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4 Nutrients Every Adult Needs

It might surprise you to learn that many adults don’t get enough of the important nutrients we need to keep our bodies healthy and strong. Four nutrients in particular were singled out in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as “of concern” because too many of us aren’t getting enough of these essentials.

Here are the four, how much you need and the best ways to get them.

1. Potassium (4,700 milligrams a day) is an essential when it comes to managing blood pressure, potassium lowers blood pressure, sodium raises it. This mineral may also help with kidney stones and bone loss. Your best food source is the potato, but other natural sources include prunes, carrots, oranges, tomatoes and beans like white, lima and soy. Potassium is also in fish like halibut, tuna and cod and in dairy like milk and yogurt.

2. Vitamin D (600 IUs a day, 800 IUs daily at 70) works with calcium to enhance bone strength, and because we’re all avoiding sun exposure an estimated 20% of the population is deficient in the so-called sunshine vitamin. Get more from fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) in egg yolks, milk and orange juice as well as mushrooms that are grown in sunlight.

3. Calcium (1,000 mg daily, 1,200 mg daily for women over 50, all adults over 70) is essential for prevention of osteoporosis and bone fractures, this nutrient is also critical to our muscles and nerves. You get this from the sources we all know, dairy products like milk and yogurt, and today non dairy milks like soy and almond are also fortified with calcium. Orange juices are fortified and other natural sources include salmon, kale, turnip greens and some types of tofu.

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4. Fiber (25 grams/day for women, 38 grams/day for men) is the natural part of foods that helps your digestive tract stay healthy and working well. It may also lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, though the typical American diet isn’t loaded with fiber – far from it. You get fiber from beans (navy, white, lima, pinto, black), most veggies and fruits, whole grain breads and pasta

If you have concerns about your own nutrition, talk with your health care team to look at your own needs.

As we age, our bodies, activity levels and lifestyles change, which means that our nutritional needs change too. Keep in mind that people need about 20% fewer calories at age 80 than they did at age 30. Blame a slower metabolism and a more sedentary lifestyle. Other things that can have an impact include less of a sense of taste and smell, spending more time inside, having trouble chewing or following a diet that’s restricted due to a health condition, eating alone and dealing with loss of appetite or a medication that may prevent the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

If you’re a healthy adult and eating that way you probably don’t need a supplement. Experts continue to tell us that food is the best, most natural source of vitamins and minerals.

To your good health,

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Better Work/Life Balance: 5 Tips

It’s hard to juggle the demands of work, and the responsibilities of home… everyone agrees to this yet many of us are putting in extra hours, using smartphones or tablets to be available when we are away from work. This makes it harder than it’s ever been to strike that all-important balance between work and home.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to have control over the hours you have to put in, you can look for other ways to bring joy and fun into your life. Focus your effort and attention on the things you can affect, and make changes there. Here are five great ideas for brining more balance into your busy life.

1. Build  downtime into your routine, that is, make it a point to schedule time with family/friends/hobbies that recharge you. This gives you something to look forward to, and the incentive to manage your time wisely so you can be at the activity. Be proactive about scheduling things that matter to you.

2. Stop the activities that sap your time/energy, so you’re not wasting your time on actions or people that add no value. Take stock of the activities that don’t add to your career or personal life, and minimize the time you have to spend on them. Besides gossipy coworkers, this includes limiting time on the web and social media or attending to personal business on work time.

3. Rethink your errands to see if you can outsource any of the time wasting housework or errands. Ordering groceries online is a great idea. Hire a younger neighbor to mow the lawn. Bank and buy stamps online. Have dry cleaning picked up and dropped off. Even a tight budget will see the benefit in time (gas) saved.

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4. Get moving because exercise is a natural way to boost your energy level and help you concentrate. Making the time in a packed schedule is really worth it in the long run. Research finds that exercise can help you be more alert and it certainly helps you feel better and stay healthier.

