PANDAS- The Pediatric Disorder You May Not Know About But Should

PANDAS- The Pediatric Disorder You May Not Know About But Should

PANDAS: The pediatric disorder that you should know about.

Strep throat is very painful and commonly happens around the holiday season. Most children fully recover from strep throat, but there are a few children who may not fully recover. Strep throat can trigger PANDAS or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections

Symptoms usually dramatic, happen ‘overnight’ or ‘out of the blue’, and could include vocal and/or vocal tics, compulsions and/obsessions. Other common symptoms are irritability or moodiness, or the child may experience anxiety attacks. This can be very worrying for both the parents and the children. PANDAS is rare, so it can be shocking when it is diagnosed. Here is what you need to know what about PANDAS.

Streptococcal or the strep bacteria are ancient organisms that survive in the human body by hiding from the immune system as long as it can. Most of the time, the bacteria usually hides itself on the cell walls, so it looks like the tissue that is found in the skin, heart, joints, and brain tissue. This hiding is called ‘molecular mimicry’ and it allows the bacteria to avoid detection.
However, the strep bacteria are eventually found and the immune system reacts to the bacteria by starting to produce antibodies. Due to the molecular mimicry, the immune system reacts to not only the strep bacteria, but also the tissue molecules that were mimicked. This allows the antibodies to ‘attack’ the child’s own tissues. This can cause damage to the child’s body, including the brain.

How is PANDAS Diagnosed?
PANDAS is a clinical diagnosis, which means there is no lab test that is able to diagnose PANDAS. However, there is a diagnostic criterion that is used by healthcare providers to make the diagnosis of PANDAS. Right now, the clinical features of PANDAS are the only means of determining if a child may have the illness.

PANDAS criteria are:
-Pediatric onset of symptoms
-Presence of a tic disorder and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder
-Episodic course of symptom severity
-Abrupt onset or worsening of symptoms
-Association with neurological abnormalities
-Association with group A Beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection
If the symptoms are present for more than a week, then blood tests can be done to document if there has been a preceding streptococcal infection.

PANDAS Symptoms
There are PANDAS symptoms that children often experience. This could be one or more of the following symptoms along with the tic disorder and/or obsessive compulsive disorder.
-Separation anxiety
-Mood changes
-Changes in motor skills
-Joint pain
-Trouble Sleeping
-ADHD symptoms
PANDAS Symptoms are Episodic

Children with PANDAS often have dramatic ups and downs in their tics and/or OCD. Tics or OCD are almost always present at relatively consistent levels, not as an episodic course. Most children with tics or OCD have good days and bad days. However, PANDAS have a very sudden onset or worsening of symptoms, which are usually followed by a gradual improvement. If a child with PANDAS gets sick with another strep infection, the symptoms will get worse again. Most of the time, the increased symptoms usually last for several weeks, but they can sometimes last months or even longer.

If My Child has had Strep Throat Before and He has OCD, Tics, or Both. Does that mean that they have PANDAS?
No. Many children have tics and/or OCD, and nearly all school-aged children will have strep throat at some point. On average, a grade-school student will have a minimum of two or three strep infections every year.
PANDAS is considered a diagnosis when there is a close relationship between the strep infection and the onset or worsening of the child’s tics and/or OCD. If strep is found in conjunction with two or more episodes of tics, OCD, or both, then it may be diagnosed that the child has PANDAS.

Can Adults Develop PANDAS?
PANDAS is considered a pediatric disorder. Typically, it first appears during childhood with most children ranging from age 3 to puberty. Most times, it is uncommon for PANDAS to appear after the age of 12, but researchers state that it is possible, but rare. This means that it would be very unlikely for a person to develop PANDAS as an adult, since this has been fully studied.

PANDAS Treatment
The best treatment for PANDAS acute episodes is to treat the strep infection causing the symptoms with antibiotics, if it is still present.
A throat culture should be done to see if the strep bacteria are present. If the culture comes back positive, a single course of antibiotics is most times enough to treat both the infection and the PANDAS symptoms. If the throat culture is negative, other tests may be done to ensure that the infection is not hiding as another illness. Most of the time, this is rare, but it is problematic since the infection can take longer to treat and other antibiotics may be required to fully fight off the infection.

