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How to Maximize the Benefits of Anti-Aging Nutrition

Antiaging nutrition has become a very popular subject in today's world, as more and more products are offered on the market to help fight aging. When one thinks of the benefits that can be had from using an antiaging nutrition formula, it makes sense why they would want to look into using it. There are a few things that you can do to ensure you are gaining every benefit possible when using antiaging nutrition.

If your antiaging nutrition vitamin does not offer the nutrients you need for your body most, there is a lot of benefit lost.

Exercise

Exercising your body on a regular basis will help to promote strength, agility and stamina on its own, but coupled with the right antiaging nutrition vitamin, you can double the benefits as opposed to using just one technique alone. Even making sporadic attempts to exercise will help to boost the benefits of your antiaging nutrition, but to achieve the maximum benefit, it is important to put yourself on an exercise regiment that you can stick with. If you aren't used to a lot of exercise, start slow and progress as you go. If you push yourself too hard at first, you will find it hard to keep your exercise regiment.

 

Choose the Right Vitamins

For example, if your body lacks the iron needed to keep yourself as healthy as possible and your antiaging nutrition vitamin lacks iron as well, it is an entire aspect of your health you are missing out on. Because of this, it is important to see a doctor and get a check up to discuss what kind of vitamins will work best for you and provide you with the most benefits.

 

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is something that we are constantly reminded of, even though you can find a fast food stand on just about any corner of your neighborhood. When work and family get in the way of time to cook a healthy meal, these fast food alternatives can offer a tasty and inviting alternative. Eating fast food in moderation isn't something that will affect you to the point of hindering your health, but eating fast food on a regular basis is an invitation for heart disease, oily skin, age lines, and all around bad health.

 

Remember to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, while balancing your diet with meats and carbohydrates. There are both good and bad carbohydrates so despite what many people say, carbohydrates are not always bad for you as long as you know how to distinguish the good from the bad, eat all the carbohydrates you want!

 

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Nutrition for a Healthier Dog

 

More than ever before, owners are paying more attention to what goes in their dogs' food bowls. The question of how and what a dog should be fed is often heatedly debated - premium kibble versus "look-alike" brands from wholesale clubs versus grocery store brands, raw, home-cooked, and fresh frozen. Should supplements be used, or is the food "complete and balanced", as the labels state? Should grains be fed? Should bones be whole or ground? What about herbal supplements, joint supplements, vitamins, and probiotics? What about the special needs of the performance dog, older dog, or growing puppy?

 

The answers to these questions are obviously complex. There are many ways to meet a dog's nutritional needs. For the show and competition dog, we are especially concerned that the diet supports peak physical and mental condition, as well as overall health. Many dogs have sensitive digestive systems, food intolerances, or other health concerns. The senior dog and the family dog who is not very active need good nutrition without extra calories that lead to weight gain. A sound nutritional program will enable all of these dogs live to long and healthy lives.

 

Whatever feeding plan is used, it must fit in the daily routine of the owner. The food chosen must be readily available, and in the case of the competition dog, be able to be easily fed on the road. The food must meet the nutritional needs of the individual dog, and be fed in a way to not provide excessive or deficient amounts of key nutrients. All foods should be clean and fresh, especially kibble that is naturally preserved with tocopherols and or citric acid. Natural preservatives are preferred to chemical preservatives such as BHA or BHT, but naturally preserved food that is stored too long may become rancid or moldy, as well as losing its nutritional value.

 

The vast majority of dogs in this country, whether family companions or competition/working dogs, are fed some type of commercial food. For the purposes of this article, commercial food will be divided into three categories: standard or grocery store foods, premium or pet store foods, and super-premium foods. The best way to understand the differences in these foods is to review the ingredients of a representative of each food category. (Food examples were chosen based on nationwide advertising and availability.)

