About healthyyoungsters

I am a registered Reflexologist in S Africa. I have done a lot of research and studies on healthy eating for kids / teens & hormones related to food intake etc. I felt that people out there really have no idea how important food is - and the quality that we give to our children. What we put in our children - the cells can work with as the body grows - it cannot 'create' healthy cells for growth - if we keep giving 'bad' fuel.

Sports injuries & children

If you have read my previous post on energy drinks or even the post before that on sugar – you might have a good understanding on what the body needs to keep going and growing.

Our muscles and tendons are made up of ‘sheaths’ of skin arranged in a certain way for movement.  When we exercise and ‘stretch’ our physical body, it tears a little (and sometimes in order to grow).  I am sure many of you have experienced it at one time or another 🙂 Lactic acid goes in between the tears or rips and then inflames and that is what we feel when we have stiff muscles.  It is a process that is needed to grow the muscles and make it flexible.  The difference comes in on how much minerals have we stored up in our system to help the healing crisis.

We need a good supply of magnessium & potassium (and underlying all that – calcium).  When we have enough Mag & Pot stored then our muscles get ‘fed’ and the inflammation eases and the muscles can grow.  If we are lacking in the minerals department in our system – because of bad quality food or high sugar intake (which rubs out the minerals that are stored) – then the muscles takes longer to heal and when exerted again – hurts even more until it becomes chronic and you (or your child) cannot continue playing sports for a while until it has healed completely.

Now if you (or your child’s) body has a good supply of minerals – then the healing will be quick (and healthy) – because the muscles is becoming more flexible healthily and can take the ‘strain’ that the body is putting the muscle under.

Now how do we get a good supply of minerals?
As mentioned in my previous posts – a good diet.  Although magnessium is not that easy to get from our food alone, because the quality of out soil is diminimising – and that is where the food will gets its source of magessium.  You can supplement with magnessium very easily.  Magnessium is a ‘muscle feeder’, as well as a muscle relaxant and also thins the blood.  If you travel overseas a lot – instead of taking 1 or half an Asprin to thin the blood – you can supplement with Mag instead.

Potassium comes in watermelon, oranges, sweet peppers and potatoe and many other fruit & veg – a lot of people believe that banana’s are high in potassium – unless they are picked from the tree ripe (which most of the bananas in the shops are not) they do not have such high volumes of potasssium.

Another good source of potassium on a cellular level is apple cider vinegar in a glass of water – although it is a tough one to try and get the kids to drink – but try it for yourself – it alkalines you as well as a good source of potassium.

Happy living

🙂
Stella

Antioxidants – nature’s brain guard ;-D

The world as we know it today is highly polluted, and new generations will have to be increasingly safeguarded against the harmful effects of the chemical age.

You can do this from the inside, with antioxidants, by offsetting free radicals which damage cells.  Oxidants are made every time glucose is ‘burnt up’ for energy inside the cell.  Free radicals can also damage the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, like fatty acids, proteins & phospholipids.  These oxidant compounds are not only created within the body from metabolic processes, they are also breathed into our bodies from car fumes (especially diesel) , cigarette smoke, and ingested through braai & fried foods, etc.  The most important anti-oxidant for protecting the brain against free radicals is Vitamin E.

IMPORTANT ANTI OXIDANTS

Beta Carotene – found in  carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots (soak first), squash & watercress.

Vitamin C – found in broccoli, peppers, kiwi fruit, berries, tomatoes & citrus fruits.

Vitamin E – found in seeds & cold pressed oils, wheat germ, nuts, beans , fish & avocados.

Selenium – found in oysters, Brazil nuts, seeds, molasses, tuna & mushroom.

Glutathione – found in tuna, pulses, nuts, seeds, garlic & onions.

Anthocyanidins – found in berries, cherries, red grapes, beetroot & prunes.

Lipoic Acid – found in potatoes, carrots, yams, beets, spinach & red meat.

Co-enzyme Q10 – found in nuts, seeds, sardines & mackerel.

Keep healthy during the festive season.

🙂

Stella K

 

Energy Drinks

Don’t get tempted in giving your children energy drinks.  Besides that they have high sugar content and colourings, they can contain anything from 46 – 80 mg of caffeine per can, which is as much as a cup of coffee.  No level of caffeine is acceptable for any child.  It is a stimulant (even though mostly used and seemingly the most acceptable one too).  It dehydrates the body and the brain.  Sugar as we know is a ‘no no’ when it is in a refined and concentrated form.  Combine that with a stimulant like caffeine and you have a little ‘duracell’ bunny on your hands.  It produces a false sense of energy.

