason You Can’t Sleep: Vitamin B12 and Chronic Stress

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep?  Or worse yet, you wake up in the middle of the night and just lay there for hours?  I remember having this problem after my daughter was born.  Though I was terribly exhausted and desperate for sleep, I would lay there for hours unable to fall asleep!

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Chronic Stress and Your Brain: How to Reverse Negative Effects

What kinds of things stress you out these days?  Bills?  Work?  Family?  We know that chronic stress puts serious wear and tear on our bodies over time, but research is now showing us what chronic stress does to the brain.  This is worth reading because it may explain some of the “brain farts” we all tend to have when feeling stressed out.

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Summertime

The dog days of summer are here, and the longer days of summer allow for much more time outdoors.  I love summer time, but the heat can be a little draining.  I thought I’d check in this evening to share some of what we’ve been up to here.

This is an excellent option for those of you who have kids with EXTRA energy, especially on the days when you have none. Continue reading “Summertime” »

Vitamin Bs, Sleep, Mood

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep?  Are you on antidepressants?  If you’ve ever had trouble with sleep or mood, this is an article you need to read.

Vitamin B is crucial for healthy sleep and mood.  Actually, Vitamin B is a family of vitamins, not just one vitamin.  You pretty much need an optimal balance of the entire family of Vitamin B, but most people don’t get enough of it.   Continue reading “Vitamin Bs, Sleep, Mood” »

Paying Attention

Do your kids listen to you all of the time? Of course not. But sometimes, they tend to listen more than others, and it’s always a nice surprise around here when that happens.

You won’t believe how precisely my daughter listened to my directions at the mall yesterday.  I had taken her to the “jumpy” at the mall, which is her absolute favorite thing to do these days.

Here’s what I said: Continue reading “Paying Attention” »