Sugar in Times Square

Kind Snacks company, which creates a healthy form of snack bar for children, is trying to make a point about how much extra sugar children in the United States eat each day.

The company has created a 3 story high pyramid of boxes of sugar in Times Square. What it represents is the amount of sugar children in the US eat every 5 minutes. This is 45,485 pounds of sugar. That comes to 4.7 billion pounds of extra sugar per year.

The recommendation from the AHA (American Heart Association) is no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar daily.

Not only can sugar be spinkled on cereal, it is found in all sorts of sweets, junk food, syrups, juices, sports drinks, cokes, sugar-sweetened cereal, ice cream, candy, cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Also, there are words that also mean sugar like fructose, corn syrup, and dextrose. These also represent sugar streams.

The idea is to spark discussion about how much sugar eat. Especially now, when school is starting, it is important to get children off to a good nutritional start.

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Having depression can make it hard to even function. It can make a lot of your life harder to deal with, and even getting up in the morning can be difficult. The article below offers good solutions on how you can combat depression or help someone you know deal with it.

Your Thought Life is Important

You must pose a mental challenge to any depressive thoughts you have.  While this may be difficult, you must learn to think in new ways.  There are no new problems under the sun, and if other people have come through similar problems, you can too.  Keep the faith and keep going.

Have many positive friends rather than just one. This can be extremely draining to one individual, so it’s important that you have a circle of friends to talk with.  Friends can help you see things in a new light.

Often, depression can be attributed to being hung up on the past, so learn to focus on the good that will happen in the future, rather than the bad that has already occurred in the past. Keep hope and optimism alive and dream of brighter days.

Do This, Not That

Having some fresh cut flowers displayed in your home will help you cheer up a little. Flowers, with their beautiful colors and heavenly scents, have evolved over millions of years to attract different species, including humans. Cliche or not, fresh flowers are a great mood booster, so use them throughout your home whenever possible.

If you suffer with depression, avoid taking drugs or alcohol no matter what. Many people turn to alcohol and drugs when they are depressed, but this can make things worse. This drinking or use of drugs can cause dependency.

Should your doctor prescribe you medication for depression, take it. Never take less or more than what the doctor recommends and never stop taking them without a doctor’s consent. In many cases, it is a good idea to get patients off their medications slowly, since a sudden halt can backfire.

Vitamins and Minerals That Help With Depression

Omega 3 fatty acids, the kind that are found in fish oil, help with brain chemistry.

B vitamins are mood enhancers.  A Danish study found that people who had depression were low in vitamin B6. Vitamin B12 may also be lacking.

A study in Norway found that a lack of Vitamin D produced fewer depression symptoms in the test group.

Probiotics are also very important.  The health of our intestines affects the health of the whole body.  So be sure to keep your gut in good health.  What are things that destroy the good balance of good intestinal flora?  Sugar is one culprit.  Also, surprisingly, taking antibiotics.  While antibiotics have their purpose, once the session of using them is over, it is necessary to restore the good intestinal flora with a good probiotic.

Vitamin C is very good for the immune system and all over health.

St. John’s Wort is an herb that helps ease depression symptoms.

Cancer Depression

Sometimes depression is caused by a loved one with cancer.  If that is your concern, there is a good article here about Dr. Johanna Budwig and Cancer.  She was a seven times Nobel Prize nominee who developed a diet effective against cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.

Keep the Faith

Don’t stop.  Don’t give up.  Keep the faith.  Keep up your fight against depression.  Study this article and implement some of the suggestions.  There is hope for depression.



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Vitamins and Minerals – Some Tips

Vitamins and Minerals Included?  Read Labels

People read labels on boxes and cans to see what vitamins and minerals they are getting. If you don’t already do that, you should. You might be surprised! Sometimes it is 0% ! You will find many of the nutrients you need in fruits and vegetables, but you should focus on fresh over processed or canned. They help give the body the healthy nutrients that it needs. It is the canned versions that may have 0% of the nutrients you need. Read the label.

Balance Your Diet

If you want to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need, make sure your diet is balanced and healthy. Get five to seven servings of produce each day. It is important you buy organic produce whenever possible.
Also, wash it thoroughly. Take a good supplement and be sure to get protein and good fats. Plus, buying organic all the time can be expensive. By taking a good supplement, it helps fill in the gaps.

Strong bones need calcium. You must also have a good amount of vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. Sunlight is a great form of vitamin D. These can all help in the calcium absorption process.

You can get vitamin D from milk and sun exposure. If you are not a big milk drinker or do not spend a lot of time in the sun, you should take a supplement with vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for your bones and it keeps them strong.

Red Blood

Iron is crucial to red blood cell production. Red blood cells are what carry oxygen around your body. Women need more iron than men, and often vitamin supplements that are specifically for women will have extra iron. You can ask your doctor if he thinks you are getting enough iron. You don’t want to get too much iron, though. Iron is one of those supplements where too much can be a bad thing.

Vitamins C and A

As for Vitamin C, it is very difficult to overdose on Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to health. The human body does not make vitamin C. Other mammals, for example, dogs, do create their own vitamin C. But humans do not so be sure to get Vitamin C every day in the foods you eat or by taking a good supplement. A buffered or time-released version of Vitamin C is a good way to ingest it.

Your body needs Vitamin A, as it makes you see better, reduces skin problems, promotes a healthy immune system, and reduces the chances of heart disease. Don’t go over the daily recommendations for dose, though. A great way to get vitamin A would be through squash, carrots, and dark leafy greens.


Fast Foods Quick to Deliver on Time, Slow to Deliver on Health

In today’s difficult economic times we often neglect our bodies by eating from the dollar menu at our favorite fast food restaurant depriving it of the vitamin and minerals we require. Get a good multi-vitamin to keep your body healthy.

Be An Informed Consumer

You should always question the source of the information you receive about vitamin and mineral supplements. Many companies use false advertisements. For this reason, be informed. Should you have doubts, speak with your physician about the supplement.  Vitamins and minerals are important.  You have one body.  Learn about them and get adequate amounts every day.



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