5. A little relaxation is all you need. You don’t have to make big, life altering changes to see the benefit of more balance in your life. Set realistic goals, like leaving work early one night a week and see how things go. You can slowly build more pleasurable activities into your schedule, the ones that really matter to you. Even on the most hectic days you can take a break (10 to 15 minutes is fine) to do something that will reenergize you. Go for a walk. Listen to music. Whatever you enjoy will work perfectly.

It seems that more and more working people are coming to an understanding of the reality. It’s nearly impossible to have two working parents with full time, challenging jobs, since life at home calls for lots of man-hours, not to mention the huge investment of emotion, passion. You can’t have both and be good at both; choices need to be made, so it’s wonderful to see people starting to have realistic conversations about work/life balance for women and men.

To your good health,

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10 Never-Ignore Symptoms For Women

Nothing elicits real fear like the word cancer attached to your own name, so it makes sense to be watchful when it comes to symptoms you experience that don’t seem right. There are cases, too many of them, when having all the screenings right on time is simply not enough to catch a cancer. Sometimes it’s simple timing… a scan was done before cancer was present, or at a detectible size. Screenings alone are not enough, vigilance is also call for in the fight to prevent cancer..

Fear is natural, understandable and nothing to feel badly about. Change is not an easy thing to acknowledge, to face, for anyone, and the suspicion of cancer is the worst type of change. BUT, if you don’t respond, or let fear keep you from responding to one of these symptoms, you will do yourself more harm than good. You will give cancer a foothold it never should have had.

Here are the symptoms that warrant taking action now…

1. Breast changes such as a lump, even if you have had a normal mammogram. Also, if your nipple gets scaly or starts flaking this can be a sign of Paget’s disease of the nipple, associated with an underlying cancer in almost 95 of all cases. Any milky or bloody nipple discharge or dimpling of the skin over the breast (with the look of an orange skin) should also be checked.

Tests to expect: breast exam, medical history, mammogram and often a sonogram, biopsy depending on results.

2. Irregular vaginal bleeding after menopause is a warning sign. Bleeding, staining, little drops on your panties or big clots are not normal and need to be checked out by your doctor. For younger women, bleeding that’s unusual for you (between periods, heavier periods) should be investigated right away..

Tests to expect: transvaginal sonogram, biopsy depending on the sonogram results.

3. Rectal bleeding can be a warning sign of colon cancer, the third most common cancer in women, and should not be ignored. You might put this down to hemorrhoids, and while this is a common cause, you need to be sure, this isn’t always the case. Red or dark blood in your stool calls for a visit to the doctor.

Tests to expect: rectal exam, colonoscopy

4. Vaginal discharge that’s smelly can be a first line symptom of cervical cancer. This discharge can have blood in it, and might come between periods or even after menopause. Do not self-treat this discharge, instead go in for an exam to see what’s happening.

Tests to expect: internal exam, swab of fluids, blood tests

5. Bloating is one of the four most frequent symptoms of ovarian cancer, the others being a full feeling that comes when you eat that’s typically earlier than you would normally fill up, a change in bowel or bladder habits as well as low back and/or pelvic pain. Having one or two of these symptoms occasionally isn’t all that strange, but if you have two (or more) symptoms daily for over two weeks, call your doctor. Do not wait, as ovarian cancer is the number one killer of reproductive organ cancers.

Tests to expect: pelvic exam, transvaginal sonogram, blood testing to check for cancerous cells

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6. Unexplained weight gain/loss (10 pounds or more) if you typically keep yourself at a normal weight and your gaining extra weight month to month this is something to watch. Sometimes this is the first sign of a growing cancer and is often linked to pancreatic, stomach, esophagus or even cancer of the lung. The weight might also be the result of a buildup of fluid in the abdomen related to ovarian cancer, so you need to see your doctor about this.

Tests to expect: thyroid test, sonogram of the abdomen, other blood work

7. Persistent cough, one that lingers for over 2 to 3 weeks and is not tied to an allergy or upper respiratory infection should be investigated at once. Also, if your cough produces any blood, you need to see your doctor to be examined. The majority of lung cancers that happen in nonsmokers also happen in women.

