Tag: behavior

Toxins in Plastic Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

I blog about environmental toxins a lot because their harmful effects continue to be reported in scientific studies, yet little is done to curtail their use or educate the public about their harms. One class of toxins—the phthalates—is particularly troublesome because they are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere. Phthalates are found in: personal care products cosmetics perfumed products adhesives car care products…

Omega-3 Linked to Sleep Quality in Children

In a new study by the researchers from Oxford University, data from the DOLAB research project showed that low blood omega-3 levels—particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)—were associated with decreased sleep quality and an increased risk of sleep disorders in children. Upon further study, the researchers found that supplementation with DHA increased sleep quality. “We have got far less waking during the…

Sodas Linked to Aggressive Behavior in Children

Americans purchase more soft drinks than any other country in the world. A typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar. That’s 5 to 8 teaspoons more than your body needs from all the carbohydrates you eat in a day! In other words—soda contains way too much sugar. And it shows. Increased consumption of sugary drinks is a…

Trans Fats Linked to Aggression—Lower DHA to Blame?

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Trans-fats are essentially unsaturated oils that have been hydrogenated so that the…

DHA Linked to ADHD Improvements

ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in children. It is believed to affect up to 1 in 20 children in the United States. A recent study published in the journal Nutrition found that in children supplemented with omega-3 EPA and DHA, those with the highest levels of DHA detected in red blood cell membrane tests…

Green Your Surroundings for Health

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Many studies have pointed out the health benefits of spending time outdoors. According to University of…

Anxiety—It’s Not All in Your Head

  The gut-brain connection is fascinating. It involves an intimate communication between the gut and the brain, and it goes in both directions—from the brain to the gut, and from the gut to the brain. I mean, isn’t it cool that what happens in your gut can affect your brain? Yet another study looking at the gut-brain connection has found…

So SAD

The Standard American Diet (aptly named SAD), also known as the Western diet, is full of processed and fried foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars, and saturated and trans fats. It is low in fiber, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beneficial fats (like omega-3s). This diet has been blamed (and rightfully so) for so many different health conditions,…

Standard American Diet in Toddlers = Lower IQ

As it turns out, 3-year-old children who consume a diet high in processed foods are more likely to have a lower IQ by the age of 8 when compared to children who eat either a traditional meat and potatoes diet, or a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, salads, rice and pasta. A recent study tracked almost 4,000 children from…