Which Foods Affect Our Kids' Brains?

Our Kids’ Brains

The brain grows faster in the first year of life than at any other time. These are important years of social and academic learning and brain development is critically important to support these changes. 90% of a child’s brain is developed before the age of 5. Why is that fact so important? Well, this is a critical time for nutrients to get to that growing brain and as parents we want to grow the healthiest brain possible for our kids.

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Back to School with Essential Oils

I can't believe it's September and no matter where you are in this great land of ours, it's Back to School time.  We started seeing back to school signs in our local stores right after July 4th, but now it's time to get down to business.  It's time to make sure that we have the right backpack, lunch container, pencils, pens, markers and the like.  Our kids are all set, but are they?  There's one thing that I believe every home should have and especially at back to school time.  Want to guess what that is?  I'll give you a hint, it's in the title :)

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How to Use Essential Oils to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural part of our development and it is designed to warn us of upcoming danger.  If we get to a point where we are always in a state of anxiety, then it becomes an anxiety disorder and the fight or flight response is being triggered when there doesn't seem to be a trigger which is causing the anxiety to come on someone.   Anxiety can appear in different forms such as phobias, panic attacks,  or social anxiety.  Some signs include the following.

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5 Easy Ways to Include Sensory Play into Everyday Activities

So, when we think of sensory play, we think about our 5 senses, taste, touch, sight, smell and sound. Sensory Play plays a very important role in childhood development.  There are some children, mine included, who have a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Disorder.  These children have a hard time processing all of the input their senses are giving them and in turn can have meltdowns, difficulty with balance, low muscle tone, difficulty climbing as well as many other symptoms.

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What Causes Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder is a relatively new diagnoses, only being accepted in 1994 by certain professionals, although an Occupational Therapist, Jean Ayres defined it in 1972.  Jean Ayres defines it as" the neurological process that organizes sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment".  There are many ways that this can affect an individual.

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Treating ADHD, OCD and ODD by Removing Food Additives

Food additives.  What are they and how do they affect us?  Food additives are substances added to food to preserve or add flavor, color or texture to processed foods. They can affect us in many ways.  As a holistic health coach, I believe there are no positive effects of eating food with additives.  Headaches, tiredness, hyperactivity, lessened ability to concentrate, irritability, anxiety and the list goes on.  

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