Behavioral Therapies and Medications
Children who have PANDAS-related obsessive-compulsive symptoms can benefit from behavioral therapies and medications. OCD symptoms are best treated with a combination of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Tics can also respond to medications.
PANDAS can have side-effects with medications, so it is important to start with a low dosage when taking these medications. If the PANDAS symptoms worsen, the medications should be returned to a lower dosage. Most times, stopping medications abruptly can cause difficulties or even make the symptoms worse.

Can Penicillin Be Used to Treat PANDAS or Prevent Future Symptoms?
Penicillin does not specifically treat PANDAS. However, it does treat a sore throat by killing the bacteria in the mouth and throat. Research suggests that the antibodies the body produces in response to the strep infections are the cause of the PANDAS symptoms, not the strep bacteria itself.
There are also ongoing studies at the NIMH to determine if using antibiotics could be a form of prophylaxis or to prevent future problems. However, there is not enough evidence at this time to recommend the long-term use of antibiotics to treat PANDAS.

Replace Toothbrushes After Each Antibiotic Treatment
This is a simple way of reducing the risk of re-infection. When a child starts antibiotics and after they are done, they should have a new or sterilized toothbrush. A new toothbrush is recommended because sterilizing a toothbrush may not kill all the bacteria in it.
Children should also avoid sharing utensils because sharing utensils poses the risk of bacteria being spread. The strep bacteria can live in the human body for months without showing any symptoms, so there is no way of being a 100 percent sure that someone does not have the bacteria. The best option is for everyone to have their own utensils and avoid sharing food.
Strep Throat is very common in school-age children, and most children get sick with these infections each year. Strep throat is rarely dangerous, but there is the risk of a child developing PANDAS. PANDAS is rare, but it can have lifelong effects. The symptoms usually come and go, but they can be treated with therapy and medications. If you are worried that your child may have PANDAS, you should speak with your doctor about your concerns.

The importance of B vitamins for children

The importance of B vitamins for children

 Benefits of B Vitamins for Children, and Natural Sources of B Vitamins

Several years ago I discovered the benefits of B vitamin for children when my son was having pretty bad anxiety. He wouldn’t sleep in his bed alone and didn’t want to go to school. He became pretty obsessive on things.  B vitamins and acupuncture completely changed him for the better. I didn’t give him any supplements I just changed his diet to add them in with food.  Here is some info on why B vitamins are so important.

There are many vitamins and minerals that parents need make sure that their child are getting enough every day. It is easy to overlook the most important vitamins including B vitamins.
B vitamins are extremely beneficial for our overall health. It is widely acknowledged that B vitamins play an important part in the physical growth and mental development of children. There are 8 B vitamins, and each has its own benefits. Let’s look at why each type of Vitamin B is important for kids.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
This B Vitamin is responsible for energy production. It also is important for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. It also aids in brain functions and mental focus.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
These B vitamins are important for converting food into energy. They aid in improving mental focus and increasing brain functions. These vitamins also maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Vitamin B6 (Pyriodoxine)
Pyridoxine is important because it lowers the risk of anxiety by helping tryptophan convert into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin helps with healthy sleep cycles, mood, and appetite, and niacin is important for healthy nerve function. This vitamin also helps with red blood cell production and immune system function.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Biotin is important for breaking food down into energy since it helps reduce blood sugars. It is important for the body because it helps make and break down fatty acid, which is needed for healthy nails, skin, and hair.
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Folate works with Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) and Vitamin to use proteins in a person’s body. Vitamin B9 is essential for red blood cell production and healthy brain development, which extremely important for pregnant women and growing children.
Vitamins B12 (Cobalamin)
Cobalamin is necessary for optimal brain development and functions because it reduces the chances of depression and other mental illnesses. It is also important for constant red blood cell production. Cobalamin also aids in digestion and improves the body’s intake of iron. This is the B vitamin that affects all aspects of health in both children and adults.