 

Top 5 ingredients of common dog foods

Standard Food,Kibbles 'n Bits®:Corn,Soybean meal,Ground wheat,Beef & bone meal,Animal fat*

Premium Food, Nutro Max Adult:Chicken Meal,Wheat Flour,Rice Bran,Ground Whole Wheat,Poultry Fat**

®Super-Premium Food,Wellness Super5 Chicken®:Deboned Chicken,Ground Barley,Oatmeal,Rye Flour,Menhaden Fish Meal

*BHA and citric acid used as preservatives

**Preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E

 

As you can see from these examples, the proportion of meat in the top 5 ingredients (listed in order of amount, i.e. the first ingredient is present in the largest amount) is small in the standard grocery store food. The meat source, beef and bone meal, is defined as a rendered product made from beef parts which are not suitable for human consumption. Rendering is the process by which waste products are broken down to be used in, among other things, dog food.

 

Rendering companies typically collect waste from slaughterhouses, dead livestock, restaurant and grocery store wastes, and in some areas, euthanized animals (livestock and in some areas, pets). The collected animals and waste are then sprayed or injected with carbolic acid or similar chemicals to break down the proteins. This is followed by grinding and cooking. Fat is separated out, and the remaining material is dried to produce meal. What do you think the nutritional quality of this meat and bone meal is?

 

The premium quality food lists chicken meal as the first ingredient. While it is a more specific type of meal, and likely of higher quality, it is still a rendered product. Also, two varieties of wheat are listed, a technique known as "splitting" in labeling jargon. It cannot be determined from the label whether the food contains more chicken meal or wheat. A big advantage the premium food offers is the use of tocopherols for preservation of the chicken fat, rather than the suspected carcinogen BHA.

 

The super-premium food protein source is whole, unrendered meat, meaning muscle with or without organ meat and associated structures. This product contains fish meal as the fifth ingredient, which is defined as "clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and/or fish cuttings, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." The super-premium food also contains three types of grains, of types not commonly found in most dog foods. With wheat implicated in many food allergies and intolerances, it is advantageous to use other grains if possible, even if they cost more than wheat or corn.

 

After learning what is really in commercial dog foods, you may be wondering what you have been putting in your best friend's bowl! You thought you were getting the best food possible when you paid for an expensive brand, only to find out it is mostly grains. You are probably wondering if you have used a food that contains rendered euthanized animals, including dogs and cats. Two studies performed by the US Food & Drug Administration demonstrated the presence of the euthanasia drug sodium pentobarbital in many commercial dog foods, including premium brands. (Read about these studies in Foods Pets Die For, by Ann Martin) You may be considering the possibility that some of your dog's health issues could be food related. Most of all, you are probably wondering what commercial foods can meet your dog's nutritional needs in a wholesome way.

 

Fortunately, as more people learn about commercial foods, the demand for super-premium quality dog foods has increased, and more options are available today than ever before. It is now possible to find non-meal protein sources, grain free foods, and foods that use all human grade ingredients. With some research and careful label reading, you can find foods you can be comfortable feeding. With some companies offering delivery to your home, getting the highest quality food available has become easier, regardless of your location.

 

In response to learning what may be contained in dog food, many owners have turned to home-prepared diets. Feeding so-called "natural" diets is becoming commonplace in the world of the canine competition. Advocates of natural diets are often very enthusiastic about the merits of feeding real food to their dogs. Commonly cited benefits of a natural diet include reduction of allergies, better coats, stronger immune systems, and fewer gastrointestinal problems.

 

Many other feeding plans exist, and incorporate concepts from the Volhard and Billinghurst diets. Several companies are producing premixes and meats designed for inclusion in these plans, eliminating some of the work involved in feeding a natural diet. Finding recipes for feeding plans has never been easier, as there are many books, seminars, and internet resources available. Although it is becoming easier to feed a natural diet, it can still be time consuming and require extra work. It requires an investment of time to become educated about your dog's nutritional needs. You must find a source for clean and fresh meats and other ingredients, and have the freezer space to store them. Depending on the diet plan you choose, you may need to grind or blanch vegetables or prepare cereal meals. You will also need to monitor your dog's health with regular veterinary check-ups and blood testing.

 

Many veterinarians and owners object to a natural diet. They are concerned that the raw meat may be contaminated with bacteria and cause infection in dogs or people, and that raw bones may perforate the digestive tract. They are worried that the diet is not completely balanced, as a kibble meal would be. Since the advent of commercial dog foods, we have been lectured about the evils of giving our dogs "human" food, as that would unbalance the diet. How can we possibly consider feeding a dog a completely "human" food diet, and how can it supply all the nutrition the dog needs?

