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Nutrition

Service Dog to Treat Autism

The proper Autism Treatment is not known to us, but you can get an example which can relax you after you send your autistic kid to the general and normal school – just like million other kids.

Well… it is the permission to allow the service dog to remain with the child. Isn’t that great?

Andrew J. Guilford – U.S. District Court Judge found granting an injunction that compelled to allow a service dog for the sake of the ill fated autistic kid – Caleb in the Cypress School.

Attorney argued against the judgment pointing that the school cannot look after any animal. However this will surely not alter any school’s program, though in this case the family need to post a bond of $50,000 before the action takes place.

Eddy – the dog has been trained so that he can easily judge his master – Caleb’s mood, behavior attitude, body language, impulse. Not only this, after he understand the same, he can also pacify Caleb and help him to understand his surroundings and react accordingly.

Though you cannot say this as is a way to treat autism, but this can definitely help your autistic kid.

From all the sources we have, we can get a fair idea of the autistic kids. A stern look, a preference for loneliness, problem in communication, creating own world – these are all the common characteristics of these kids. An ill development of the brain is the main cause behind these. The proper reason is still behind the clouds for us. But, it has been found out that these kids can mingle easily with the animals – elephants, dogs and many more!

Apart from the proper medication, there are other alternatives too for your kids – HBOT Therapy. A chamber providing pure and pressurized oxygen can heal. The oxygen adds a positive effect for the brain, this in turn help in the proper functioning of the nerves. With the same, the communication skills develop. Beside the parents can also try teaching small sentences. You can start with reorganization of the alphabets, followed by the pronunciation. After you are done with these make them learn words with similar sounds, like – MAT, BAT, CAT, RAT etc. The placement of a definite alphabet in different position of the word also holds importance – MAP, DAM, CAMEL (the use of M).

The parents must focus on the recent researches and should be innovative, thinking and sorting new ideas to help their kids.

Coming back to the previous discussion, though I think that an autistic kid can be the object of fun for their normal counterparts, but still I support the idea of allowing a service dog. In doing so, may be in next 30-40 years, we can expect the autistic kids sharing the lunch box with a normal one in the same school.…

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Nutrition

Nutrition Tips to Prevent Acne – Avoid Processed Foods and Take Zinc Supplements to Fight Acne

In the fight against acne, I have my two tips and these tips involve one’s nutrition. Diet is very important in preventing acne breakouts. Hence, here are two nutrition tips to help you get rid of acne and improve your skin.
Right Nutrition – Avoid Processed Foods
The right nutrition is very important in the fight against acne. Needless to say, it is very important to be careful with the right foods you need to include in your diet.
You need to avoid food sources that are processed, high in fat and sugary foods. Thus, you need to get rid of fast foods if you want to have a clearer skin. Though these foods do not directly lead to the development of acne, they can cause the buildup of unnecessary toxins that can lead to stress inside the body. Ultimately, toxins can encourage the development of pimples in your face.
You also need to limit greasy foods in your diet. Grease in fried foods and fast foods can encourage the oil glands to produce more oil. This can lead to clogging of the pores and this can eventually lead to possible acne infections.
Zinc
Zinc has a very powerful effect to the immune system. With improved immune system, the body is resistant against infections and this will manifest in the skin. Every day, try to take zinc supplement to help fight acne. This will considerably improve your acne. Zinc will work best with the application of natural topical remedies.
In summary, the two tips are taking zinc supplements and restricting toxin-containing processed foods in your diet. These tips will positively improve your overall health and, as a result, reduce the appearance of acne in your face.…

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Two Toxic Food Ingredients That Damage the Brain

