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16
MAY

Not Just for Kids: Gummy Vitamins

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
16 GVGummy vitamins have been known to have one main target: kids. However, that does not necessary mean every single gummy vitamin product should be made for children. In recent years, a good number of companies have created new products, particularly multivitamins, which contain gummy vitamins instead of the traditional tablet or capsule. So, what’s the real story behind this? Are the better, the same, or just another “up to your personal” taste debate?

Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available from many different brands. Multivitamins, fish oils, calcium supplements, energy enhancers are just a few examples of products available in gummy form. Gummy vitamins contain basically the same ingredients as a regular multivitamin product but some products may leave out the vitamin K, niacin, thiamin, and a few minerals often present in most multivitamin tablets.

The interesting point about gummy products is that they may be the best way for people not used to take supplements to start a new routine of taking these essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, gummy vitamins for kids contain much small amounts of vitamins and minerals and are normally developed for a certain age group, not really suitable for adults.

The bottom line is that gummy vitamins can be a great solution for someone who may have a difficult time swallowing pills, particularly those giant multivitamin ones. Plus, it can be a great alternative for people who struggle to take pills as, for some reason, gummies seem to be a lot easier to be taken on a daily basis. One last tip: check the amount of sugar in the gummy vitamins and preferably try to find a product that contain healthier, more natural sugars, from organic sources.

 




3
MAY

The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.

Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.

Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.

Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.

Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.

Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.

Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.

 




12
APR

April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments at 2:13 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Boy putting hands together like therapist sittingAutism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections.  Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best.  Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.

  • Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
  • Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
  • Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
  • A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin DVitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D.  One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body.  More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
  • There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
  • We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD.  Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
  • Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.

While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.




11
APR

Eco Baby Tips for New Parents

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
ecobaby

Just because your new parents doesn’t mean you have to compromise your green lifestyle. There are a ton of products to start your kiddos off on the right carbon-free foot(print).  It’s never too early to help instill in them the importance of making thoughtful, earth conscious choices. Here’s some basics on green living with a little one.

Diapering

The average baby uses 5,000-8,000 disposable diapers through the end of toilet training. You can try and start out with cloth diapers but they don’t fit well until a baby reaches around 12 pounds. Until then, disposables are pretty much the only game in town, but you can offset the wastefulness of one-and-done diapers by choosing a brand that limits the impact on our environment.  This brand is our favorite. There are no lotions, fragrances or chemical bleaching of absorbent materials. Made in the USA, these diapers use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems by being B Corporation certified.

Personal Care

A baby’s skin is super delicate so you really want to do your homework before choosing their first skin care products. This body wash and shampoo combo is perfect for those with allergies and fragrance intolerance. In addition to being free of fragrance or scent-masking agents, California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance Everyday Lotion is a hypoallergenic lotion that does not contain any nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, dairy or alcohol. On a personal note, it cleared my baby’s cradle cap right up without having to use those nasty, chemical-laden shampoos.

Toys

A 2008 study by the Ecology Centre showed that 33% of all toys tested contained potentially harmful levels of dangerous substances including lead, cadmium and phthalates.  Instead of taking a chance on exposing your little ones to these hidden dangers, choose toys that are wooden, simple and plastic-free. We love this rattle made from crocheted, organic cotton. The chime rattle has a soft, unique texture to stimulate your baby’s senses.

Feeding

Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding make the natural choice for your child  by using glass bottles. By nature, glass is free of BPA, so there’s no need to worry about different types of plastic or whether or not they’re safe. Plus, they’re durable, a snap to clean and can be easily sterilized. When you’re done Born Free takes your glass baby bottles and recycles them into non-feeding products such as toys, furniture and household utensils. Now that’s something you can feel good about.




28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




29
FEB

Does Your Child Need Vitamins?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CVThe debate is endless. Children’s vitamins have bene around for years but parents are still debating whether or not their children should be taking supplements. A good number of pediatricians believe kids should get vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced, healthy diet but you may be surprised to find out that many pediatricians are highly recommending children to take a multi-vitamin products, but why?

First, many families may find it difficult to feed their children a healthy diet every single day. Busy lives and tight schedules are part of the modern life and (sometimes) time may be short to ensure everyone in the family is eating well. That includes your kids. Food on the run has become a common thing in today’s high tempo life and, just like adults, your kids may be lacking important vitamins and essential minerals.