 

Raw meats inevitably contain a large bacterial load. These bacteria can be dangerous to humans, so practicing good food hygiene is important, whether preparing your dinner or your dog's. However, a dog's digestive system is designed to handle bacteria that would be life threatening to a person. Bacteria are everywhere. If he couldn't handle large bacterial loads, your dog would surely die from chewing on sticks, licking his feet after walking in dirty areas, or scavenging discarded foods from the trashcan.

 

The risk that raw bones may perforate the digestive tract is small, but theoretically possible. Cooked bones are far more likely to splinter, and do pose a real risk. Appropriately sized raw bones, especially non-weight bearing bones such as poultry necks, can be thoroughly chewed by most dogs and tend to be crushed by chewing. Large bones such as beef thigh bone (femur) are large enough to not be splintered. You may have seen them sold in pet stores, plain or coated with a flavoring. Of course any dog that is an enthusiastic chewer should be supervised while chewing meaty bones.

 

The dog food industry has long fostered the belief that each meal we feed our dogs must be completely balanced. Meeting your dog's nutritional needs for the basic nutrients - protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals - is the very definition of a complete diet. However, the body possesses the ability to store some nutrients, a "buffer", making it unnecessary to eat a 24-hour supply of every nutrient every day. In fact, the Volhard diet is fed in 7 days cycles, taking advantage of the body's ability to store nutrients and allowing the digestive system to rest one day of the cycle. Do you eat a perfectly balanced diet each day?

 

Deciding what to feed your dog is not a simple decision. The more you learn about commercial foods, the more selective you will become. Fortunately, more high quality kibble foods, which approach the quality of well-managed natural diets, are readily available. Premixes that make feeding and traveling with a natural diet easier are also available. Feeding a natural diet is becoming more common and accepted, especially among owners of competition dogs. Whether you choose to feed your dog fresh or kibbled food, you have several excellent feeding plans to choose from.

 

Please visit CompetitiveCanineCare.com and CanineWellnessCenter.com for more info, recommendations, or to order the products we use for our own dogs!

Dr. Laurie S. Coger, a Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner, and Reiki Practitioner, is a graduate of Cornell University's Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture & Life Sciences. She has a broadly based scientific education, with a special interest in nutrition. She is a frequent speaker at animal interest events and contributing editor for The Australian Shepherd Journal. A book discussing her approach to natural dog care is underway.

 

Dieting and Nutrition

Dieting and Nutrition

For the purpose of getting a perfect body shape, dieting is becoming a common phenomenon for most of the fatty people in the world. Dieting is basically the reducing of the daily diet so that body will have to use the stored calories and the fat in the body will come to decrease. It may be found that dieting is becoming a very popular process, but there are the other needs of the body which should not be ignored other wise dieting may cause some very harmful things. If the body stops getting food from outside, it starts to use the internal fat, but vitamins, minerals and other nutrition elements are not stored in the body so there is a regular need of the body for such elements.

 

There are many feeding plans that fall under the general description of a "natural" diet. Perhaps the best known is the "Bones And Raw Food" diet designed by Dr. Ian Billinghurst. The core of this plan is the raw meaty bone, most commonly poultry necks, backs, and wings. Other pioneers of natural feeding such as Wendy Volhard and Dr. Kerry Brown advocate use of raw meats and vegetables, as well as a grain/cereal meal. Their feeding plan is one of the few that has been shown to meet or exceed the minimum daily requirement of all known nutrients, and was tested on dogs in all life stages for 12 years before being published.

 

Dieting needs to be a completely careful procedure as there are needed the foods, which makes the body strong enough to bear the load of dieting. In dieting, it is never suggested to stop the food, but to reduce the total amount of the calories you take every day. For it, main target is to keep the food very low calorie and the supplements should be given to the body in regular types, as there are fruits and vegetables, which have very low amount of the calorie but are rich in nutrition products. Dieting is basically the concept to balance the diet but it is assumed to have the meaning of no food or the low food concept. Balancing the diet needs to have proper orientation of the all requirements of the body, whether there is the common body needs or the individual ones.

