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kids-playingToo much time spent watching TV and playing on their tablets instead of exercising may be damaging to our children’s health, according to new information from researchers at the University of Finland’s Institute of Biomedicine.

Using data from the ongoing physical activity and nutrition in children (PANIC) study initiated in 2007, scientists found that low levels of physical activity combined with heavy electronic media use translates to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and certain vascular diseases in young children. Not only that, but even in kids who were more physically active, more time spent engrossed in electronics was found to have adverse health effects. Poor eating habits were also linked to increased diabetes risk.

In type 2 diabetes the body fails to use insulin properly, resulting in high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Because new research shows children as young as four years old have been found to have blood sugar problems (a precursor to type 2 diabetes), parents are encourage to teach kids about nutrition, healthy eating habits, and the importance of physical activity and a healthy body weight. Here are four simple things you can do every day:

  1. Set the example. When your kids see you making healthier choices, they will want to do the same. Keep junk food out of the house, and encourage healthy snacking on low-sugar fruits, non-starchy veggies, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats and lean protein. Most importantly, get rid of sugar! Your kids don’t need it, and neither do you.
  2. Make exercise a priority. Research shows regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.i CDC guidelines call for 60 minutes or more of physical exercise daily for children and adolescents, so let’s get active!
  3. Set limits on TV & electronic media time. A recent Kaiser Foundation study found that kids and teens between the ages of 8 and 18 spend more than seven hours a day using electronic media.ii Instead of giving kids free reign over how much time they spend in front of the tube, surfing the web, or tapping away on their tablets or cell phones, establish some solid ground rules and stick to them.

Make healthy snacking simple. At the beginning of each week, cut up plenty of fruits and veggies and keep kid-size portions in the fridge for easy snacking. The same goes for good protein sources such as turkey slices, nuts and nut butters, and low-fat plain Greek yogurt, since protein is important for growing bodies and will help keep your child’s appetite satisfied throughout the day.

i http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/facts.htm

ii http://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/8010.pdf

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pillsandleavesSummer is almost here! The weather is warm, the kids will soon be out of school, and vacation is calling. But camping trips to cruises, all summer travels have one thing in common: they can do a number on your insides—from occasional constipation to an unexpected bout of heartburn or indigestion. Before you hit the road, here are three must-have supplements that can help safeguard your digestive system and ease your journey.‡

  1. Don’t forget the Probiotics
    Changes in your daily routine (including travel) can upset the healthy balance of bacteria in your digestive tract, which may lead to tummy troubles and occasional constipation. A daily, shelf-stable probiotic is perfect for travel and can help maintain a healthy internal balance to support good digestion and regular elimination.‡ In addition, because up to 80% of your immune system is found in the gut, probiotics supplements help make sure there are plenty of good bacteria to support healthy immune function away from home.‡
  2. Natural Heartburn Relief On the Go
    Something about being on vacation makes us feel a little braver than usual, and that includes trying new foods! If your adventurous side experiences occasional heartburn or indigestion, make sure your carry-on includes a daily digestive enzyme supplement to ensure more complete digestion and help relieve occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.‡ And for fast-acting, soothing relief from occasional heartburn, try a natural oral spray with soothing botanicals and herbal extracts.‡
  3. Daily Detox
    No matter where you travel—even if your vacation is a “staycation”—your body is exposed to an overwhelming number of toxins every day. They are in the air you breathe, in your food and water, and even in many of your personal care products such as sunscreen. A natural total-body daily detox formula made with gentle whole herbs and nutraceuticals helps support your natural cleansing channels—including the lungs, liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood and bowel (or colon) to promote healthy digestion, detoxification and elimination.‡

And one more tip: when we’re on the go, we sometimes forget to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of purified water (at least half your body weight in ounces daily) is important for regular bowel elimination, but it also nourishes your body’s cells and tissues and even helps with appetite control. Happy (and healthy) travels!

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