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Posts Tagged ‘children’

Child care relationships tied to kids’ stress levels

In b-complex, childcare, children, cortisol, daycare, stress, stress relief complex on December 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) —

Bickering parents and poor caregiver relationships each increase levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in children, new studies say.

  • Long-term or frequent rises in cortisol can have negative health consequences. 
  • The first study, which looked at 191 full-time day-care children, found that many preschoolers experience increasing levels of cortisol throughout the day, the opposite of how the hormone is produced in most humans.
  • In the second study, higher cortisol levels were found in children distressed by their parents’ fighting.
    • Children who become very upset when their parents fight are more likely to develop psychological problems and have higher cortisol levels.
    • Study leader Patrick T. Davies, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a news release from the journal’s publisher, “Because higher levels of cortisol have been linked to a wide range of mental and physical health difficulties, high levels of cortisol may help explain why children who experience high levels of distress when their parents argue are more likely to experience later health problems.”

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about stress.

SOURCE: Society for Research in Child Development, news release, Nov. 14, 2008 

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Childhood Constipation as serious as Asthma

In alfalfa, alkalinity, children, constipation, digestion, fiber, hard stools, herb lax on December 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm


(November 28, 2008) — Family life gets crazy around the holidays, and kids can get out of their bathroom routine. A new study finds childhood constipation is much more than an inconvenience – it’s a common, sometimes serious medical problem that costs nearly billion each year to treat. That’s equal to major chronic illnesses like asthma and ADHD. We have some important tips for parents to help treat or prevent the problem before it gets serious. … > full story



Motto:  “If it goes in, it must come out!”  

  • If you eat one full meal a day, you should have one full bowel movement a day.  (2 meals, 2 movements, etc.)  
  • Ideally, BMs should float, clean easily (not liquid, sticky or hard), and not smell too odorous.   
  • If you don’t have the ‘ideal BM’, you can increase fiber, herbs and alkalinity.



  • helps digestion 
  • eases constipation,
  • cleanses bowel, blood and arteries.   


Herb Lax

  • strengthens intestinal muscle action
  • cleanses intestine and blood
  • increases nutrient absorption


    • increases alkalinity of cellular system
    • enzymes help digest food in the stomach before it enters the intestine
    • natural body deodorizer



    digestive system

    Poor fat kids?

    In children, cleanse, detox, food, obesity, teens, weight on December 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Obesity Among California’s Low-income Teens Nearly Triple That Of More Affluent Peers (December 12, 2008) — In this policy brief, the authors examine why low-income teenagers are almost three times more likely to be obese than teens from more affluent households. Specifically, persistent barriers to health were found, including high numbers of neighborhood fast food restaurants, high sugary soda consumption and television viewing and low numbers of parks and other opportunities for physical activity. … > full story