Should You Add B Vitamin Supplements to Your Child’s Routine?
Vitamin B complex vitamins can contain some or all of the 8 B vitamins, and at different percentages. There are also daily vitamin supplements that contain B vitamins. These supplements have a list of what vitamins are in them. Vitamin supplements are recommended for children who are not getting enough vitamins in their daily diet. It is important to speak with a medical professional before adding vitamin supplements to a child’s daily routine.
The amount B vitamins that kid’s need depend on their age and lifestyle. If you are worried about if your child is getting enough B vitamins, you should talk to your family doctor. You can also increase the amount of B vitamins that are in their diets because many of the B vitamins can be found in food. This makes it easy to add them to an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan diet. Here is how you can easily add B vitamins to your children’s diet.

Baker’s Yeast (active yeast) and Nutritional Yeast (non-active yeast)
Both baker’s yeast and nutritional yeast are great options when you are looking to add more B vitamins to your children’s diet. Yeasts contain Vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. Yeast can be found in many foods like bread, pasta, cereals, and fermented foods.

Lentils are one of the best ways of adding B vitamins to a diet. They are inexpensive, easy to cook, and are a great meat alternative. Lentils can easily be added to soups, and chilies to boost the Vitamin B levels.

Split Peas
Split peas are legumes that are very easy to overlook, but they are packed with Vitamin B1, B5, and folate. They also contain a good amount of protein and fibre, while they have little to no fat. They can be eaten raw as a snack or they can be added to soup.

Spinach is super healthy, even though a lot of kids hate it without even trying these tasty leaves. Spinach is high in fiber, iron and B vitamins. Spinach does not have a lot of taste so it is very easy to sneak it into smoothies with other pigmented fruits like blueberries and blackberries. However, kids should also be encouraged to try spinach in salads and other meals.

Mushrooms are great for kids since they don’t just contain B vitamins, they also contain vitamin D. Vitamin D can also be found in animal products, but mushrooms are a great option for vegan and vegetarian diets.

Seeds are a great snack for kids because they are easy to carry that are high in fibre, protein, and vitamins. There are many seeds that have B vitamins in them such as pumpkin, squash and sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins B1, B5, and B6. The best part of adding seeds to kid’s diets is that they can take sunflower seeds to school because they are peanut free.

Soybeans and products made from soybeans are high in fiber and protein. They are also a good source of lecithin, which improves the emulsification of fat, lowers cholesterol, and improves the function of the gallbladder. Studies done in Japan have found that soybeans can help reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Soybean products are used in many vegetarian and vegan recipes as a meat alternative.

Eggs are a good source of B Vitamins, but only in their yolks. It is recommended if you are going to eat eggs regularly that you choose free range eggs, or omega – 3 eggs (these chickens are fed flax seed to boost omega-3 levels). You should also make sure that eggs are cooked thoroughly because uncooked egg whites contain avidin, which will bind to the biotin in the eggs and reduces the body’s absorption of these vitamins.

Should I Worry About a Vitamin B Deficiency?
A Vitamin B deficiency is when you are not getting enough vitamin B in your diet and it can happen at any age. Vitamin B deficiencies in children can have lifelong effects, depending on how long the deficiency is. This is why it is important for children to eat a healthy diet, which contains a wide variety of foods.

Vitamin B deficiency has symptoms that are not noticeable until it is worrying and starting to affect your child’s overall health. A worrying sign that you should take your child to a doctor about a vitamin B deficiency is that their balance is off, or they are wobbly or dizzy. Another sign of vitamin B deficiency is if they have a tough time focusing on tasks or remembering.

B vitamins are important for how children develop and their overall health. So, making changes in their diet is a great option to improve their B vitamins levels. There are many foods that contain high levels of B vitamins, along with other important nutrients. If you are worried that your child is not getting the daily amount of nutrients they need, you should speak with your family doctor about your concerns and find out if your child has a deficiency in any nutrient.

