LESS SWEET SCHOOL YEAR

Elementary Pupils Enjoying Healthy Lunch In Cafeteria

If summer felt as though one too many ice cream cones were enjoyed, starting the school year in a less sweet way may be what we need. Foods that are high in added sugar, like cookies, ice cream, candy, lemonade and soda, are also high in calories and low in nutrition. They do not help kids to feel and perform their best to get through the busy school day and after-school activities.

Some of the latest research conducted at University of California, Los Angeles, discovered that a diet high in added sugar hinders learning and memory by literally slowing down the brain. According to the American Heart Association, kids from 2 through 18 years old should have less than 25 grams of added sugar, or six teaspoons, daily. Not only is too much added sugar linked with heart disease, but also obesity, tooth decay and Type 2 diabetes.

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Blueberries Show Promise as Anti-Inflammatory Agents

HB_Blueberries_24575403_l.jpgAccording to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects 25 to 45 million people in the United States. Symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort. Many people try to alleviate these symptoms by modifying their diets.

A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that blueberries may be helpful in decreasing inflammation and pain in the gut. After giving mice with inflammation blueberry extract daily for one week, researchers discovered the preventative and therapeutic effects from the extract in treating inflammation in the large intestine. Researchers say the anti-inflammatory effect of blueberry extract is due to antioxidant action and the decreasing of certain inflammatory proteins in the digestive tract.

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March 2016 : Eye Health & Bodywork

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SEPTEMBER 2015: Agelessness & Yoga, Table of Contents

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JULY 2015: Food Democracy, Table of Contents

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JUNE 2015: Healing Addiction, Table of Contents

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