Second, some parents may struggle to establish a well-balanced diet for their kids. Children need to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as protein and whole grains. Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt are also essential for your little ones as it is very important that children obtain plenty of calcium to build strong bones. Let’s not forget iron, which builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells.

Now, let’s talk about the always important vitamins. We can start with the importance of vitamin D, which promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, so get your kids outside as often as possible. Essential to promote normal growth and development, vitamin A also helps bone repairs and promote healthy skin and eyes. B vitamins are important for energy production and they also help to maintain healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Vitamin C can enhance the immune system and help promote healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin.

Lastly, just like adults, every kid is different and have different diets and levels of activity but with today’s busy lifestyle along with the great quality of vitamin supplements for children, it’s easier to understand the reason doctors are recommending children’s’ multivitamins. As always, talk to your pediatrician before start a multivitamin for your kids.




21
DEC

Breastfeeding Essentials for the New Mom

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
breastfeeding (1)If you’re a new mom then you’ve probably heard that “breast is best” – and with good reason. Breastfeeding not only has significant nutritional benefits, but it also helps ensure that baby is getting all of the vitamins and antibodies that he needs to combat viruses and disease. So whether you have just started, or are planning on nursing in the future, this list of breastfeeding must-haves will get you started on your way.

Tea

There are many herbal teas out there to help with your supply including some of our favorite brands like Yogi Tea, Traditional Medicinals and Earth Mama Angel Baby. These teas contain proprietary blends of herbs that increase breast milk production. Sit back and enjoy a pleasantly aromatic balance of sweet, spicy and slightly bitter tastes. For a full infusion steep for 10 to 15  minutes.

Fenugreek

If you’re looking to increase your milk supply, most lactation consultants will recommend taking Fenugreek. This herb has been used since ancient times and is one of the most well-known galactagogues (any food and medication that increases your supply.) Remember that  herbal remedies can affect everyone differently, so if it works for you expect to see a change in supply within 24-72 hours. It’s recommended to take two or three capsules 3x/day to improve milk production.

Nipple Cream

Those first couple of weeks when your baby is feeding “on demand” can cause dry, cracked and sore nipples. Toss in a healthy dose of sleep deprivation and it’s easy to see why the first weeks post-birth can send even the most hardened breastfeeding supporters scrambling for formula. However, a really good nipple cream can restore and ease the pain so you can continue nursing. Look for a cream that’s safe for ingestion and contains only natural ingredients.

Manual Breast Pump

A manual breast pump can be a more affordable option, especially for moms who only need to pump on occasion. You control the suction and the speed and since it doesn’t require batteries or an outlet it frees you to pump just about anywhere. These easy to operate one-handed pumps make for a good back-up in case your electric pump goes on the fritz,  and are lightweight and small enough to fit in most diaper bags.

Nursing Pads

Did you know that just thinking about you baby can stimulate the release of the hormone oxytocin which tells your breast to release the milk? A sudden release of milk is called a “let down” and without a nursing pad in place it could lead to an embarrassing moment. We recommend this super soft brand made from 100% organic cotton.

For additional information and breastfeeding support, visit La Leche League’s website to find a group near you.

 




24
NOV

Introducing Solgar U-Cubes

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
U-CubesSolgar has taken the world of children’s multivitamins and minerals gummies to a whole new level and Lucky Vitamin has these fantastic products for you. We are happy to introduce Solgar U-Cubes, a new line of children’s nutritional supplements.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s are available in two top-quality products: multi-vitamin and mineral gummies and calcium with vitamin D3 gummies.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Gummies is a unique product developed with all the science and knowledge behind Solgar’s name. These tapioca and pectin-based gummies provide 100% DV (400 IU) of vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older, and 50% DV (200 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Best of all, U-Cubes are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and are manufactured in small batches ensuring the highest quality product.  Every single product is gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free, and rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. A delicious way to give your children the nutrients they need for proper development, Solgar U-Cubes are available in three great flavors: grape, orange, and cherry, and two sizes: 60 and 120 gummies. A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children.

Additionally, Solgar is introducing the new U-Cubes Children’s Calcium with D3. These beneficial gummies can be taken alone or in combination with the multivitamin gummies. Each serving of tapioca-based U-Cubes Calcium with D3 provides the pediatrician-recommended dosage of Vitamin D3, 600 IU (per 4 gummies), offers 150% DV of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and up, and 75% DV (300 IU, per 2 gummies) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Vitamin D3 assists in the absorption of calcium to promote healthy bones and teeth, and supports immune-system health.