Energy drinks might look promising, but in the end, they are quiet empty of of real proper nourishment for your child during peak physical and academic performance.  Remember there is no ‘quick fix’ in a bottle or a sachet.  Rather rely on nature’s offerings.  It is only through the basics of sound nutrition, positive mentoring and support, hard work and practice, that children thrive and do their best – physically and academically.

The core values will serve them well and both on and off the field, in and outside the classroom.  What good is it giving the impression that they need something ‘extra’ to perform at their best?  Its a slippery slope that may lead to the use of other performance-enhancing substances.

Be critical when reading labels and consult with natural health orientated medical professional for further advice.

Dont give in to the hype of quick fixes.  Sugar and caffeine are ‘baddies’ when it comes to brain wellness (for children or even adults).

Just something else to keep at the back of your mind … when your child has had sports – or a rugby/soccer game – please do not give them an energy drink, thinking it replenishes the electrolytes that might be depleted.

One of the simplest drinks you can give to your child after sports or a game is some natural grape juice – it replenishes electrolytes and the sugar levels in a healthier way than any energy drink filled with chemicals and unnatural substances.

I hope this has helped many of you for the people that you love so dearly.

🙂

Stella K

Soda’s or Water

Here is a cocktail of trouble; caffeine, mixed with 8 spoons of sugar, topped of with phospohoric acid (a poison that steals away calcium in the body.  

We hardly consider what this does for children (and adults) stomach, colons, and how much brain fog it contributes to as well.  Its called cola, and you better cleaning your dirty coins with it.  In many American states the highway patron carries 2 gallons of Coca Cola in the trunk to remove blood from tar roads after a accident.

Other interesting uses for this soft drink is – 

– It removes grease from clothing

– Can dissolve a nail in 4 days

– Can be used to clean your toilet bowel too.

The citric acid in a cola removes stains from vitreous China.  What a corrosive way to quench you thirst 😀

And lets not forget the huge amounts of sugar found in these soft drinks.  When drinks are labelled as ‘sugar free’ they more than likely have aspartame in it. The methanol (wood alcohol) in aspartame  changes into formaldehyde (used to embalm dead bodies), and then turns to the same acid as that when an ant stings you.

Huge amounts of aspartame can be found to be harmful to the human body – even worse when one starts from an early age, like a diabetic child.

One can endure acute loss of memory because of the contents of aspartame.  Children are particularly at risk with this substance, as it is linked to neurological disorders. 

Dr Russel Blaylock has written;

“Excitotoxins; the taste that kills” – Aspartame excites the brain cells to death.  Original studies show that aspartame triggers brain tumour growth.

The same hazardous status pertains equally to other artificial sweeteners like acesulfame -K – so please be careful when an edible product has the label ‘sugar free’.

Alternative sweeteners can be xylitol or stevia – it takes like sugar but does not put a strain on the pancreas and also does not kill your brain cells.

Most children (and adults too) are chronically  dehydrated, and mistake thirst for hunger.  Even mild dehydration can slow down one’s metabolism by 3%, so imagine your child’s thinking process being slowed down at the same time.  One’s brain cannot work as well as it should when one is not drinking enough water – or eating enough raw vegetables to get the hydration the body needs.  Lack of proper hydration can trigger daytime fatigue – too much sugar can also contribute to fatigue.  A mere 2% drop in body water can bring about fuzzy short-term memory, create trouble with basic maths, and cause difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Remember for the brain to be healthy, the blood needs to be pure.  If by correct habits of eating and drinking the blood is kept pure, the brain will be properly nourished.  Healthy food makes healthy blood makes healthy minds.

Have a happy week with pure mind, body & blood 😉 

Stella K

Junk Food & Kids

In the USA 30 years ago, the three main childhood diseases were chickenpox, measles & mumps.  Nowadays we contend with cancer, asthma, ADD (attention deficit disorder) & hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).  The rates of ADHD, autism & learning disorders have soared over the last 20 years.  They have found that this health crisis is due to excessive levels of toxic chemicals that children are given to eat.