Does the food that you eat affect your brain? You bet it does! The brain is the most sensitive organ in the body and it responds immediately to any insults. Unfortunately, the insults I am referring to are not just verbal. Insults can range from not getting enough sleep at night, drinking a soft drink filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup, eating conventionally grown strawberries to fighting with our spouse/boss/children/friends/etc.
Save your brain, people and stop insulting it by doing things that are controllable. The biggest being the food that you eat everyday.
Toxic foods are the some of the biggest insults to our brains, and there are two that are more than likely lurking in your kitchen now. If so, go throw them away! They are:
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS):
This little chemical is now produced by the BILLIONS of pounds of which 66 pounds per year are consumed per person. This form of sugar is much sweeter than sugar but the side effects are that it increases appetite, promotes obesity and is more addictive than cocaine. It is the main form of sweetener in all processed and junk foods. It’s in mostly everything, so check the ingredients! This little chemical can lead to diabetes and an inflamed brain. If you are not convinced yet one more interesting fact is that sugar and HFCS causes crusting in your brain just like a creme brule’ or crispy chicken skin. It does this because the sugar in these foods react with proteins in the body that form plaques called Advanced Gylcation End Products. This plaque gunks up your brain, damaging most cells and tissues.
TRANS OR HYDROGENATED FATS:
These trans fats that are man-made and are in most processed foods, baked goods, fried foods, margarine, etc. Because of they way they are created and are molecularly unstable, they cause anything from increased body inflammation to interrupting basic brain functions.
So what are you waiting for? Any questions about products with HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP or TRANS/HYDROGENATED FATS? Basically, they are bad! Unfortunately, more and more information is coming out these days about each and it’s effects on the body and NONE have had a glowing review.
So what’s the solution? Eat more organic fruits and vegetables to start with. Try two pounds of veggies and 4 servings of fruit per day. Not only will your brain thank you but you will probably shed a few pounds!
Happy Eating!…

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Luxurious Skin & Hair Care From the Amazing Moringa Plant

Moringa (“Maroom” in Thai language) is often called the “Miracle Tree of Life” because of its wealth of nutrients and health-based ingredients-more than any known plant or berry. The leaves, flowers and pods of the tree contain more vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium than some fruits and vegetables. Moringa also has a well-documented detoxifying effect and helps supplement skin’s natural restorative process-no wonder it’s often called the “Tree of Life.”
Your skin is an organ-the largest organ in your body. Skin is a semi-porous living, breathing membrane. For this reason using Moringa in Skin Care products helps in slowing down anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, while regenerative the skin. Moringa has unique skin moisturizing abilities which makes it a premier all natural skin care cream. For skin care, Moringa oil has excellent antioxidant properties and is high in oleic acid, both of which are considered to be the factors behind its remarkable oxidative stability and therefore long shelf life. Moringa Skin Care can turn-back-the-clock on wrinkles and sun damaged skin by restoring a youthful glow of healthy skin.
Moringa has nourishing and emollient properties giving it benefits for use in hair care products. Moringa oil, as olive oil is useful in lifting dirt out of the hair and is an efficient natural cleanser. Good antioxidant properties, considered to be the factor behind its remarkable stability. Vitamin A deficiencies commonly causes thickening of the scalp, dry hair, and dandruff.
Moringa with its high vitamin A content helps in the hair growth and maintenance. Hair loss occurs when the diet is inadequate in the B vitamins – especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that stimulates the scalp by increasing blood circulation. An increase in blood circulation makes more nutrients available to the hair follicles so they can grow stronger, healthier hair. Moringa contains these nutrients needed for the healthy hair.
You cannot go wrong with Moringa skin & hair care products. There is something for everyone out there. If you are not convinced, then do some searching on your own and test some of the products you find out there, after which you should draw your own conclusions.…

