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Feeding Your Child Anger and Aggression?

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Aggression, mischief and playfulness are common to children of age 3-10 years; this is what we love them for. However, sometimes it is not mischief but violence, hostility and viciousness. It is very important to understand the psyche of your child to differentiate between the two. In the latter situation, behavior and attitude interrupts in your child’s classroom, home and outdoor life.

It is not always a hard-to-remember medical condition that your child might be suffering from; sometimes as simple as a few eating habits are making your child hostile and harsh.

 

Here we list the diet related conditions that alter your child’s behavior:

 

  • Feeding your gluten intolerant child, unintentionally, with whole wheat and refined wheat products not only cause diarrhea, weight loss and other GI conditions but also behavioral abnormalities such as irritability, peevishness, difficulty in learning, mental immaturity, confusion and stupor. Very rare cases also result in Autism.
  • Abundant intake of Soy leading to accumulation of Manganese. Hypermanganesemia, usually caused by diet rich in Soy, results in learning and cognitive disabilities and delayed mental growth. If the fetus is exposed to dangerously high levels of manganese, it may lead to developmental disorders.
  • Another ingredient of soy, phytoestrogens, increases the risk of hyperthyroidism in teenagers. This leads to hostility, petulance and enmity in young adults, leading to disloyalty towards parents.
  • Refined and artificial carbohydrates induce hyperactivity in children. Dr. Parris Kidd, in one of her reviews, reported that refined sugar utilization leads to hyperactivity, aggression and destructive behavior among children of age 4-11 years.
  • Aspartame in candies, gums and beverages stupor, irritability, nervousness, sleeping disorders, multiple phobias and severe headaches in children.

A wondrous herb – Aloe Vera

 

If I am allowed to award Aloe Vera with a title, I would call it “King of All Medicinal Herbs.” When my mother first had knee-pain, it was then that I recognized the blessings of Aloe Vera to mankind. Egyptians called Aloe Vera “The Plant of Immortality.” Surely, it is! If you still do not have an Aloe Vera plant in your kitchen garden, certainly you’ll plant one after reading this article.

  • Aloe Vera is very useful for curing the bowel problems including constipation, inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcers, alleviates acidity.
  •  Aloe Vera has excellent anti inflammatory properties thereby relieve rheumatoid arthritis, eye and ear inflammatory diseases.
  • Aloe Vera delays cancer growth.
  • Aloe Vera clears out bad cholesterol (LDL) from the body.
  • Aloe Vera has anti-aging properties, used in various anti-aging creams. It revitalizes the skin, heals dead skin and brings back the natural glow.
  • Aloe Vera detoxifies the body from oxidative stress. Severe accumulation of ROS in the body leads to CPS.
  • Aloe Vera provides the body with essential minerals, vitamins and proteins.
  • Aloe Vera is great for the health of kidneys. It not only reduces the risk of renal stones but also aids in normal filtration of fluid.
  • Aloe Vera stabilizes the rate of body metabolism and helps to burn out excessive fats. Aloe Vera juice is, therefore, very helpful for weight loss.
  • Regular doses of Aloe Vera regulate blood sugar level.
  • Aloe Vera is very effective for people suffering from sinusitis.
  • Aloe Vera has numerous benefits for hair.

Impact of Climate Change on Crop Production

imagesCrops have always been sensitive to climate change. Even a single season of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, extremities of weather such as floods and storms; all have a debilitating effect on crop yields and livestock production.

That was one side of the picture. The other of the picture is totally opposite. One recent research of Stanford University reports 5% increase in global production of maize and wheat since 1980, as a result of to climatic changes. Raised carbon dioxide concentrations – the main cause of climate change – could increase production of some crops, such as rice, soybean and wheat.

The future course of global food production will depend on how well societies can adapt to such climatic changes. According to IPCC, the agriculture of poorer, low-latitude countries, would be seriously challenged as climate rises 3*C than normal. The richer, higher latitude countries have greater capacity to adapt to the changing climatic conditions.