Junk food gets its name from being made fast, overly processed, laden with chemical synthetics and being devoid of nutrients.  Its what I like to call ’empty food’ – no nutritional value whatsoever, other than starch, fat & bad quality protein.

Convenient or fast food rob our children of what they are really craving – and the more they have the more they want.

Any refined sugar triggers a sugar spike – which can cause addictions in our children.  They hit such dramatic ‘lows’ in their bloodstreams that the quickest way to stop a screaming child is to sedate with whatever is dangling in front of the supermarket tills – or give them what they asking for – which is probably …. MORE SUGAR.

Research has found that the neuro-chemical pathways in the brain created by sugar (& refined carbs), and those created by chemical addictions & alcohol are the same.

It takes more effort to give your children wholesome, home made food – but you are helping them for the rest of their lives.

Convenience for us today, as a parent, is definitely not convenient for our children’s’  future.

(the above extract was taken from a book I have put together & published called “Healthy Kids Guide”).

🙂
Stella K

Depression & Teens

This will be a short post and to the point.

Please try as much as you possibly can and not put your teen on an anti depressant.  (I am generalising here and I am no doctor!!)

If something really traumatic has happened – a death – an attack or something along those lines – I am not qualified to tell you how to handle it.

But when it is disappointments and hurts that are all part of growing up – help your teen to grow through them rather than numb themselves and sweep it under the carpet.

It is all building blocks on becoming an adult.

If the teen seems to be depressed – please please please … check the food and the hormones first. (Without going for the easy solution – the contraceptive pill or an anti depressant pill).

Fatty foods (fried foods, take-away food, nutritionally empty food) will put a huge strain on the liver – which (if you have read my previous blogs) will know has a huge role to play in the production of hormones.

So  the liver is overburdened – therefore cannot produce good quality of hormones – which will affect the hormones in our brains, like serotonin & dopamine, therefore affect the moods.

Just like what we like to call ‘baby blues’ – the hormones are all over the place – I wish doctors would rather focus on balancing the hormones – than be too quick to hand out anti- depressants. If one focused on balancing the hormones it would help with the moods,  sleep, the weight etc.

So if you find that your teen is on the verge of depression, or is depressed – please take a good look at their diet!!

I have heard many many people use the argument that our body ‘evolves’ to its environment and therefore will be able to put up with the type of food one eats.

I say – RUBBISH – show me evidence – just cos something might make sense in our brains – doesn’t make it true.  Our body is made up of cells – these cells need a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, good bacteria etc, to grow and function.  It will never happen that a cell will grow and function to its potential with over processed food, bad sugars & fried foods,

If people out there are battling with children & depression – or even adult depression – I am quite happy to make a couple of suggestions – once again – please make an informed decision – I do not recommend you stop medication without supervision from your physician – it is very dangerous to just stop anti depressants.

What happens is that our brain works through ‘habit’ – so if it gets its ‘feel good’ hormones in a tablet form – it doesn’t see the need to produce any – so one needs to wean themselves off – hoping to kick start the brain to make its own.

So stay happy – stay healthy – and stay informed.

🙂

Stella

Sugar & Homones & the Body

Sugar is one of the worst legal drugs in today’s time.

We see more and more children being diagnosed with diabetes or even insulin resistant than ever before.  Sadly the diabetic clinics are stuck in a rut and not considering the whole body.  I will not pin point one specific diabetic clinic or diabetic specialist – but all I would like to encourage people out there and parents out there to do is ……..  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH !!!

What your specialist says is purely ‘their’ suggestion and can only guide you according to their knowledge or even, sometimes, their belief system.

I guess I am doing the same ….. but again …. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH … make an informed decision.

I am not asking for people out there to be rude or disrespectful – Just do your own homework – this is your child’s body (and future) you are dealing with.

In Wales they have banned sugar in vending machines in hospitals.

Boston – the youth are asking to ban sugary drinks and items containing high sugar in hospitals and clinics.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, says that sugar should have its own warning labels – much like tabacco & alcohol products.

Think how long did it take society to finally put the tabacco warning labels on and make it law?

Was it 20 yrs ? 30 yrs? Longer?

So back to making your own informed decision.

A lot of parents feel that they don’t want to ‘deprive’ their child of a ‘treat’ eg. chocolate, sweets, muffins cakes, etc etc.

But it is the same as lighting a cigarette with your child – at the age of 8, after a meal because YOU feel it is a treat !! Or pouring a tot of whiskey (or two) with your 8 yr old – simply cos we (as adults) have it.