Tests to expect: chest x-ray, CT scan

8. Change in lymph nodes. If the nodes in your neck or under your arms feel hard, you need to see a doctor. Though this can often be caused by an infection, other cancers that have spread can first be seen by an enlarged lymph node.

Tests to expect: physical, biopsy

9. Fatigue is extreme tiredness that will not improve with rest. If you’re often feeling this way, it’s time for a visit to your doctor as leukemia, colon or stomach cancers often bring fatigue as a symptom. A symptoms that’s all too easy to ignore.

Tests to expect: physical exam, blood tests for thyroid function

10. Skin Changes include sores in the mouth that won’t heal; sores or irritated skin in the vaginal area that won’t clear or changes in moles or the pigmented lesions on the vulva itself all can be the first clues to aggressive cancers.

Tests to expect: biopsy

If any of the symptoms listed here are persistent and progressive for a two-week period, it’s time to make a call to your doctor. Now. Today.

To your good health,

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Which Burns More Calories, Running Or Walking?

You may have heard that running or walking one mile burns the same number of calories, despite the difference in exercise, but this is not true. So let’s settle this ongoing debate, once and for all. Experts recommend adults do two types of activity each week – moderate intensity aerobics and muscle strengthening, but they now understand that calories burned by either activity are impacted by many factors.

Turns out, the distance itself isn’t really involved with the total calories you burn with a walk or run. How long you exercise, how fast/hard the session is, your starting weight and your fitness level are all involved in the number of calories you’ll burn. If you’re looking for a realistic idea of calorie burn, a good rule of thumb is that one minute of vigorous intensity exercise is almost the same as 2 minutes of moderate intensity exercise.

You do burn fewer calories when you workout at a lower intensity rate, BUT if you exercise for longer, in some cases, you might burn the same number of calories from a walk compared to a run. Exercising at a more intense level burns more calories per minute and this is more important than the distance you go. What’s more, if you weigh more, you burn more calories during the same workout than someone who weighs less. And if you’re more fit, you burn fewer calories during the workout but you burn m ore calories from fat when you are in good shape.

So, what experts can say is that a more intense workout (running) is a more efficient form of exercise, yet many people are not able to run due to an injury or arthritis. If this is you, workout as intensely as you can, but keep in mind that you’ll have to exercise for longer to burn that same amount of calories.

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To up the intensity of a walk, try walking on an incline or alternate running and walking. These is a smart approach for those who are ready to move to a more intense program, or are looking to improve their overall fitness levels but do not want to choose another form of exercise.

Both moderate and intense levels of activity are of value. The activity recommendations for adults are 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week OR 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, in addition to any strength training you do. Walking and running are equally popular among American adults, and both are great ways to improve your health and fitness. If you’re looking for weight loss, running wins hands down, especially if you keep running as you age.

This is not to say that vigorous exercise is the only thing you need to do to lose weight. Or that running is the only exercise of the right intensity that you might try. Swimming and cycling are also fantastic options. All this is for nothing if you’re also not watching your calorie intake in order to drop unwanted pounds. Remember too, that moderate exercise, like slower walking, gardening and the like are also good for you. Any exercise you do is better than none at all.

To your good health,

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Tips To Prevent Traveler’s Constipation

Vacations are always wonderful, all but the one thing that often accompanies being away from home, suffering with traveler’s constipation. According to the experts there are several very natural reasons why constipation is more common when you travel. It comes from the travel induced changes you make to your diet and drinking patterns, the strange timing of meals and disruption to your familiar routine, not to mention the limited access to privacy in restrooms.

Here’s how to prevent this nasty issue…

-Start taking probiotic supplements a few days before you head off. These good for you bacteria are in both yogurt and kefir, and help cut gas and bloating, the issues that typically come up because you eat less fiber and exercise less than you do at home. Probiotic capsules that have as much as 10 times more probiotics than fortified foods are often the smart choice to prep for a trip.

