Juice Plus+ For Improved Health

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WHAT IS JUICE PLUS+?

Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including all the amazing antioxidants in 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains just minus the water. Juice Plus is available in chewable and capsule form. Both forms deliver the same healthful benefits.

 HOW DOES IT IMPACT HEALTH?

Juice Plus+ contains multiple antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate, which strengthen cells involved in immune functioning. This is important because antioxidants do exactly what the name implies; they prevent oxidation reactions in the body. Oxidation causes “free radicals” which damage cells and cause aging. It’s okay to have oxidative reactions in the body, but we don’t want the by-products, free radicals, wreaking havoc and making us sick. Oxidative stress has been associated with many diseases including, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

  • Researchers conducted a 6-month study on Juice Plus+ to determine the preventive effects on common cold symptoms (Roll, Nocon, & Willich 2011). Juice Plus+ led to a 20% reduction in common cold symptom days in healthcare workers exposed to patient contact.
  • A Florida study found significantly increased antioxidant plasma levels in a group of stressed out law students who took Juice Plus+ for 77-days (Nantz, Rowe, Nieves, & Percival, 2008). This means that despite their stress the law students had increased antioxidants in their bloodstream.
  • Research demonstrated increased immune functioning and improved inflammatory markers in a 28-week period in police special forces trained men (Lamprecht, Oettl, Schwaberger, Hofmann, & Greilberger, 2007). Thus, men who are physically fit and active have reduced inflammation and higher antioxidants in their bloodstream.

Juice Plus+ has been researched by leading hospitals and universities. There are over 30 research studies that validate the benefits of Juice Plus+.   Therefore, it is a great way to enhance health and prevent disease in children and adults. Order yours today by clicking on  this link.

References

Lamprecht, M., Oettl, K., Schwaberger, G., Hofmann, P., & Greilberger, J. (2007). Several indicators of oxidative stress, immunity, and illness improved in trained men consuming an encapsulated juice powder concentrate for 28 weeks. The Journal of Nutrition, 2737 -2741.

Nantz, M., Rowe, C., Nieves, C., & Percival, S. (2008). Immunity and antioxidant capacity in humans is enhanced by consumption of a dried, encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice concentrate. Journal of Nutrition, 136: 2606-2610.

Roll, S., Nocon, M., & Willich, S. (2011). Reduction of common cold symptoms by encapsulated juice powder concentrate of fruits and vegetables: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 105, 118-122.

Research Participants Needed

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WHY PARTICIPATE?

Mental health disorders are rising in children and being referred to as an epidemic. Numerous studies have shown micronutrient deficiencies and poor diet quality are suspected of playing a contributory role in the escalation of certain disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.   Conventional treatment for social emotional disorders in children typically involves medication, including stimulant medication and antidepressants. Medications only treat the symptoms of the disorder and not the cause. Parents are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medicine to treat their children with a method that is individualized and holistic. Thus, the relationship between diet and mental health has become of increasing interest in recent years.

WHAT DOES THE STUDY ENTAIL?

I’m conducting research on the link between social emotional functioning and nutrient intake in children ages three to five-years-old. The information gained will offer an alternative or supplemental treatment modality to psychotropic drugs. Participants will be asked to complete a personality test and 3-day diet record.  If you are interested in being part of this study and learning more about your child’s nutrient intake and social emotional functioning please contact me as soon as possible at Tracy@mindfulchildwellness.com.

Child’s Pose Press

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Child’s Pose Press is one of my favorite yoga techniques. It is very calming and helps to center children when they are having a bad day. Best of all it can be done anywhere.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Relieves stress
  • Eases back strain
  • Centers the child
  • Reduces excess energy

HOW DOES IT WORK?

At the base of the spine just above the sacrum, there is an area where several nerve endings come together. When you apply gentle pressure to this area it has a calming affect on the nervous system.

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Have the child go into child’s pose. Sit behind him and firmly run your hands up and down his back from top to bottom. This will stretch and open up the vertebrae in the spine. Rest your hands one on top of the other at the base of his back. Breathe in together and as you exhale press into this area with your hands. As you apply pressure, also pull back energetically. Breathe with him for five breathes. If the child is upset this can be extended. While breathing visualize calm positive energy coming out of your hands. Draw the hands firmly up and down the back one more time then release them from the child’s back. Resume your yoga routine. This can be done several times if the child is having a bad day or displays excess energy.  If you are not trained in yoga it is best to seek a yoga professional and receive hands-on training before attempting this at home.  Namaste.

