Best Foods For Detoxifying

detoxifyingKeeping your body and mouth healthy is not always an easy thing to do. One way to help keep your body healthy is a detoxification.  The benefits of detoxifying your body go beyond just bouncing back after a weekend of unhealthy eating or drinking.  Flushing out the toxins regularly can help to eliminate harmful substances that gradually accumulate in the blood and wreak havoc on the body.  These substances can jeopardize your health from slight issues like bad breath and acne to more serious conditions like depression and cancer.

Besides eating healthy, organic, whole foods, there are some specific foods that are especially good for detoxifying the body.  Here is a list of foods to help keep your body at optimal levels and healthy.

  • Turmeric – One of the main ingredients in this popular spice is called curcumin, which has been found to help the liver detox and decrease inflammation in the body.
  • Garlic – Garlic is a way to remove toxins from the liver and kidneys.  Garlic’s natural substance allicin has healing properties.
  • Dandelion – Dandelion leaves are safe for consumption and are a good source of potassium and iron.  It is known to help stimulate bile production and improve the liver.
  • Greens – Chlorophyll, which is found in green vegetation, may have the ability to prevent cancer causing chemicals from being absorbed in the body.

Best Foods To Detoxify The Body|Natural News

Keep Kids Healthy At School

It’s that time of year again. School is back in and along with the homework that is coming home with your child each day is a lot of germs.  One of yo26008037-multicoloured-pencils-in-a-glassur kids may have already gotten sick since school started.  Germs are easily spread at places like school, first, because there are a lot of kids, but second, because many kids don’t really know how to keep the germs away and how not to spread them.  Here are some things that you can teach your children to help them stay healthy this year at school.

Hand washing is important: Be sure your kids understand how important it is that they wash their hands often. They should know to wash their hands before they eat or touch their nose, mouth or eyes.  They need to wash after going to the bathroom or blowing their nose, and after playing outside. Many kids don’t like washing their hands because they look at it as a chore.  Make hand washing fun by singing or reciting a nursery rhyme while they wash.

Teach them the correct way to sneeze and cough: Teach your children the importance of using a tissue to cover their sneeze or cough.  If they can’t find a tissue right away, cough or sneeze into their elbow instead of their hands. After they sneeze or cough they should throw the tissue away and wash their hands.

Don’t share food: It’s good to teach your child to share but when it comes to their food, they are better off eating their own.  Germs can be spread through the sharing of food and drink because, of course, food goes into the mouth.

Healthy eating and exercise: Eating more nutritiously will improve your child’s overall health and immune system.  This will help them from getting sick. Children need exercise to stay healthy. Think of ways to become more active as a family.  Encourage them to ride their bike, play tag, or another game outside.  If it’s too cold, consider going to a school or church gym for a game of basket ball.

Send them to school with their own water bottle: Water fountains are covered in germs.  If the teacher allows it, a good idea is to send your child with his/her own water bottle to reduce their need for using the fountain.

Vaccinations: Keep your child up to date on his/her vaccinations.  It is important for them to build up an immunity to some of the illnesses that will most likely come through the school throughout the year, such as the flu.

Vitamins: Daily vitamins help keep your child healthy and strong.  Kids can be picky eaters and they don’t always get all the vitamins they need through the foods they eat. You can even find chewy, gummy vitamins that most kids enjoy.

Get enough sleep: Your children’s sleep is very important in keeping them healthy and their immune system well. Getting your kids to go to bed can be a battle, but it’s worth the effort.  Start early and have a consistent bed time routine to make it easier.

Keep them home if sick: Lastly, if your child does get sick, keep them home from school.  You don’t want to spread the germs to other children. This is one reason so many sicknesses are spread through the schools each year, because parents send their children to school sick. Most schools recommend students stay home at least 24 hours after a fever.

How To Help Your Child Stay Healthy At School | 1 Dental

Healthy Eating for Cheap

29452803-berriesEating healthy isn’t always easy.  Especially if you are trying to eat on a budget.  Healthier foods can sometimes cost more and it makes it difficult to ensure the quality of what we eat. But solutions do exist.  In an article from Eat Well 101, they list 8 ways for healthy eating, cheap. One tip is to eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day.  Another idea is to stay away from frozen meals.  This will save money and also save you from eating the processed and high sodium foods.  To see all 8 tips from Eat Well 101, read the article here: Healthy Eating for Cheap – Cheap Healthy Meals – Guides to Healthy Eating — Eat Well 101.

Back to School and Healthy Dental Habits

With the new school year arriving, you and your child’s daily schedule has probably changed quite a bit. When life gets more hectic, it is harder to keep14744884-portrait-of-a-stressed-young-student-with-a-pile-of-books-to-read track of what your children are doing and if they are following healthy dental habits.

That’s why it’s important to put systems in place now that ensure that your children will maintain great oral health even as their schedules fill up. One thing that you can do to get healthy habits started is to plan healthy lunches for school.  A person’s diet plays a huge part in the health of their teeth. Make sure that you pack their lunches with plenty of healthy choices that are also low in sugar.

Another thing that you can do is to stock up on dental supplies. You don’t want to run out of the important things like floss, toothpaste, brushes and mouthwash during school time.  Make it fun by letting your kids pick out several toothbrushes, floss flavors and toothpaste varieties all at once and then keep them handy so they are easy to grab when needed.

Lastly, you can incorporate some kind of a rewards program for your children if they are caring for their teeth properly. Brushing and flossing are not most kids’ favorite things to do and many children work well when they have something to look forward to. It can be anything as simple as an extra 15 minutes of game play or even a half hour to spend with mom or dad doing something they choose.

New School Year, New Healthy Dental Habits | MKD Dentistry

Can Being Happy Keep You Healthy?

A field of science known as psyconeuroimmunology, or PNI, studies the interaction between your mind, brain and immune system.  For the last 50 ye20110714-close-up-portrait-of-laughing-teen-in-spring-birch-grovears, researchers have been studying the relationship between these three things to see if happiness makes you healthy.

One thing that we do know is that stress tends to make us sick. PNI research shows that emotional states such as stress, fear or anger release hormones into our bodies that send the “fight or flight” signal instead of the resting and repair.  So this is how our bodies can become sick because it’s not doing its job to fight off unwanted things.

It would make sense that since our body releases immune suppressing hormones when we feel stressed or worried they also have the ability to release immune boosting hormones when you feel happy or relaxed.  This includes serotonin, dopamine, relaxin and oxytocin.  When these hormones are in the blood stream they send signals to your body to make more immune cells which helps to keep our bodies healthy.

Now that you know that managing emotions is a powerful way to boost the immune system, what are you going to do today to make your life happier and more relaxing?  Go ahead and goof off today, even if it’s just for five minutes!

How Happiness Makes You Healthy | Livestrong