Why Using Mouthwash Could Be Bad For Your Health

Why Using Mouthwash Could Be Bad For Your Health

We all want to keep our smiles looking great, but most of the time using a mouthwash could be doing more harm than good. Think about this, when Listerine was first released it was marketed as a surgical antiseptic and a powerful floor cleaner. The internet is also full of shocking things that Listerine can clean, so how safe it is really?
Mouthwash has been around for thousands of years, and there is evidence that people have been using mouthwash as far back as 2700 BC in China. These mouthwashes were simple saltwater rinses, and were used to treat gum disease.
Alcoholic mouthwashes that are popular today started in the 1600’s and were used to kill bacteria in the mouth. However, they would not be effective until the 1900’s. Listerine was created in the 1870’s and was originally created as an antiseptic. It was re-marketed in the 1920’s and its sales increased by 8000% in 10 years when it became a mouthwash. Today, we have dozens of options to pick from, but are any of them actually good for us?

The Downsides of Mouthwash
Most of us would never question using mouthwash, but a new study has found a link between mouthwash and diabetes. The study was published in the journal Nitric Oxide. The study followed 1206 people for over three years and found that people who used mouthwash twice a day were 30 percent more likely to have developed either pre-diabetes or diabetes.
However, mouthwash does not only increase our risk of diabetes. There are many other downsides of using mouthwash regularly. Here are just a few.

1. It Works Too Well
Like hand sanitizers, mouthwash kills all bacteria in your mouth. Yes, your mouth is full of bacteria. But that is a good thing. The bacteria that naturally live in your mouth can protect you from dangerous bacteria that we breathe in or eat.
Many types of mouthwash are antibacterial, so they kill all the bacteria, even the good ones. This causes us to become sicker more often.
The loss of the bacteria also reduces the production of nitrites. Nitrites help your blood vessel to contract and expand efficiently. A study found that the lower nitrite production can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

2. It Does Not Substitute for Brushing and Flossing
When you use mouthwash regularly, it can feel like your mouth is clean, when it really is not. It is like spraying a car down with a strong hose since some dirt comes off, but there is still some dirt and grime attached. A healthy and clean mouth requires regular brushing and flossing. If you substitute brushing and flossing for mouthwash, you are putting yourself at risk for cavities, gingivitis, and other oral healthcare issues.

3. Oral Cancer
The University of Glasgow researchers found that using mouthwashes that contained alcohol more than three times a day could increase the risk of developing oral cancer. These findings support research conducted in Australia in 2009. However, the ADA (American Dental Association) has been debating the question of if mouthwashes with alcohol are safe for decades.

4. Tooth Sensitivity
There are a lot of things that we eat and do daily that can cause tooth sensitivity. Most times, using a mouthwash too often or using the wrong one can also do this. Many times, the alcohol and other chemicals that are meant to kill the bacteria in our mouths can make tooth sensitivity worse. This is especially true if your dentin is exposed.
Whitening mouthwashes are the worst option because they have harsher chemicals in them to remove stains and make our teeth look whiter. These chemicals can destroy enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Some mouthwashes are designed to help with tooth sensitivity. However, most only numb or make a thin barrier to protect the teeth for a short amount of time.

5. There is Sugar or Chemical Sweeteners In Them
If mouthwashes were to taste like their main ingredients, no one would want them. They would taste like pure alcohol or would taste very bitter. This is why nearly all mouthwashes that you find in stores have flavors added to them, like mint. However, most flavors added are made with high amounts of sugar or chemical sweeteners. This has been a problem with many oral care products for decades and it is only now being addressed. Oral care products for kids have been a major concern because of the sugar and sweeteners that could be in their flavors.
Washing your mouth out with sugar or a chemical sweeteners means you are allowing the bacteria that is formed by sugar to come back sooner, and your body does not have its natural bacteria to break it down. This can lead tooth decay and sensitivity.

6. Masks Oral Health Issues
Oral health is very important because it can affect our overall health. Chronic bad breath is a side effect of many oral health issues, and also some digestive issues. Instead of using mouthwash to mask your bad breath, you should be looking for the cause of the bad breath.

7. Dry Mouth
The regular use of alcohol-based mouthwashes has been found to dry out the mouth. This can cause worse bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and cavities. The lower spit production can also lead to more throat issues like coughs and problems swallowing.