- Swallow some activated charcoal tables before you board a plane to help absorb gas. All that gum chewing and sucking on hard candy you do to pop your ears when you fly often gives you “jet bloat”. The higher the altitude, the more the gas in your body naturally expands.

-Pack your own food as the unhealthy goodies you’ll run into on your trip will not be your digestive system’s friend later on. You might try a whole-wheat sandwich, some trail mix or fruits like apples and bananas that you bring along in favor  of airport foods. It’s also a good idea to pack a water bottle as dehydration is a major factor in constipation, and a reliable source of water isn’t the easiest
thing to come by sometimes.

-Drink plenty of water once you reach your destination, and try to get back to consuming at least 25 grams of fiber a day to keep things as comfortable and regular as possible.

- Eat the hotel breakfast as eating stimulates the reflex that causes materials to move forward though the digestive tract. When nothing moves, you won’t go, so give your system the kick it needs right off by eating a good breakfast.

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-Stay away from laxatives, even over the counter ones, and their harsh workings and instead bring along milk of magnesia or drink prune juice. Sipping on hot tea is another gentle, safe way to give your digestive system a little push.

- Go when you feel the need; don’t put off having a bowel movement because you feel rushed. It’s important to give yourself the time it takes to have an undisturbed visit to the restroom.
-Make sure you’re active enough as this helps your bowels stay active too. You need to work some regular exercise every day into your vacation, along with drinking plenty of water as you do so. Even walking around an airline terminal, or seeing the sights at your destination count.

All these are great strategies that are idea to use on your next trip to keep your digestive system running regularly so that you can truly enjoy your vacation.

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14 Fantastic Foods For Diabetics, Part 2

In part one of the series, we talked about the challenges for diabetics when it comes to keeping your blood sugar in the healthy range. Sure you’ll need to limit some foods, but you will still be able to enjoy many others.

There are so many choices that we had to break the list up into a two part series. All the foods we talk about, both here and in our first part, make the cut because they’re full of good for you nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fats, calcium and vitamin D. Plus they’re versatile too, so you can add them to a favorite recipe, eat them as a meal or a try one as a standalone snack.

Here are our next seven fantastic foods…

1. Dates are a chewy fruit that might not look like much, but once you eat one you’ll be rewarded with a delicious taste and texture. Besides tasting good, dates have lots of fiber so they’re a wonderful, diabetes friendly snack you can enjoy anywhere. What’s more, there are lots of antioxidants in that little package; more per serving than grapes, oranges, broccoli and peppers says one study. You might try stuffing dates with pecan or walnut halves for a very satisfying snack, or add them into cookies or breads.

2. Greens are more than just lettuce, and include turnip, chard, mustard and beet greens all are incredible sources of fiber and calcium. The folate in greens makes them a good choice for your heart, as it appears to bring down levels of homocysteine, an enzyme that in the wrong amounts can up your heart disease risks. Use greens in entrees, salads and sandwiches, or you might try tossing mustard, collard or beet greens with artichoke hearts in olive oil.

3. Lentils are naturally packed with fiber as well as having plenty of folate, just about the 400 that adults should be getting each day. Lentils are a great alternative source of protein if you don’t like meats, but they also give you a variety of vitamins and minerals too. Your best bet for eating lentils is to add them to soups or pasta dishes for extra texture, or have them as a side dish in place of beans. There are also Indian dishes that use lentils as a staple, so you might try this dish as well.

4. Flaxseed is tiny but packs a huge punch in terms of nutrition. Although best known as a source of fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that your body turns into omega-3s EPA and DHA, these seeds show promise for bringing down both your cholesterol numbers and blood sugar, as well as having benefits to your heart.

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5. Walnuts are a delicious, though high calorie, food that has lots of fiber and ALA (the precursor to omega-3s DHA and EPA from above) but does need to be eaten in moderation – count out your portion if your watching your weight (and even if you’re not). Walnuts are a portable, healthy snack, but when you chop them they can be a great way to top a salad, or add some crunch to cookies, brownies, even veggies.