The Healing Power of Hot Yoga

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What is hot yoga?

Hot yoga is yoga performed in a heated room. There are typically two hatha styles associated with hot yoga. One is a flowing series, Vinyasa, and the other is a series of static postures, Bikram.

How is hot yoga healing?

There are multiple healing benefits to practicing hot yoga. As a long distance runner I can attest first hand to the many benefits of hot yoga; however, for this post I’ll just review the top three.

  1.  Injury reduction. In Western society we spend way too much time doing exercises that tighten our muscles such as running or cycling. The heated environment relaxes the muscles, which prepares our body for stretching. As muscles and joints warm, they release, lessening resistance to movement.
  2. Detox. When the body becomes warm, blood flow is increased, which speeds up the metabolic processes of vital organs helping release toxins. Sweat, not only cools us down, but it clears the body of internal toxins.
  3. Strengthens immune system. The body responds to the heat by producing white blood cells, which, in turn, boosts the immune system; aiding in relaxation; and quicker healing of connective tissue injuries and circulatory disease symptoms.

Where can I try hot yoga?

There are multiple studios in the Kansas City area that offer hot yoga. Luckily, I teach both.  EZ hot yoga is an introductory hot yoga class that is heated to 95 degrees. There is limited flowing with an emphasis on holding poses, similar to the Bikram series. I also teach an intermediate class, Hot Vinyasa.   My classes are offered at Exhale Yoga KC in Leawood, Kansas. Come see me! Not hot enough; try a Bikram class, which is heated to 105 degrees. Hot yoga is great cross training.  Additionally, it can provide a much needed refuge from the winter chill; leaving you feeling calm and detoxed.

Reference

Barnett, M. (2003). Hot Yoga. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc: Hauppauge, NY

 

 

 

Green Tea; A Cup of Calm.

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Did you know the calming effect of green tea actually comes from the amino acid, theanine? Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins help the body grow, breakdown food, and repair body tissue. Good stuff.

HOW IT WORKS

Theanine increases the brain’s levels of alpha waves, which, in turn, produce a combination of relaxation and mental sharpness, almost like a meditative state. OM.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Mental sharpness. Alpha waves, which theanine increases, have been linked to mental acuity and improved learning.
  • Stress protector. Studies show college students who took 200mg of theanine before tests had significantly less stress than those who didn’t.
  • Relaxation. Theanine leads to more alpha waves, which leads to relaxation and best of all no drowsiness.
  • Insomnia. Theanine can improve sleep quality – while keeping the mind sharp and energized.

Sensational. Green tea increases mental sharpness, relaxation, and helps with insomnia. Put the kettle on the stove – let’s drink to that.

Reference

Challem, J. Brechka, N. (2007). L-theanine the calm in your cup of tea, Better Nutrition, 32, 34-35.

 

 

 

 

Lets Get Physical Fundraiser!

HeavyTreadmillJoin us tomorrow , December 6th, for an 80’s fundraiser! This awesome event will  feature a glow in the dark yoga sequence, silent auction, refreshments, and a photo booth. The totally rad party will take place at Radiant Yoga + Wellness at 6:00 P.M.  Please come at least 15 minutes early to check-in.  The cost is $35.00 per person with all proceeds benefitting Team Healthy Kids. What are you waiting for?  Lets Get Physical for a good cause!

Fun Ways to Teach Breath Control

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“Breathe in,

Breathe out,

Release the stress; just let it all out.”  -MC Yogi

Some say yoga is breathing.  Breathing is what sustains life so that makes it pretty important, right?  Taking 9 deep inhalations will not only calm the parasympathetic nervous system, but supply oxygen to muscles and organs.

Babies fill their bellies with air completely every time they inhale and exhale, but somewhere along the way this calm, healing style is lost and shallow breathing is substituted.  Shallow partial breathing can result in decreased focus, low energy, and heightened anxiety.  Ugh! Lucky for us there is yoga.

BREATHING PRACTICE

Have children sit up tall in Easy Pose, lay down in Corspe Pose, or stand up tall in Mountain Pose.  It may be helpful to have them breath while slumped forward at first.  Then push the shoulders back and down, discussing the difference.  Here are three of my favorite ways to teach breath control:

  1.  Use cool props.  Children love props.  My favorite prop is the hoberman sphere, which is pictured above.  Not only does it glow in the dark, but it is also a great way to show children how the belly needs to fill with air on the inhale and be completely empty on the exhale.  Turn off the lights and put on the Star Wars theme.  Before you know it children will be using Ujjiya breath to sound like Darth Vader. KSSSSH KUHHH
  2.  Play games.  Have children start at the back of their mats.  Give them a wide straw and have them blow a cotton ball to the front of their mats.  After a couple practice rounds have a race.  Remember to emphasize long inhalations and exhalations.
  3.  Use aromatherapy.  Check for allergies before using this technique.  Also, some children with special needs can be sensitive to essential oils so when in doubt go without.  Name it something fun like “jungle juice” and spray it on their hands.  Have them slowly lower their hands to their nose at the end of a jungle themed practice and breathe deeply 9 times. They will love it!