8. Not Safe for Consumption
Many types of mouthwash say they are not for consumption, and to avoid swallowing it. This is mainly due to the fact that the alcohol in mouthwashes is a high percentage, and many other ingredients in mouthwashes are not meant to be consumed at all. This is one of the main reasons why mouthwashes are not recommended for children. If you do swallow some mouthwash, you will most likely be fine. However, it can painful or even deadly if you were to consume a lot of mouthwash.

Are Any Mouthwashes Safe?
There are mouth rinses that are prescribed by dentists if you are having periodontal surgery or oral health care problems. You should follow your dentist’s instructions if you are prescribed a mouth rinse.
There are some safer options that you can use if you want to continue using a mouthwash. A simple salt rinse is one of the best options when you have a cold sore or a sore throat. It can be made using warm (not hot) water and salt, and you just need to swish it around your mouth. The salt helps kill the harmful bacteria that is causing the pain. If you continue having a sore throat or a painful cold sore, you should talk to your dentist or doctor.

Oil pulling can also be a great option to help keep your mouth clean. Oil pulling is an ayurvedic healing treatment, which removes toxins from the body. It is done by swirling a tablespoon of olive, sesame, or coconut oil around your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. After swirling the oil around, spit it out, rinse your mouth, and then brush and floss your teeth. This can be very relaxing for some people and offers many benefits including whitening teeth.

It can be very tempting for people to use mouthwashes at times because we are very worried about oral health care and bad breath. However, regular brushing and flossing is usually more than enough to keep your mouth healthy. The risk of becoming sick from using mouthwash is simply not worth having a minty fresh mouth.









Home Gardens – The Secret Antidote For The Couch Potato Kids

Home Gardens – The Secret Antidote For The Couch Potato Kids

The lure of TV, video games, and the internet has played a major role in modern society’s obesity crisis among children. Frankly, getting the kids off of the sofa is one of the hardest challenges facing all parents. You’ve probably tried a host of intricate plans in a bid to win the war. However, as with many things in life, the simple solution is often the best. In truth, the humble back garden may be the greatest weapon in your arsenal by far.

Before thinking too much about the garden’s appeal, you must focus on its suitability. Protecting the backyard is particularly vital when you intend to invest money in new products and valuables. Keeping burglars at bay with the right plant selections is a great starting point. Then again, you shouldn’t only think about the threat of intruders. Given that you can’t keep your eyes on the kids at all times, fixing the gates and locks should be one of the top items on the agenda.


If the garden has previously gone unloved, you’ll need to declutter it before making new additions. This in itself can be a fun activity, especially when you incentivize the kids with the promise of a new garden toy. This is also a great opportunity to discuss the garden with them to see what types of activities they may wish to enjoy in the brand new backyard.

Those activities can be educational as well as fun too. Growing fruit and vegetables teaches kids about healthy eating while giving them a project to care about. Use Naturally Savvy tutorials to make it more engaging. It won’t get in the way of academic learning, but it may reduce their PlayStation time. Still, there needs to be a genuine sense of enjoyment too.

 Garden games can range from the simple ideas like bat and ball and trampolines to swimming pools and luxury items. The options at your disposal may be influenced by budgets, physical dimensions, and geography. Still, all families should have very few problems finding a way to keep their kids occupied without reverting to hours on Netflix.


The garden is one of the best places for kids to spend energy, and can also be the safest. It gives you a great chance to keep an eye on them too, which is hugely beneficial for all parents. Build a structure with the help of True North Plans to turn the place into a hosting venue for your children to have their friends over. They’ll maintain a sense of privacy while remaining safe. Better still, it’ll add value to the property.

There’s nothing wrong with kids using technology. In fact, the pool house may be equipped with some of their favorite gadgets. Likewise, teens are likely to share their adventures with friends on social media. Nevertheless, a great outdoor space at home will get them off of the sofa to spend their leisure hours in a far more productive fashion. Quite frankly, that’s all any parent could ever ask for.




3 Supplements You Should Stop Taking Immediately

3 Supplements You Should Stop Taking Immediately

There are thousands of supplements out there that all claim to have health benefits, but it’s difficult to know whether they’re telling the truth. Some of them are great for you, others might just do nothing at all. But in some cases, they can actually be incredibly bad for you and if you take them in large quantities, you can damage your health considerably. That’s why it’s important to do a bit of research before you start taking any of them and consult a doctor to make sure that it’s safe. If you take lots of supplements, then check this list to make sure you aren’t taking any of these unsafe ones.