 

There have been some cases when dieting has caused many problems to the people, in case they start dieting without the knowledge and suggestion. Every body is a different one so it needs to have some of the proper supplements, which are the individual, needs. In case you have some disease or the nutrition problem you have to be aware before starting the dieting that you must have the suggestion of the nutrition or the doctor, as there are the dieting balance charts, which can help for a person to make his own balance in diet and get better results.

 

Most of the time dieting has the reason of the lowering the fat so the carbohydrate and starch should be lowered but others things, which do not contain much of the calories, should not be avoided and be taken in enough. Balance charts make one aware of the food that is being taken, and the results are pre-oriented for the targets. Balance charts also give the right choice for the food what should be taken or not. Dieting is the good step when the incoming of the food is harming the body but it should be carefully managed or it may be harmful for the body.

 

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The Importance Of Nutrition

 

The road to a healthy lifestyle is through the proper amount of nutrition. An imbalance of such may cause poor health, fatigue and a weakened immune system. In order to have the well-balanced nutrients needed to maintain health, individuals must have amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, sugars, etc. In addition to everyday well-being, nutrition plays a very important role in sports performance. The reason is because the proper amount of nutrition improves strength, energy and agility.

 

Some experts believe that nutrition may also be linked to longevity. Common sense tells us that the healthier we are, the stronger our immune system becomes and the less likely we are to contract certain illnesses. This does not mean that likelihood of certain diseases is erased, but our bodies may be better able to fight against them with the proper amount of nutrition and a healthy immune system.

 

Individuals can learn of nutritional ingredients by reading the outside packaging of any food before they purchase it. Many people read labels in order to learn about a food's nutritional value and whether or not it will be an acceptable part of their current diet. Others, who are not on a diet, prefer to read nutrition labels in order to carefully watch what they eat in hopes of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Just as it is important to have nutrition in our lives, it is equally important that we not consume too much of any one nutrient.

 

As the old adage suggests, "too much of a good thing is not good." An excess amount of certain nutrients, just as a deficiency of the same, can create hormonal variations. In addition, certain vitamins can be dangerous if consumed in large quantities. The best way to ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrition in your diet is to check with a professional, who can assess your current medical condition and recommend a way to increase your immune system without harming it in the process.

 

It is important to learn about nutrition as early as possible, which is why most schools incorporate this subject into their academic curriculum. Today, students of all ages are introduced to the importance of nutrition in a healthy lifestyle and how the lack thereof may result in serious health problems, including psychological disorders, certain types of cancer and other ill effects.

 

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Anyone with questions surrounding their nutrition intake or suggestions on a well-balanced diet should visit a licensed dietician for additional information and recommendations.

 

Daphne is a Writer, Business Owner, Motivator and Self-Starter and full-time Mom. She enjoys writing articles about small businesses and family and tries to motivate other women with the same desire. She can be reached at 1-877-TOY-DIVA http://www.daphnespassion.com

 

Weight Loss And The Proper Nutrition.

 

Approaching the matter of nutrition and weight loss, we have to emphasize the two basic issues that nutrition itself is a culture of eating proper food in a proper manner. Let's start with the first, proper food. All cells and tissues in our body are formed by the food we eat. And also food is the energy source for our body functions. So, this can explain why proper food is so important.Food is one of our strongest motivators. And unfortunately, most of us consider food to be a source of pleasure only!

 

Our bodies are not fixed statues - they are always in process, which we call metabolism. Perception, memory and all the intricate complexities of bodily functions are possible because of having or producing enzymes, hormones and a thousand other wonders - that are produced in the body from what we eat.As a source of energy our body uses carbohydrates (sweets), fat and protein. To be more specific, carbohydrates are the source of immediate energy, proteins are the body building blocks, and fats are the high-energy storage. But these roles sometimes overlap.

 

And faulty nutrition is the usual cause of illness!

At the same time, with correct choices we can prevent many food-related diseases such as heart attack (!), stroke, essential hypertension, diabetes and - even cancer!