Click here to shop Solgar U-Cubes Children’s at LuckyVitamin.com.




13
NOV

Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.




11
OCT

A Peek Inside the Natural Mom’s Hospital Bag

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Baby and Child Health,Green Living,Women's Health at 6:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
leafmamaCalling all mamas to be! Does it seem like you’re spending as much time figuring out what to pack in your overnight hospital bag as you have been researching pediatricians and creating elaborate stroller comparison spreadsheets? There’s a lot of information out there and everybody seems to have an opinion on what classifies as “must brings”.

Besides the obvious staples like toiletries, comfy clothes and an outfit for your little one, if you’re like me and planning a natural birth, there’s a whole lot more to think about. After attending hours of workshop and seminars from doulas and midwives, here a list of must-haves to help you on your labor journey.

Magnesium Oil – Makes a great labor aid by relaxing the muscles. This stuff will definitely come in handy during contractions. Have your doula or birth partner gently massage some magnesium oil into your skin during labor.

Honey Sticks – Labor has been compared to running a marathon, so you need to maintain your stamina for the long haul. The sweet honey stick helps by giving you a sugary burst of energy to power you through the valleys of a natural birth. If you’re delivering at a hospital with strict restrictions around food and drink, honey sticks are even more crucial since they’re considered a liquid!

Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does this essential oil smell great but its therapeutic benefits will help you relax, too, which is vital during labor. Lavender has also been found to reduce headaches and backaches too!

Coconut Water – You wouldn’t run a marathon without downing plenty of water on the way, would you? In labor, hydration is key! Coconut water is a natural isotonic – simply put, it helps quickly replace lost fluids — loaded with electrolytes.

Protein Bar – After your baby is born, chances are that you’ll be very hungry. Ravenous, even. If you deliver during the middle of the night, the hospital cafeteria will likely be closed, so plan ahead and bring a couple of protein bars along with you. Your body will need to replenish itself after all the hard work.

Ginger – No one wants to be nauseous or vomiting during labor, but it happens. Be prepared with some of ginger candies. Ginger has been shown to be effective in preventing and easing nausea. Plus, the sugar will give you some added energy when you’re feeling down.

Birth Ball – There’s a ton of pain management techniques for labor but a birth ball is a definite. It’s versatile and can be used in different positions to help turn and move your baby down the birth canal. During early labor, rocking and bouncing can decrease back pain.

Good luck with your natural birth. If you have an amazing birth story we’d love to hear from you!




21
SEP

Fluoride or Not to Fluoride

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FluorideOne of the most intriguing questions about oral health is regarding the use of fluoride.

Fluorides are compounds that combine the element fluorine with another substance. Some fluorides occur naturally in soil, air, or water, although the levels of fluoride can vary widely. Just about all water has some fluoride and, once ingested, fluorides are absorbed into the blood through the digestive tract. They travel through blood and tend to collect in areas high in calcium, such as the bones and teeth.

For decades, fluoride has been used to improve dental health based on evidence that toothpastes which contain fluoride can reduce cavities up to 30%. Additionally, after scientists noted that people living in areas with higher water fluoride levels had fewer cavities, water fluoridation began in the United States in 1945. By 1962, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) recommended that public water supplies contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

However, possible health effects of drinking water with fluoride has been a cause for concern, particularly the possible link between water fluoridation and cancer. Most of the concern about cancer seems to be around osteosarcoma as fluoride tends to collect in parts of bones where they are growing, causing the cells in the growth plate to grow faster, which might make them more likely to eventually become cancerous. In addition, studies have found that fluoride ingestion harmed children’s cognitive abilities and development as well as may interfere with the functions of the brain and the body.

The major sources of fluoride for most people are water and fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. These dental products are generally not swallowed which may cause less concern for possible health issues but children might be at risk since they may ingest a significant amount. Fluoride-free toothpaste for children is the best way to prevent any issues.




3
SEP

Amazing Health Benefits from Colostrum

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
coloColostrum supplements can really make a difference for newborns. Many people are not familiar with the potential health benefits from colostrum but a quick look into this amazing product might be important for the health of your little one.