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Healthier

Enjoyment of Eating – Enjoyment of Health

Enjoyment of food is just as important as eating healthy food. That may surprise you, coming from a nutritionist who preaches prevention. I try to convince everyone who will listen, that a healthy diet is necessary for a good quality of life because good health is important for a good quality of life.
But the enjoyment of food is also a necessary ingredient of a good life. Although it is true that a healthy diet improves your life by improving your health, if you hate what you are eating, your quality of life will suffer. You probably won’t stick with it anyway. What determines what we love to eat or hate to eat? We experience life through our senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Three of these connections with our world impact our experience of food.
We taste sweet, sour, bitter and tart. Some tastes give us pleasure while others are repulsive to us. The desire for good tasting food entices us to eat and thereby, nourish our bodies. When elderly people lose their sense of taste they begin to eat less and their weight begins to drop, sometimes to a point that is life-threatening.
Our sense of smell is an equally important way we experience food. There are hundreds of odors that we experience every day. They can stimulate feelings and memories that we may not even be aware of. Have you ever noticed a smell and gave you a feeling that you couldn’t quite put your finger on?
The smell of food can have a powerful impact on what we find pleasurable or distasteful. This reaction to smells is deep-rooted in our childhood. It can sometimes have more to do with memories and emotions than it does with the quality of the food. The smell of my grandmother’s rolls cooking in the oven brought up feelings that couldn’t be explained simply by how good they tasted.
Smells have a lot to do with what we think of as comfort food. This visceral reaction to smell is one of the reasons that it is so hard to change the way we eat.
The texture of food, which we experience through our sense of touch, is also an important part of our culinary experience. Crunchy or smooth, chewy or tough, the feel of food is also associated with pleasure or repulsion. Some of us enjoy smooth while others need crunchy or chewy to feel there is substance to their food. A good example of personal preference for texture is peanut butter. Everyone seems to have a definite preference for either crunchy or smooth.
The problem with enjoyment of food in affluent societies.
The problem with enjoyment of food is that those of us, who live in affluent societies, where there are a myriad of choices, can become so obsessed with enjoyment that we forget that food is also for nourishment.
Our natural attraction to food should ensure that we eat enough to keep us well nourished. But is our food nourishing? Are we getting enough of the things our bodies really needs? Nature has provided everything we need for good health, but our food suppliers have tampered with nature. By processing and refining, and the natural balance has been lost. Our pleasure-seeking has become dominant and our bodies suffer the consequences.
Some food cravings are like addictions. Sugar, salt and fat added to foods in excess can impel us to eat more than we need. We can get control of our addictions to them by gradually reducing the amounts we eat. We can’t eliminate them, as with drug, alcohol or smoking addictions, because they are an essential part of our food supply. But we can cut back substantially.
Choosing whole, unprocessed foods and moderate amounts of healthy fats are great ways to cut the excess sugar and fat in our diet. Using herbs and spices to season food in creative ways can improve the quality of our food while reducing the amount of salt and sugar we use. Use olive oil or other healthy oils instead of butter.
Enjoyment and nourishment don’t have to be mutually exclusive. A fresh fillet of grilled grouper is just as delicious as a grilled steak, and roasted vegetables can be tastier than French fries. When we use really fresh foods, we don’t need salt and sugar. Their natural taste is delicious. This is especially true for locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables picked before they are ripe and transported over long distances, aren’t nearly as tasty. You can have the best of both worlds. You can have great taste and great nutrition at the same time. And having both is essential for a truly great quality of life. Bon Appetite!…