 

More than a century ago, Ellen G. White, in "Counsels on Diet and Foods", shared her observation: "At mealtime cast off care and anxious thought. Do not feel hurried, but eat slowly and with cheerfulness, with your heart filled with gratitude to God for all His blessings". Isn't it wonderful?

 

Just let me share with you part of our experience with nutrition and weight loss. If you haven't had any previous experience of following the simple principles I suggested when discussing how to reduce the amount of daily food, you might find them difficult to follow, but this is just on the face of it. In reality it is much easier than it seems! And I promise, I'll teach you how to master it. Because this issue of how to practice eating habits is essentially an important one!

 

The same food or eating process itself can bring you joy and fullness of life, or, on the other hand, if taken wrongly, can cause considerable damage to your health and even shorten your life!

 

How does overeating or eating the wrong food cause harm? The answer is: whatever food that our organism is not able to digest normally, becomes poisonous to us. Thus any poison will shorten our life!

 

This is the reason, why I suggest that my clients practice this: before starting to eat, gently close your eyes for a few moments, forget all your problems for a while and give yourself a smile! And then you can start eating.Another recommendation is this: when eating, try to keep your eyes gently closed (or just turn your eyes away from the served food), while slowly chewing a small portion of food in your mouth.

 

Believe me, this process will bring you much more flavor, and benefits at the same time. Because just by doing this small thing you will lessen the portion of consumed meal by three to five times!!! (As I have already mentioned)

 

I would emphasize the importance of taking time to eat. When eating, if possible, make it a social occasion to communicate with your family or with your friends. But! (Always, there are some "buts"). If you decide to improve your eating habits, see if the company would be appropriate at this time, especially at the beginning. For this reason, it is better at first to have all the changes stabilized, so that you can resist any temptations...

 

But even when in difficult situations, we should never compromise basic principles of good nutrition. Always watch what you eat or drink!!! A well mannered person will know how to do this without compromising friendly relationships.As we do this, we will have the added benefits of alertness, clear thinking, and a perception that is fully aware of life's joyful events. But real joy comes from facing reality and patiently dealing with whatever life has to offer. If we take time to learn what is good for us and make a serious effort to put it into practice, we can expect to be rewarded with extra energy and a longer and happier life!

 

Let's take a look at sweets. Which are conglomerates of simple sugars, most important of which is glucose. This simple sugar is the supplier of the most bodily energy. Penetrating into the blood stream it meets the constant need of all the cells. Due to insulin, glucose is able to pass through the cell membrane and become available for use.

 

At the same time, our bodies are capable of properly handling only a limited amount of simple sugars in a given period of time. When exceeded (if we eat too many sweets), the pancreas is forced to work overtime producing insulin for converting excess sugar into fat.

Small amounts of sugar will not do this, but we must remember that there is hidden sugar in most processed food and drinks. And this is the problem - we usually eat far more sweets than our pancreas can cope with!

 

Let's see how we can avoid this problem. When we plan our diet we should give preference to the natural source of sweets, like fruits, then wheat, rice, potatoes, beans, and other starch-containing foods. Because these vegetable foods require quite a long period of time for to be digested, and simple sugar is released gradually. This allows our body to process this energy in an orderly fashion.

 

Latest scientific researches have revealed that: consuming excessive sugar (too many sweets) can lead to such problems as:

* Constipation.

* Causing dental caries by providing an ideal culture medium in the mouth, and by slowing down the internal fluid circulation in the teeth.

* Depression of the immune system, by interfering with the germ-killing capacity of white blood cells.

* Promotion of adult-onset diabetes.

Now we come to the practical application of the above for the weight loss. With the exception of some fruits the ideal diet will include only a minimal amount of sugar, and provide an abundance of complex carbohydrates such as those found in vegetables and whole-grain pasta.

 

Alexander Grigor is an author of the unique Christian-based natural weight loss system called "WOW! Program". Visit his web site at http://www.wow-weightloss.com to find out how you can use a mighty power of Faith combined with healing gymnastics to get rid of excess weight and keep it off.

Multi-Vitamin Products Act As Nutrition Supplement

The majority of multi-vitamin products offer a one tablet daily recommendation. Usually taken after a meal and with a glass of water, multi-vitamins offer a nutritional supplement for individuals who want to get their daily dose of nutrition in the convenience of one little tablet. These products are widely available and are commonly located at most retail grocery stores, drug stores and online specialty shops.