6. Peanut butter has been found by some research to be linked to a reduced risk of diabetes. The natural fiber content might have a part to play in this. What’s more, peanut butter has mostly monounsaturated fats, so you should think of it as a heart healthy option. Calories are a bit on the high side, so watch your portions.

7. Dark chocolate is naturally loaded with antioxidant flavonoids so it might actually help your good and bad cholesterol numbers and even bring down your blood pressure. You’ll need to watch the calories on this one as well. You might try shaved or melted dark chocolate over either strawberries or raspberries for a light, delicious and healthy end to a meal.

All 14 foods, from both this article and part 1, give you plenty of tasty options that are good tasting and good for you as well.

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14 Fantastic Foods For Diabetics, Part 1

For diabetics, managing blood sugar is a constant task, and often leaves patients obsessing over the things they can’t eat anymore. That’s not exactly helpful now, and while yes, you must limit white flour, refined breads and pastas as well as fried, fatty or processed foods, you also need to open yourself up to the things you can have.

There are many foods, good tasting and good for you choices that experts have identified as great for those with diabetes. So many in fact, we can’t fit them all in one article, so this list will appear in two parts – this being the first. All the foods you’ll learn about in this series make the cut because they’re full of healthy nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fats, calcium and vitamin D. What’s more, each of them is very versatile, able to be added to a favorite recipe, eaten as a meal or a standalone snack.

Let’s begin with the first seven…

1. Beans are a source of fiber (known to steady blood sugar) and calcium, as well as being an excellent source of protein that’s low in saturated fat. You can add beans to salads, soups, chili and other dishes, and there are many different types of beans, so you can have a different variety each day.

2. Dairy is the best source of calcium and vitamin D, a powerful diabetes-quelling combo that includes choices like yogurt, cottage cheese and milk. Stick with low fat or fat free varieties, as the “regular” is full of saturated fat. It’s a good idea to drink milk with a few meals in place of other beverages, and try yogurt or a cottage cheese for a snack. Milk can also be used to make oatmeal and even some soups.

3. Salmon is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, the good fats that cut the risk of heart disease, help you trim your waistline, cut inflammation in the body and most beneficial for diabetics, improve your insulin resistance. The bonus, salmon is one of the best non-dairy sources of vitamin D there is. Try sautéing a fillet in place of chicken or another meat one to two times a week, or add canned salmon to a salad or omelet.

4. Tuna is another fantastic fish that’s loaded with omega-3 fats and a nice amount of vitamin D as well. One caution is that tuna has been known to be high in mercury, so to be safe buy canned light tuna in place of albacore and don’t eat more than 12 ounces per week.

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5. Barley is one of the healthiest grains (9th in a type of soluble fiber known as beta glucan) and has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol by keeping your body from absorbing cholesterol. Because it is also a natural source of fiber, barley can steady your blood sugar while helping you feel full. There’s even a modest measure of calcium in barley, just for good measure. Eat hulled barley from a health food store, soaking it overnight before cooking, then you can add the cooked barely to soups, rice pilaf or a delicious stew.

6. Oats have an amazing fiber content, which makes them the equal of both barley and beans on our list of fabulous diabetes foods. Eating oats has been shown by research to lower the total and LDL cholesterol and improve insulin resistance too. It’s all that soluble fiber that slows the rate at which your body breaks down and absorbs carbs – this keeps your blood sugar levels more stable.

7. Berries are sweet and come loaded with both fiber and antioxidants known as polyphenols. The antioxidants in berries are also great for your heart, research showing that those who ate berries for 8 weeks had lower blood pressure and an uptick in HDL (good) cholesterol. Berries are delicious when added into oatmeal, ice cream or atop a salad. A batch of fresh berries will freeze well, so you can put them away and always have some on hand.

Some pretty tasty options, aren’t they? Watch for part 2 to find more good foods not only for diabetics, but for all of us.