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Healthy Nutrition

Some Tips on How to Achieve Better Health Without Spending Money

So you decided to make some changes for a healthier lifestyle? That’s great! But I bet now your thinking, HOW? Well at the beginning of 2010 I was in the exact same place as you are now. I wanted to make a difference to my health but thought that it took too much money. Eventually I realized that wasn’t true. Seven months on I have developed a few tips to make a difference to your health which cost little or no money
Drink more water – I know you have heard this over and over again but the reason is because it’s so necessary. Here’s a few reasons why. Our bodies have a difficult time differentiating between hunger and thirst and we often assume its food we need. If you’re hungry, try having a glass or 2 of water and wait 20 minutes and see if the sensation has passed. This also helps to prevent you overeating. Also many of our every day headaches are often caused by dehydration. Next time you feel a headache coming on try a glass or two of water before you take pain relief. Water is also essential for washing toxins out of our bodies.
Buy your fruit and vegetables seasonally – What I mean by this is buy what is only in season in your country. Before going to do your food shopping, do a little research first – Most of the supermarket store websites have lists of what is in season. There are a few reasons behind this. For one, buying fruits and vegetables which are in season is much cheaper. They are much fresher and haven’t been stored as long. People often don’t realize that food which is sold out of season can be up to 12 months old! The fresher the fruit and vegetables are, the more nutrition you will receive from them. You can take this idea a step further by eating food which is seasonal AND grown locally. This food is even cheaper because the farmers haven’t had to pay for transportation and packaging etc. Also the fruit and vegetables haven’t been bounced around and bruised etc because of this lack of transportation. Get to know where your local farmers market is. I’ve seen buckets of tomatoes for $1 sometimes!
Work out your own exercise plan – You don’t need to rely on a gym or an exercise DVD to get good exercise. Something as simple as a half hour walk is going to leave you feeling great and it won’t cost you a cent. For toning and building muscles use full water bottles as weights. Use your children’s skipping rope for a great high energy aerobic exercise. Do anything that’s going to get you moving because that’s what exercise is all about.
Stop adding sauces to your meals – This is something that made a huge difference for me when it came to weight loss. A lot of us add sauce to meals such as tomato sauce on sausages or sweet chilli sauce to chicken but we forget how much fat and calories this adds even though its only a little at a time. Try adding herbs for flavour during cooking. Instead of using salad dressing try a flavoured vinegar. The main thing to be aware of is that sauces are high calorie so when you add it to your food question yourself about how necessary it is.
Avoid or at least minimize prepackaged food – There is a certain feeling you get when you produce your own foods which are as good, if not better, than foods you buy pre-prepared. For example, you pay around $4 for a bottle of tomato pasta sauce. This pasta sauce most likely is high in salt and preservatives. You can read labels as much as you like but you don’t know the quality of the raw ingredients that went into the sauce. A better and cheaper option is to make it yourself. Try slowly cooking down some tomatoes, onion, bacon and basil. This is one of my favourite pasta sauces. You know exactly what has gone into it. You used good quality ingredients. You can make it for less than the $4 you would have spent on the bottle of sauce and you have enough leftovers to put in the freezer for another night!
These are just a few tips I have worked out while I have been trying to achieve better health for myself and my family. There are many changes you can make to your lifestyle to bring you closer to the health you want and remember good health doesn’t go hand in hand with money.…

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Ceramic Hair Straighteners – How is it Effective?

The things that you can do with a hair straightener, the lengths you can go with a ceramic hair straightener.  A few swipes of this tool and inches can be added to your hair.  It is amazing the kinks a person will have in their tresses, even if they are considered pin straight.  Our environment, especially humidity, plays a large part in the ‘fullness of our hair’.  Unfortunately, water and heat combined will send your hair into a pouf that would rival that of any Victorian era aristocrat.  Unfortunately for us the pouf means damage, the brunt of it sustained in our roots and ends.  Why then should we use a hairstyling tool that uses more heat to supply us with smooth tresses?  The fact is we shouldn’t and we don’t have to. 
The newest edition to the straightener world is that of the ceramic styled ones.  The incorporated use of ceramic plates and infrared heat give the needed lengthening and smoothing affect without the added damage.  Your kinky curls can become smooth waves.  In fact you can eliminate the waves completely with these straighteners as well.  A short curly bob can become a sleek medium one.  While a few swipes can bring out those choppy layers that sometimes become lost within the rest of your style.  Depending on the type of ceramic straightener that you use, you may even be able to use it on damp hair.  This will eliminate the need for a blow dryer which is yet another form of heat that may damage your locks. 
Returning to the former topic of lengthening any hair type, you can also achieve other styles aside from straight.  Don’t be fooled by the name if yielded right this tool can give you waves, loose curls and even spunky flips.  It all depends on how much time and how broad your imagination is.   These tools come in different sizes to better fit different lengths. They also feature varying degrees of heat.  To determine what setting is best for your hair perform a strand test similar to what you would do if you were going to dye your hair. Take a section of hair and set you styler to the recommended heat setting for your given texture.  Try it out and adjust accordingly. 
With a ceramic straightener you have no need to worry about damage.  Use this as much as you need.  Remember though that in using stylers such as this it is best to compensate with added conditioners.  This can be done with either leave in conditioners or rinse out. …