 

Separate from many medication requirements, an individual does not necessarily need to have a full stomach before taking a multi-vitamin nutritional supplement. Most do, however, recommend that one tablet be taken after a meal. Depending on the ingredients, some multi-vitamins may need to be taken just before a meal or even on an empty stomach.

 

The most effective way to begin a multi-vitamin nutritional regimen is to schedule a certain time each day in which to take a tablet. If done on a regular schedule, individuals are much more likely to stay with their routine, as opposed to those who decide to take vitamins at random times every day.

 

The children with fish oil supplements showed remarkable improvements in attentiveness and other attributes. Academic results were much better with better scores in reading, spelling, mathematics and other skills. No such improvements were seen in children given the placebo. Thus Omega 3 rich supplements such as fish oil could be a solution to help children with ADHD. Some researchers feel babies who are breast-fed have a lower chance of developing ADHD later because it is rich in Omega 3.

 

When taking any type of a nutrition supplement, consumers are urged to read the packaging thoroughly. This includes any directions for use, warnings and/or cautionary measures that should be taken. Another important part of a multi-vitamin nutritional supplement is the expiration date, which should be checked before purchase. If an individual were to consume expired vitamins, he/she could suffer ill effects and may even require hospitalization.

 

In general, expiration is found on the outside packaging or on the bottom of the bottle.Some individuals suffer from anxiety when it comes to swallowing any type of pill, whether it is large or small. Vitamins are designed to be slick and should be easy to swallow, but nerves often prevent this from being the case. For those who have real difficulties in swallowing vitamins, it may be a good idea to select the smallest tablets possible. It can sometimes be difficult to tell from the outside packaging, but the smallest tablets are generally in a smaller bottle. In addition, a clear bottle will reveal the size of the tablet just by taking a close look.

 

This article is to be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as professional medical advice. It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, a doctor or dietician's recommendation. Prior to beginning any nutritional program, individuals should consult with their physician.

 

Daphne is a Writer, Business Owner, Motivator and Self-Starter and full-time Mom. She enjoys writing articles about small businesses and family and tries to motivate other women with the same desire. She can be reached at 1-877-TOY-DIVA http://www.daphnespassion.com

ADHD and Nutrition

It is startling to know that 3 to 7 percent of children in the US suffer from ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This means it affects over 2 million children in America, that is, one in every class of 25 would have ADHD. This condition is usually diagnosed in the pre-school and early school years. Children with these symptoms are unusually fidgety and restless.

 

They may have problems paying attention in school, waiting in lines or taking turns. Some children may express this in their aggression. ADHD is usually diagnosed more in boys that girls, but that could be because girls tend to be quieter and less aggressive than boys. In girls it could manifest itself as talkativeness rather than aggression.

 

ADHD Definition

The U.S. Surgeon General has defined ADHD as a metabolic form of encephalopathy. The disease weakens the release and homeostasis of neurological chemicals, reducing the function of the limbic system. Other relevant research however points out that some part of the brain could be involved. These are the frontal lobes, their connections to the basal ganglia, the central aspects of the cerebellum and the middle or medial aspect of the frontal lobe.

 

ADHD into Adulthood

Four types of ADHD types have been recognized. These are the Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined Type of ADHD (hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive) and ADHD Not Otherwise Specified. As a person gets older, the symptoms of ADHD could reduce, but many children diagnosed with ADHD retain this disorder into adulthood too. It is then known as Adult Attention-Deficit Disorder or AADD. In adults, it manifests itself in the need to be physically busy all time, excessive talking, interrupting others, risk taking, speaking out without regard to the consequences and even daydreaming.

 

Causes of ADHD

The research into the causes of ADHD has thrown up a number of issues. Primarily it seems that both genetic and environmental factors play a role in ADHD. Significantly, research has shown that many critical food deficiencies could cause the problem. These could be as varied as deficiency of essential omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, iron and even zinc.