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Four Unexpected Benefits From Veggies

Like most Americans, you’re probably not eating enough vegetables. You know they’re natural. You know they’re good for your body, help to fend off diseases and perhaps support your efforts to drop a few pounds, but you just don’t reach for a vegetable when mealtime comes. To help motivate you (and ourselves) here are 4 great reasons to take in more good-for-you veggies.

REASON #1: Veggies fight ugly belly bloat. You might think that vegetables will give you a bloated belly, but in truth, the opposite is the case. Veggies are rich sources of natural fiber, and this flushes out waste and gastric irritants, prevents constipation because it keeps the digestion moving.

Veggies might also have you looking leaner because they counter the bloat that comes with taking in too much salt. Most Americans get almost two times the recommended intake of sodium in a typical restaurant meal or by eating an instant variety of soup. Veggies have lots of potassium and water, and this helps flush that excess sodium out of the body, restoring the natural fluid balance of the body.

If you find you have a bit of gas when you add more fiber to your diet, try steamed veggies instead of raw. The heat from cooking breaks down some of the fiber and this helps keep your gastric distress to a minimum as your body adjusts to the higher intake.

REASON #2: Veggies give you glowing, younger looking skin. Vegetables are a natural way to prevent the unwanted signs of aging, keeping skin young and supple. This is thanks to abundant phytonutrient vitamin C and high water content. In fact, many veggies are naturally from 85%-95% water, and this is what hydrates the skin and cuts down on the wrinkles.

The phytonutrients that are a part of all vegetables also guard against early aging by protecting against cell damage due to stress, sun exposure, pollution and other toxins that are in the environment all around us. Vitamin C helps form collagen according to more than one study.

The bright colors of red and orange veggies give you an added benefit – beta-carotene, and this protects against sun damage to the skin. The lycopene naturally in red veggies has also been found to act as a natural sunscreen.

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REASON #3: Veggies reduce your stress levels. You know that stress can leave you feeling tired and out of sorts, and this does no favors for your ability to make good nutrient rich food choices. Emotional eating and binges are often the result. What happens to the body is that nutrients like vitamin C and magnesium are quickly depleted. Luckily, vegetables have the very nutrients you need, as well as B vitamins that are known to fight anxiety and depression and tension reducing omega-3 fatty acids.

Potassium and magnesium in some veggies can relax blood vessels and keep your blood pressure in the normal range according to studies. Plus, the natural fiber keeps your blood sugar levels stable, preventing you from experiencing dips in energy and the mood swings that come along with that.

REASON #4: Veggies help keep your bones strong. While you might think that dairy is all the bone protection you need, turns out that some veggies also have high levels of calcium and vitamin D as well as bone building vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and prebiotic fiber – tomatoes in particular have been shown to be connected to healthy bones. In fact, a recent study found that when you remove lycopene rich foods from the diet, a woman is at a higher risk of osteoporosis.

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Is Your Child’s Cereal Bowl Full Of Risks?

As a parent, you walk the line between nutrition and taste when it comes to the cereal your children eat to start the day. We often have (justified) concerns about too much sugar in the cereals our children eat, but too many vitamins isn’t anything you’ve heard about, until now. The troubling suggestion comes from a recent report published by the Environmental Working Group, EWG for short, that says our children appear to be taking in too much vitamin A, zinc and/or niacin from some brands of breakfast cereal due in part to antiquated labeling.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States is responsible for the “daily value” percentages on the labels; the total amounts are based on recommendations for healthy adults (not children) and have not been changed since 1968. As a comparison the IOM (Institute of Medicine) updates the daily value recommendations every year based on the current thinking in nutritional research.

The IOM guidelines for youngsters are as follows – children from 4 to 8 should get under 0.9 mg of vitamin A, 15 mg of niacin, 12 mg of zinc a day.

When the EWG analyzed the nutrition labels of over 1,500 breakfast cereals they saw that 114 (just about 7%) of them have a large amount of the recommended daily value of all three of these nutrients in each serving. As every parent knows, most kids eat more than the standard serving of 3/4 cup in one sitting. Assuming a child took in about 2.5 servings they’d meet or exceed the daily limit the IOM suggests for these nutrients. No other foods needed, no daily vitamin required.