I teach breath control in every yoga session, but I do it in a fun way so children enjoy it.  This is the only physiological system we have conscious control over so why not use it to be calm and happy?

Namaste.

 

 

Action for Healthy Kids

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Action for Healthy Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places. The development of lifelong habits that promote health and learning is of the upmost importance with the current rise in obesity rates. It is a significant concern, especially in children due to the higher risk of not only medical issues, but psychiatric problems as well

Action for Healthy Kids guiding document, Commitment to Change, provides schools with a blueprint to transform schools into healthier environments by:

  • Ensuring schools have an updated wellness policy
  • Providing all students, with physical activity and healthy eating educational programs
  • Ensuring children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  • Making sure all school foods meet nutrition standards

I ran the Chicago marathon with Action for Healthy Kids in 2012 and 2013 and have been a volunteer and fundraiser for this organization since 2012.  Without the help of Action for Healthy Kids, 1,000’s of children would not have a nutritional breakfast, lunch or physical education program, which would, in turn,  hinder their physical and mental development.

On December 6th, Mindful Child Wellness will host an 80’s yoga fundraiser along with a silent auction at Radiant Yoga + Wellness, 4431 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209. Please consider joining us for this fun event benefiting Action for Healthy Kids.  Unable to attend, consider making a donation to support this amazing organization. Ready?…

 

 

Top Five Ways To Have Radiant Skin

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Teenagers have a multitude of things to worry about. Teaching them these simple, healthy habits will reduce stress and improve self-confidence.

  •  Eat fruits and vegetables. Phytonutrients or nutrients derived from plants are important for your body to not only feel great, but look great as well. To have healthy looking skin it is important to get at least 90% of your daily calories from phytonutrient rich plants, especially fruits and vegetables. Busy, and not able to eat a smorgasbord of plants, then consider taking Juice Plus+. Clinical trials have shown Juice Plus+ improves the immune system, cardiovascular system, reduces inflammation, and enhances antioxidant status in the blood.
  • Drink Water. Water is an essential part of remaining healthy. Dehydration can cause skin to become dry, which makes it more prone to wrinkles. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will not only give you radiant skin, but aide in overall health by helping with circulation, absorption and even digestion.
  •  Use a night cream. Why at night? Nighttime is when the body restores itself so what better time to restore the skin. Nerium offers a fantastic night cream that is proven to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and improve the overall look of your skin.
  • Exercise at least three times per week. When you sweat the body cleanses from the inside. Hot yoga is an OMazing way to gently detox and cleanse your skin. Sweating increases circulation and opens pores; therefore, sugar, salt, alcohol, and other toxins may be eliminated from the body just by attending a heated yoga class or going for a run. Okay, I’m a little biased since I’m a marathon runner and hot yoga instructor. In fairness to other forms of exercise – any vigorous activity that causes you to sweat for 60 minutes or longer is going to help the skin look younger and be a terrific detox.
  •  Get at least 8 hours of sleep. We all know what we look like when we’ve not gotten enough sleep. As stated above the skin repairs, restores, and rebalances at night. Not getting enough sleep can result in tired looking skin. So get those ZZZZ’s.

Yoga Dog. Let’s Make It Happen!

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So what is Yoga Dog? Yoga Dog is going to be an amazing television show that incorporates yoga along with life lessons. Shakta Khalsa, world-renowned yoga instructor and author, is the creative collaborator and special matter expert behind Yoga Dog. Shakta has taught more than 20,000 people yoga. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and had the privilege to train under. She is donating Yoga Dog to every U.S. military base and school, which is so needed with the current rise in pediatric mental health problems and obesity.

In less than a month $300K is needed to make the pilot. Yoga Dog is for children of all abilities.  Yoga Dog encourages self-awareness, self-regulation, nutrition, and hydration. What more could you want in a children’s television series? Please help Yoga Dog become a reality by donating so that he can help children be healthy and happy.

Donation Link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1015671288/yoga-dog

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