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 deficiency may lead to behavioral problems that are linked with ADHD. Some children with ADHD show other symptoms connected with Omega 3 deficiency, such as dry skin and hair, thirst and even frequent urination. A trial in supplementing Omega 3 in children with ADHD revealed some surprising results. Over a period of time, fish oil supplements were given to a group of children and a placebo to another set.

 

Food and Environmental Allergies

Children with ADHD may also be more likely to suffer from food allergies. They could be losing vital vitamins, iron and even zinc because of their allergy to dairy products, wheat, corn, yeast, soy, citrus, eggs, chocolate, peanuts and artificial colors and preservatives. It has been seen that children with ADHD lose zinc when exposed to a food dye. In a study that eliminated these allergens in the diet of some children, the majority of the children showed lower levels of hyperactivity. Once these were added back to diet, the problems associated with ADHD once again returned.

 

Dietary Deficiencies

Research has also shown that iron levels are low in children suffering from ADHD. The children's serum ferritin levels were measured to determine their iron status. It was seen that one-third of the ADHD children had a very low range of iron levels. It was noticed that the lower the iron levels, the higher the severity of the ADHD symptoms. The researchers concluded that low iron stores might explain some ADHD cases. Iron supplements could be given but proper testing is required before doing so, because excess iron stored in the body can cause several other problems.

 

Supplements of zinc and zinc sulphate have proved successful in small trials. But more results are awaited. However in the mean time, a good idea would be to remove additives from the diet along with all foods that the child could be allergic to. This could improve the absorption of natural zinc present in foods. Vitamin C could also be supplemented, because sometimes it is not easily absorbed from natural foods. However, once again it might be good idea to remove additives and allergy-causing foods from the diet. This would result in better Vitamin C absorption.

 

Drug Interactions Most ADHD children are on some prescribed drug or the other. Should drug interactions with dietary supplements be a concern? Generally, mixing supplements at low levels with drugs does not produce side effects but it is worth checking with your doctor just in case. Most research indicates that a balanced diet rich in omega 3, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, free from toxins, would be beneficial to children suffering from ADHD.

 

References: 1. Physiology and Behavior, 1996 9: 915-920 2. 59th annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Bellanti et al. 3. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, December 2004;158:1113-1115

 

Iris is a Canadian trained physician who has been involved in the nutritional world for over 15 years and has a major interest in traditional Chinese medicine. Iris currently works as a medical advisor to Mitamins, the custom made online supplements company.

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Calcium Magnesium Iron - Below are listed some foods that are containing ingredients of healthy nutrition. Berries are incredible antioxidants Ah, the sweet taste of fresh berries! Berries are actually good for you and contain plant nutrients called anthocyanidins. Some of these have high levels of resveratrol, which helps fight heart disease and cancer.

Calories Don't Matter - Nutritional needs change as a dog ages. Many breeds of dogs enter their senior years at 5-7. Like humans, as dogs' age, their metabolism slows down. Obesity is one of the most common afflictions facing senior dogs. Stiff joints and muscles leave them wanting to run around less.

Well Balanced Meal - A good nutritious diet is a basic requirement for every individual in order to live a healthy life. Today, health is everyone's top priority, which can be ensured only by good nutrition. Here are the ten important reasons as well as steps to prove that you must ensure good nutrition if you are willing to lead a healthy life.

Certified Nutritional Therapist - As you learn more about nutrition you also learn the importance of elimination. What goes in, must come out. Your body is a well oiled machine that takes what it needs from what you feed and eliminates the rest through urine and the bowels.

Chinese Green Tea - Health, energy, and nutrition have become the primary focus in today's society. Everywhere you look there are ads for nutritious foods, energy drinks, buys for the health-conscious shopper. But unfortunately, today's fast paced world leaves very little time for you to devote to yourself, even enough time to exercise.

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Most soccer athletes do not have a clear guide of what to eat to prepare for a soccer match, what to eat after a soccer match and how to maintain a rich high carbohydrate diet. There are nutritional guides that soccer players of all level must and should follow in order to put themselves in a beneficial position before matches.

Healthy Diet - The rise in families substituting a trip to McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc. for a family meal at home is likely one of the causes for the increase in overweight kids, but it is not the only cause. Other factors are also to blame, including an increased time watching TV and playing video games, decreased time in physical activity and unhealthy food choices.