Included on the list that included 23 “excessively fortified cereals” are bran flakes, raisin bran and wheat flakes – and while you might not expect a child to make any of these choices, cereal is still the number one source of a typical child’s nutritional intake for a day. What’s more two brands, Kellogg’s Krave and Cocoa Krispies appeal to children with a label done in a cartoon style.

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Of course the established thinking is that fortification of cereals and other foods has proven to be a successful way of helping people get the vital nutrients they need. And while getting the right amounts is key, too much of a good thing may actually be very bad for everyone, including children. The FDA does have a clear regulatory policy in place to be sure that the fortification of cereals and all foods is safe, but that might not be much help.

Another recent study discovered that 45% of children are getting too much zinc, 13% are getting too much vitamin A and 8% are getting too much niacin. If the child is taking a multivitamin, the numbers go up alarmingly, 72% of those children taking a multivitamin are actually overdosing on of vitamin A, 28% are taking in too much niacin, and as many as 84% are getting way too much zinc.

When you think overdosing on vitamins or minerals, you typically think of someone taking too many supplements, not eating too much of a particular, readily available and heavily marketed, food. The short-term consequences of excessive intake can bring on gastrointestinal issues, while the long-term effects of too much vitamin A include damage to liver and skeleton. Overdosing on zinc can bring problems to the immune system, while too much niacin is actually toxic to the liver.

As a parent, you need to pick up your child’s favorite cereal and take a good long look at the nutrition facts and fortification levels. Cut back the intake if you have a concern, or your child is showing a sympto9m of excessive intake. The EWG suggests a parent use caution when feeding their children anything with over 25% of the adult daily value of any nutrient and monitor the intake of all foods to be sure they aren’t getting an excessive amount of any nutrient. This is especially important if you are also giving your child multivitamins.

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Food Addiction, Impulsive Personality Linked

Research has brought us some rather intriguing findings on addictive eating behaviors and obesity. New work in the area suggests that the same kinds of impulses that lead some people to abuse of alcohol (and other drugs including nicotine) may also play an important part to unhealthy relationships with food. The work from the University of Georgia, appearing in the journal Appetite, shows that those with impulsive personalities were more likely to say they had higher levels of addiction to food, a compulsive pattern of eating that’s a lot like drug addiction.

Modern neuroscience has brought us a good deal of information about how drugs and alcohol corrupt parts of the brain that have evolved to release dopamine, giving the user a feeling of happiness or satisfaction. Certain foods also hijack these same brain circuits and put some on the path to compulsive eating habits, habits that bear a very close resemblance to drug addiction.

Food addiction is a new phenomenon and something that’s certainly generated its fair share of interest and comment. The food industry has given us many eating options – foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, not to mention flavorful additives. Highly palatable foods trigger feel good chemicals in the brain and appear to produce the same kind of cravings as illicit drugs do.

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The researchers, including James MacKillop associate professor of psychology in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and doctoral students Cara Murphy and Monika Stojek, hope that their findings will help doctors and other healthcare pros plan treatments and interventions for those who are obese and who have also developed an addiction to food. Such changes will help to pave the way for adopting a healthier lifestyle, one that reduces the risks of many dangerous, life altering disease that come along with all that weight.

The study employed two different, well-regarded tests, the Yale Food Addiction Scale and the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale to measure the levels of impulsivity and food addiction among the 233 subjects. The team then compared their results with the subjects’ body mass index, the measure that determines if you are at normal, overweight or obese status.

Impulsive behavior was not linked with obesity, but impulsive behaviors do have the potential to lead to food addictions. So just because you’re impulsive, you may not become obese, but some impulsive behaviors are linked to developing an addiction to food.

The research findings are the first in the area of addictive eating and how this might contribute to obesity. The team now intends to expand their study by analyzing the activity of the brain of different people as they make choices about food. Those who have an addiction to food may show a tolerance to food, eating more and more, getting less and less satisfaction from it.

To your good health,