I know the above sounds completely ridiculous and stupid and no parent would do that … but why would you think that SUGAR or sugary items is any more acceptable ???

Our body needs sugar – agreed and accepted.  But if we have a good wholesome diet our body gets the ‘sugar’ it requires.

From our fresh fruit & vegetables & good carbs that we eat.  Our body definitely does not need the quantities of sugar that one child can consume.

If we take a child that has some ‘cereal’ for breasfast. Like Coco Pops, Frosties, Honey Corn etc etc.

They are packed with sugar.  They say it has Vitamins and Minerals (please note that some boxes used to have it in BOLD in the front saying that it has 9 Vitamins & Minerals – well you wont find it anymore in BOLD in the front – you know why ? Because the public complained that it was false advertising – and they were right & won).

Even if they have ‘added’ vitamins and minerals most of it gets erased by the amount of sugar that is in that cereal.

If you and your family LOVE Coco Pops – have it – but only as a treat – like maybe once a week or something, and be fully aware that there is hardly any Vitamins & Minerals in it.

Make a wise informed decision.

So your child/children have had their ‘sugary cereal for breakfast – they might have a sandwich with cheese spread or even a chocolate spread (because they don’t eat anything else – or because advertisers says it’s a good ‘nutritional’ food) at school.

When they come home they have a Hot Dog for lunch – then maybe they will have a muffin or a biscuit or what you would call a ‘treat’ and then supper – sometimes with a sugary drink or even a ‘fruit juice’ thinking that is the healthy alternative.

Look at what your child/children have consumed for the day – sugar sugar sugar or carbs that turn to sugar in the body.

Poor little body.

Now firstly sugar turns to acid in the body (where acid in the body is a whole different topic all together – which I will cover in the future).

Acid breeds disease – any disease in the body has to have an acidic environment to attach itself with to the body.

Think of acid as a glue in your body …. So you are filling your body (& your child’s body with ‘glue’) so that when any disease or virus crosses its path …. It can ‘stick’.

Sugar = acid = yeast build up.

Sugar = acid = mucous build up.

Yeast or mucous build up = bloatedness, gas, indigestion, sometimes even constipation or diahorrea.

If your body is alkalined – one cannot ‘catch’ anything.

Once again – let me remind you …. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK – there are plenty of articles to back up what I am saying.

There is a fabulous book called ‘The pH Miracle’ – where two doctors alkalined patients (through diet) and brought their bodies to a balance – things like a lung tumour – after 6 weeks – had more than halved in size.

Some early onset diabetes – reversed.

And many more examples are in the book,

Absolutely AMAZING.

We are in control of our body – by what we put in our mouth.

Now sugar has a HUGE part in our hormone production too.

On a simple level – relate it back to the sugar = acid = glue.

Our body needs good ‘oils’ and good quality minerals like zinc, magnesium etc to produce hormones.

Putting huge amounts of sugar into our system – ‘erases’ the good things our body needs – eg oils, vitamins & minerals.

For the ladies … yes sugar cravings are almost ‘normal’ before a menses – it doesn’t mean that it is what your body ‘needs’ – have some good quality protein instead – the craving will go.

Sugar = acid = glue = feeds yeast etc  – which in turn can turn to PCOS & endometriosis  – and many other disorders.

Alkaline – alkaline – alkaline – then there is no ‘glue’ for a disorder to stick too.

I know I am over simplifying it … but I do not want to get too technical – I believe most parents are ‘normal’ people and not professors in pathology.

When the teens are going through puberty – they need all the right ‘fuel’ for the changes their bodies are going to go through.

Sugar puts a HUGE spanner in the process …

If your teen or even yourself suffer with very painful cycles – cut our sugary things (sometimes even very sugary fruit – eg mangos – depending how sensitive your body is to sugar) 5 – 7 days before your cycle – that would include the carbs – and you will see what a difference it will make to your cycle & the pain !!!

But most GPs will probably put you on the Pill or something … and ‘mask’ what your body is trying to warn against – and then it can  become a big problem – like PCOS or anything like that …. One never puts the two and two together and realize your body was trying to ‘warn’ you all along.

We need to listen to our bodies – and not be ‘amazed’ and surprised when it starts breaking down.

Ok … I will end here …. Let me know your thoughts or if there are areas I need to elaborate on …..

Happy living …..