Digital Nutrition Scales - (NC)-Recent research has shown a benefit of certain nutrients in reducing the risk of degenerative diseases of the brain. Antioxidants, such as vitamins E, C, B12 and folic acid have been shown to play an important role in healthy brain functioning.

Essential Amino Acids - A man's health is a very important aspect of his life. To say that "health is wealth" is not only to utter an old, used up mantra, but to mean that for most human beings, staying fit and healthy is parallel to being wealthy, for a person's everyday life is influenced mainly by the state of his mind and body, especially by the presence and absence of certain diseases.

Healthy Nutrition Plans - Are you wondering about how to optimize your protein intake? There are many factors that come into play when choosing sources for protein. Certain proteins are not absorbed well by the body, while other types of protein bring a high fat content with them into the body.

Healthy Saturated Fats - If you went to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings to get sober, you remember the overabundance of coffee and cookies available (not to mention smoke). At OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings you find a number of people who are coming from other 12-step meetings, people who originally treated their alcohol or drug addiction and now find that their eating has become compulsive.

Healthy Weight Pyramid - There are many nutrition supplements at your local health food store. So many to choose from so confusing which ones are the right ones. How many should you take? Here you will learn what you need to take for the best health benefits.

Healthy Nutrition Habits - While many people know that there are benefits to having a good nutritional plan, few regard it as being very important. Many people wonder, why have healthy nutrition? In a world where fast food is quicker, simpler, and sometimes better tasting, its easy to get tempted by what the corporations have to offer us.

Herbal Diet Pill - Real stories are windows into the practical application of orthomolecular nutrition We live in an age where we are constantly being bombarded with conflicting information by people selling us products or services to earn a profit -most of which turn out to be of no value or benefit. In this case, however, you are being made aware of your body's most elemental requirements for health and healing.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements - We are born inherently with the best doctor in the world - our immune system. When the immune system is funtioning proberly, it should serve as a strong defense from most illness. Nutrition and proper care of the body can do wonders for the immune system. Regardless of the condition of our health, our bodies constantly require nutrition.

Liquid Nutritional Supplements - Practicing proper infant nutrition will have life-long effects for your baby, as well as yourself. The very first step towards proper nutrition for your infant is to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. It is important to consider that mother’s milk is the best milk for your baby.

High Glycemic Carbohydrates - Once a child reaches their toddler years, ages 1 to 3, feeding can become a challenge. Developmental changes are occurring at this age. Toddlers are trying to gain independence and control and meals are part of that pattern. Keep in mind that good sense as well as planning will make this transition a smooth one.

High Quality Vitamins - Hair loss is a genetic/hormonal process that can affect both men and women. Hormones that bind to hair follicles can cause an imbalance in the biological processes that cause hair growth. Eventually, excess hormonal action on the follicle causes hair to stop growing and the follicle dies.

Increased Nutrient Needs - Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, "The Iron Guru" Gironda was famous for saying, "Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!" But is this really true or is it just another fitness and bodybuilding myth passed down like gospel without ever being questioned? Which is really more important, nutrition or training? This IS an interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer.

Lose Weight Fact - Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Fad diets often promise quick weight loss or tell you to cut certain foods out of your diet. You may lose weight at first on one of these diets. But diets that strictly limit calories or food choices are hard to follow.

Macro Nutrient Ratios - Most sex problems include loss of sex drive, lack of sex interest (which may differ from the preceding), impotence, premature climax, sterility, damage to the pelvic organs (which may inhibit pleasure and encourage infections), inherent weaknesses in the sex system, diet- or lifestyle-related fatigue, and various other problems.

Proper Dog Nutrition - Proper dog nutrition is not categorized the same for all ages, sizes and breeds. Each breed has it's dietary recommendation as well as the suggested number of feedings per day. These recommendations can also be customized to the size and age group of your dog. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow in order to provide proper dog nutrition with a balanced diet.

Percentage Crude Protein - Proper nutrition is an area of confusion for most people. With all of the conflicting information in the media and all of the fad diets out there, it is hard to know how to eat right. Eating right comes down to eating the proper balance of the three main compounds that make up our food: carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

 

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