Colostrum is the very first milk a mother provides for newborns. This unique type of milk is produced by the mammary glands in late pregnancy and for a few days after giving birth. On the other hand, colostrum supplements are made from milk collected from cows that have been vaccinated to produce antibodies in order to fight the bacteria that cause diarrheal disease.

The importance of colostrum for newborns is vital for the development of a strong immune system. Also known as first milk or immune milk, colostrum is rich in nutritious substances and compounds that aid in the building of the newborn’s immune system, protecting the body from a multitudes of unwanted infectious diseases. Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and low in fat. Newborns and babies have very small digestive systems and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form.

Supplementation of colostrum is recommended for children who have not received the mother’s breast milk. Children with flu, colds, bacterial and viral infections, or any other immune system related issues may take colostrum on a regular basis fortifying the body’s natural defenses.

In addition, adults may also take advantage of this incredible product as colostrum supplements as a medical food raise both general immunity and physical strength, providing the energy boost you may be looking for. Studies have showed that human consumption of bovine colostrum is beneficial to general health.




16
AUG

Hosting a Nut-free Playdate

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 8:19 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
nutsRecent years have seen a significant spike in the number of kids who suffer from food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. These tips should help keep your next party or playdate fun, healthy and safe.

The most common childhood food allergies are to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs and soy. However, it’s nut allergies that are really on the rise. According to a FARE-funded study, the number of children in the U.S. with peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

When someone has a nut allergy their body produces antibodies in an attempt to protect itself. The antibodies release chemicals like histamine when “invaders” enter the body and cause the allergy symptoms to appear in the form of coughing, wheezing, congestion, stomachache, vomiting and itchy hives.

So, what do you do if your child has a bestie with a peanut or tree nut allergy? Before they come over, you’ll want to confirm with their parents WHAT nut they are allergic to and ensure that they bring whatever medication they might need with them. Not all nut allergies are created equal. For example, a peanut is a legume, but a tree nut allergy would include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pistachios. If you’re planning on serving a store bought snack, carefully read the label and make sure it reads, “Produced in a nut-free facility.” The morning before the playdate make sure that you have a nut-free breakfast. The last thing you want is a nut crumb lurking around on the counter. Lastly, put away the dog food. Many of our furry friends’ food is produced in a facility that contains nuts.

Try whipping up these amazing muffins when hosting your nut-free playdate. With fall and back to school right around the corner, go apple picking at your favorite local orchard and make these yummy treats that the kids are guaranteed to love!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 T chopped crystallized ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apple (skin on)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add eggs and remaining ingredients minus the flour and baking powder
  4. Fold in flour and baking powder, mix to combine
  5. Add mixture to a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes


12
AUG

Back to School: Boost Memory with Omega 3’s

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoSchool is back! For many students, it’s that time of the year to go back to classes and start learning and studying new things. It’s also time students really need to exercise their memory and need to work on focus and attention in order to do well in school. So, we bring the good news. Two recent studies have confirmed what past studies have already shown: omega-3 (DHA) can help boost memory and cognition.

In the first study from the University of Pittsburgh and published in PLOS One, healthy young adults improved their working memory by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acids intake.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical for the human body to function but this new research specifically shows the impact on the working memory of healthy young adults. In this study, the first of its kind, experts examined healthy young males and females ages 18 to 25 who heightened their omega-3 intake with supplements for 6 months. A working memory test, known as “n-back test”, was then given to the participants. The subjects completed the same series of outpatient procedures after they finished taking an omega-3 supplement approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for six months. Results of this last stage, from the working memory test and blood samples, showed an improvement in working memory.

These encouraging findings come out just a few months after a British study concluded that fish oil supplements can help boost memory after just five months. Researchers concluded that omega-3 fatty acid helps nerve cells communicate with each other consequently boosting brainpower. The supplements used in this study were rich in DHA from fish oils as the richest source of the nutrient is fish such as herring and mackerel. In addition, this new overview says the omega-3 fatty acid DHA has most benefit for people with existing memory problems, particularly when they are coping with physical or mental stress, something quite common during the school year.




12
AUG

You Can Get More Fresh Fruits & Veggies into Schools Nationwide Just by Drinking Healthy Skoop!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 9:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.

But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Icons (1)Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.

That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Collage (1)Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.

We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!

To learn more about Project Produce, please visit https://healthyskoop.com/project-produce. To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/m-6374-skoop

If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs/project-produce.