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Rock Based Calcium


Calcium can’t be bad, surely? Calcium, in general, isn’t bad. It promotes healthy bones and teeth and everybody should get a good amount in their diet. However, when it comes to supplements, the most common varieties are ones that are extracted from rocks like limestone. These supplements can actually have negative effects on your health. It causes digestive problems and constipation in lots of people so it should be avoided. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take calcium supplements at all though. AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects are nonexistent because it is made from plant algae. This is far easier to digest than the traditional rock based supplements so you don’t get any of the stomach problems that usually come with calcium tablets.


Green Tea Extract Powder


This is another one that fools people quite often because drinking green tea in its normal form is actually very good for you. But the extract in powder form that some people are taking has quite a long list of negative side effects. Retailers boast of the extract’s weight loss powers, but that comes at a price. It causes dizziness, increases blood pressure and heart rate, and damages your liver. But the worst effect that it has is reducing your body’s ability to absorb iron. If you’re taking large amounts of this stuff, you massively increase the risk of developing conditions like anemia that are caused by low levels of iron.


Caffeine Powder


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Most of us consume caffeine on a daily basis from coffee or tea, but taking a concentrated powder form has become a recent trend in the fitness world. People are using it as a pre-workout supplement to boost their energy levels. While studies have shown that small amounts of caffeine can actually be beneficial, taking this amount is definitely not good for you. Side effects include seizures, bad sleep patterns, irregular heartbeat, and even heart attacks if you go overboard. So, next time you hit the gym, don’t pump yourself up with dangerous amounts of caffeine. You’ll just have to rely on good old fashioned motivation to get through your workouts.


These are just a few of the supplements on the market that are bad for you, but there are thousands more out there. It is difficult to know which ones do what they say, and which ones are dangerous. The best thing to do is speak to your doctor and do extensive research before putting any new substance into your body, regardless of what the retailers have promised you.

Keeping Up With The Kids

Keeping Up With The Kids

Having healthy kids is very important to most parents. They will go to any length to ensure their small ones are getting the best nutrition, healthcare, and medical treatment. Although sometimes they can forget to look after themselves quite as well. However keeping as healthy as possible is a vital task for any mom or dad, as not only can it allow you to keep up with the kids when they are running around and causing chaos. But it can also promote a longer lifespan, meaning you can be there for your children as they grow up. With this in mind, keep reading to find out how to improve your health and with the kids.




Obviously one of the most important ways that you can keep healthy is to watch what you are consuming. Something that can be tough when you have the kids to feed, work to do, and are generally busy most of the time.


Firstly, when you have little ones that aren’t sleeping through the night but seem perfectly happy to spend time running around in the day, it can be a drain on your physical energy supplies.


But what can you do to address this? Well, your diet has a huge effect on how we feel, so it’s via top use this to your advantage. For instance, it can be much more useful to include a varied menu including wholemeal carbohydrates for steady energy release that to follow a so called healthy eating plan that cut these out altogether. Something that has become very popular lately.


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Remember too that eating something full of refined sugar like a candy bar may help you get through the next half an hour of tidying the house, and playing with the kids. But it’s probably just setting you up to feel even worse later on.

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This is because refined sugar is released quickly into your bloodstream. Producing a high that quickly fades, leaving you feeling worse off than you did before. So steer clear of candy as much as possible to get a steadier stream of energy throughout the day.  



Another way that you can set yourself up to keep up with the kids is to include some supplements regularly in your diet. Of course, which ones you choose completely depends on what area you could do with a little help in.


For increased energy throughout the day take things like Ginseng and Vitamin B12 which are believed to have a positive effect on the metabolism. Or if ageing in a healthy way and being there for your kids for as long as possible is your main concern why not try things like Shilajit or Krill Oil?

However, if it’s stress that is getting to you as a busy parent, then you could give Evening Primrose Oil or Calcium a go. As not eating enough Calcium is know to create overactivity in nerves cells, something that may be linked to an increase in anxiety. Remember if you are calm, then it can really make dealing with juniors tantrums that bit easier.




