4 Keys to Raising Smarter Kids

4 Keys to Living Healthy 104x300 4 Keys to Raising Smarter KidsWouldn’t you love to have ‘smarter kids? I don’t mean that in a bad way because all kids are smart. My own grandkids are teaching me about texting, FB and creating videos, etc. What I’m talking about is ability to learn and retain information.

Do they have trouble with math, reading, science? The cause could be out of your control in the school setting (unless you want to become an activist). There are steps you can take at home. Ensure your family is getting the proper sleep, exercise, nutrition, as well as breathing clean air and drinking pure water.

Raising Smarter Kids

  • Sleep is essential for all of us and as adults, we should strive for 7-8 hours. Children – elementary age and below – need 10 hours of sleep and teenagers need 9.
  • Exercise is extremely important. Other than some elementary schools, recess isn’t part of the school day. My mom would chase us outside when I was younger. I used to think we may have been underfoot (there were seven of us). I know better now. TV and computer time need to be limited so the outside can be seen and felt by the kids – play ball, catch, chase. There are all sorts of outdoor games kids can play. Vitamin D is crucial for better health and there’s no better place to get it naturally than the sun. (Learn more about Vitamin D here.)
  • Good nutrition is a must if you want smarter kids. Their and our bodies depend on it. Today’s world makes it incredibly tough for anyone. “40% of calories consumed by U.S. kids between the ages of 2-18 are devoid of nutrients and high in fat and sugar.” Time Magazine – Oct 18, 2010. We absolutely must use food supplements to feed our bodies what we need – it’s no longer an option! Up to 90% of U.S. soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets are now genetically engineered and routinely inserted into human and animal foods with no labels or safety testing. Approximately 80% of current grocery food items contain GMOs. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, the majority of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs come from CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation).
  • Clean air and water are two absolute necessities for better health. Check out the five posts I’ve written previously on household cleaners and how they affect health. You actually have smarter kids when you don’t use certain cleaners. For water, I do recommend a certain pitcher (not Brita or Pur) because it does remove so many of the contaminants that cause health issues.

Childhood illnesses that also affect learning are: ADHD, Allergies, Asthma and Autism – not focused, always sneezing, can’t breathe and in a private world. An excellent book to read – “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies” by Kenneth Bock, MD and Cameron Stauth.

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Email: Virginia@LittleThingsDoMatter.com

“I Specialize in The Little Things that affect our health and well being using a bit of common sense. “Health Matters”.

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Toxic Overload and What To Do

Toxic Overload and What To Do 214x300 Toxic Overload and What To DoToxic overload is a ‘hot’ subject for many in the health industry. Though this book was written in 2005, it is still relevant. There are more chemicals available today that have not been tested for toxicity. These chemicals are in our cleaners. They are in our personal care products. And, they are even in our food supply!

Contrary to popular belief, not all sickness or disease is hereditary. Are you aware that most disease can be prevented? Education is the key to knowledge.

This book is an excellent place to start. It consists of two parts:

I. Beating Toxic Overload

We live in a polluted world. However, there are steps we can take to make it safer and healthier. Let’s start at home. We all want a clean home. Our kids and pets walk and/or crawl on the floors. What chemicals are in those cleaners? What are the warnings? Are they even safe to breathe? What do you use to wash dishes? Did you know the residue stays on the cups, plates and silverware to be ingested later?

What about what may be in your laundry products? That stuff is in the sheets, on the towels, in the clothes we wear. Not only are those chemicals on our skin all day and night, but the fumes are in our noses as well.

Then, there’s the water. Second only to air, it’s important for our survival. It also flushes toxins from our bodies. Do you have a good water purifier? I don’t even buy water because I’m not certain it’s pure. There would be more plastic going into the landfill. That isn’t good for the environment. You can check out what I use to see if it’s something that would benefit your family. The video is an eye-opener.

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II. The Chemical Connection to Chronic Illness

Are you interested in learning more about toxic overload? The overload is because of the chemicals we use or ingest every day? Maybe you know someone who has been affected? Following are the chapter titles only.

  • Immune System Diseases.
  • Neurological Disorders.
  • Digestive Disorders.
  • Hormonal Imbalances.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • Cancer.
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
  • Obesity and Musculoskeletal Disorders.
  • Childhood Disorders.

I hope you will invest in your health and get Toxic Overload for yourself and even as a gift for a loved one. It could make a huge impact.

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Virginia Wright’s Blog
Email: Virginia@LittleThingsDoMatter.com

“I Specialize in The Little Things that affect our health and well being using a bit of common sense. “Health Matters”.

PS. Did you find Toxic Overload and What To Do helpful? Let me know how in the comments below.

PPS. I recommend Toxic Overload by Paula Baille-Hamilton, M.D., PhD. to anyone concerned about their health and learning how they can prevent disease. Please share this post with those you care about. Together we can help more people and create a healthier environment. 

Steps To Create Healthy Habits That Stick

Steps To Create Healthy Habits That Stick 300x217 Steps To Create Healthy Habits That StickCreating healthy habits sounds easy, doesn’t it? I suppose it is if you’re taught them as a child. Many of us learned about brushing our teeth properly. Good, healthy habit, right?

Then, we grew up, got out on our own and decided to do things our way. Not saying we gave up brushing our teeth. However, it’s easy enough to get in the habit of eating at fast food places.

Always Keeping Dogs Healthy

Are Your Dogs Safe 300x152 Always Keeping Dogs HealthyKeeping dogs healthy was not something I understood as a child. I did know they needed food, water and lots of love and playing. Dogs have been a part of my life since I was a young child. Mom knew if she saw me, a dog was close by. Strays would follow me. One of my dreams was to own my own kennel. 

Foodborne Diseases

Foodborne Diseases 1 300x268 Foodborne DiseasesRead an interesting article titled ‘Foodborne Diseases‘. It’s in the June issue of National Geographic. Did you know one in six Americans get sick from food poisoning?

- An estimated 48 million Americans get sick,
- 128,000 are hospitalized, and
- 3,000 die!

According to the article, there are five places our food can become tainted:

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Health Benefits of Watermelon 1 300x255 Health Benefits of WatermelonWatermelon weekend is here! It’s also another fruit we’ve planted in our yard. What I didn’t know was all the health benefits associated with it.

On a hot day, if refrigerated, watermelon is one of the best fruits on the planet. By nature, it’s full of water (92%) and natural sugar. Add to that, it’s low on calories and high in Vitamin C.

It’s one food most kids will eat. icon smile Health Benefits of Watermelon Take it as a treat on your next trip to the beach or a picnic.