Lastly, in relation to nutrition let’s take a quick look at alcohol. Most people enjoy a drink or two special occasions, and it can have a short term calming effect.

However, alcohol is pretty much empty calories as it has no nutritional content. It can also be habit forming and cause behavior changes when drunk to excess. Not to mention making getting up at 5 am for the kid’s breakfast all the more difficult! That is why is important to be careful with your alcohol intake when you are a parent.

It’s not about abstaining unless that is what you want to do. But it is about ensuring that it’s treat rather than a coping mechanism. So when you do imbibe it doesn’t create problems for you or in the family dynamic.



Certainly being physically fit and healthy when you have kids can really help. Not only does it allow you more stamina in keeping up with them, but it can help with your mental well being as well.


Really getting the body moving has so many benefits. It produces endorphins that regulate mood, it pumps fresh, clean oxygenated blood around our bodies, fighting off fatigue, and it also helps to burn off any excess calories that we have consumed.

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But there is a problem with cardio activities like running, aerobics, or spinning, and that they can take a lot of motivation to get started. That’s right it’s often more of a mental block than a physical one. So what can we do about this?

Well, it’s all about reminding yourself of why you are doing it. That it is to keep fit and healthy for your kids. By doing this, you can overcome some of the struggles of getting going and being away from them for an hour or two while you work out.



However, it’s also important to note that it’s not just cardio activities alone that make you fit and healthy. They also need to be combined with stretching and working the muscles in a less high impact way.

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Activities that can fulfill this need include yoga, pilates, and some slower forms of dance.

By working the muscle in this way, you ensure good balance and posture. Something that can take a serious bashing when you have a little one, because you are constantly bending down to pick them up or carry them.  


Teams sports

Being a parent that gets involved with a team sport is also something that can have a positive effect. This is you get the benefit of the exercise, and it also serves as a time where you get a break from parenting and get to socialize with other adults.


This is important as your priorities shift when you become a parent. So it’s very easy to lose yourself in the role because it’s so important to you. But maintaining an interest outside the home can help you remind yourself that a parent is not the only thing that you are. As well as refrain refreshed to your duties.



Mental well-being

You know what they say: “Happy mom happy baby.” Well, in reality, this is true for both parents. But how can you ensure that you value your own happiness, as well as doing everything you can to look after your child?


Me time

Firstly, consider some regular me time. Just because you are a parent doesn’t mean that you can never spend any time alone again. Yes, things will change, and getting that alone time may be a bit more difficult. But as long as you have someone trustworthy to take care of the kids, you shouldn’t feel guilty for taking some time to do something you love every once in awhile.

You could book yourself a spa day and relax in the sauna and hot tub. Or you could plan a day out with friends. You could even leave junior with the grandparents and have a romantic night out, just the two of you.


These breaks may seem like luxuries, but they really are essentials, because parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Meaning sometimes you have to slow down and prioritize your own well-being to be the best parent possible.  


Mindfulness and meditation are also something that you may want to consider when you become a parent. As they can help to center you and allow you to remain in charge of the situation, however stressful it gets.


Mindfulness is a non-denominational activity, where you spend time focusing on your breath. This allows you to observe the thoughts, sensations, and feelings that you have, with a degree of separation. This separation then allows you to choose how you want to behave, instead of being reactive.

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Something that is so useful when you are a parent, as it can help you stay calm and consistent when dealing with misbehavior and discipline. It can also help you to lower your own stress levels when things feel overwhelming because it provides a chance to remind yourself are in charge of what is happening, and the direction that you are taking the kids in. Instead of them bending to their demands.



Lastly, something parents should consider for their mental well-being is keeping up with their spiritual practices. Having kids is hard, some days are going to be rough, but having faith that you can rely on and use a s a strength of power can really help.


Of course, spirituality means different things to different people, as some folks may like to attend their local church, temple, or mosque. While for others a walk in nature or a quiet prayer may be the right choice.


Although it is worth noting that most organized religions are excellent at providing a support network for parents. Whether that be in the forms of education and entertainment groups for the kids, or the benefit of fellowship and advice for the adults.