Climate changes affect agricultural production by causing variation in the timing and intensity of rainfall and shift in temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations. As a result of climate change, crops normally seen growing in the south of Europe will be able to be grown further north. This would allow more sweet-corn, grapes, sunflowers, soya and maize to be grown in Britain. In Scotland, livestock farming could become more suitable. At the higher latitudes warmer temperatures are predicted to lengthen and increase the intensity of the growing season. But more CO2 and a major temperature rise could cut yields by around 10% later in the century.

 

6 Foods that Can Cause Pain and 6 that Can Alleviate it

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Has chronic pain been your problems since ages? Tired of all those regular medications? Perhaps, your medications are not as effective as they should be owing to your diet. You guess it right, some food ingredients predispose you to even more pain. Lets first list those culprit foods and then we will discuss the pain relieving foods.

Pain inducing Foods:

Egg yolk contains arachidonic acid, the main fatty acid involved in inflammation.

Beer drinking as few as two beers each week increases your risk of getting gout by a quarter.

Fried Foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids. While your body needs a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, increased levels lead to chronic pain.

Processed/canned foods cause chronic pain and inflammation as they contain gluten, trans fats, high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, and artificial chemicals.

Meat particularly red meat is high in arachidonic acid and cause chronic pain and inflammation.

Trans fats increase inflammation in your body, which can cause all-over pain and discomfort.

Pain relieving Foods:

Red Grapes contains resveratrol, that blocks the enzymes contributing to tissue degeneration. 

Sage is an anti-inflammatory herb. Throat sprays containing sage provide relief from sore throat.

Cherries contain anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants inhibit pain enzymes, as aspirin or any other NSAID does.

Green Tea is an excellent source of polyphenols which reduce free radicals in the body.

Ginger fights off pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. It is as effective as ibuprofen in relieving menstrual pain.

Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce arthritic pain.

Going Organic: Fresh Produce Delivered Straight to Your Home

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There are a lot of advantages you can gain from finding organic food stores that can accommodate your needs for your diet, especially those with home delivery options. One such advantage is that you get to have a wider range of options that do not limit you to the usual selections available in the produce section of your local supermarket. More importantly, you are able to support environmental preservation efforts by choosing to eat produce that does not contain any pesticides or other chemicals.

 

Most stores that offer delivery of organic food can in fact take your order in advance and have the produce delivered right where you want it and when you want it. This allows you to plan your meals ahead based on your purchases and make the necessary arrangements to make sure that you are able to receive the delivery as scheduled.

 

If you have decided to adopt an organic diet, one of the best ways to have a constant supply of organic produce is to search the internet for possible organic food delivery options. A lot of organic farms these days have their own websites where they put up their produce for sale. Most of these also offer home delivery services, so you can be sure that you can have organic food every time that you need it.

 

Having fresh, organic produce means you don’t have to waste time driving around and looking for an organic shop or a supermarket in your area that carries great choices. This means you not only save on gas, but you also lessen your carbon footprint.

Getting the Right Ingredients for a Food Business

With the change in climate affecting production of food in the world today, it has become a huge business to get on the band wagon of food production. Sometimes it can be daunting when considering the challenges one has to face to succeed in the industry with its so many big competitors.

There are so many ways of promoting a food business, but these tips help you get the right natural foods for consumption.

The first and very important tip is to get quality and fresh foods material for your business. You can promote your business by ensuring your foods are always fresh either by using the refrigerator or using them when they are still fresh from the supplier. The ingredients used should also be safe for consumers.

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As part of ensuring that your food business succeeds, always see to it that only fresh foods are used in food preparation.  When food ingredients stay longer and are used for cooking foods, they can introduce materials that are harmful to consumers.

This can be possible by growing some of the perishable ingredients used frequently in the business, especially if it is a restaurant. Vegetables and fruits can be grown in a garden exclusively meant of the restaurant.

Once you have secured supplies from natural sources for preparing foods, then you can seek to get approval from the available food and drug agency in your area. They will ensure you have the right processes for preparing safe foods.

Tips on Farm Fencing

In case you have the desire to grow your some fruits in a small farm, one challenging task especially for new farmers is fencing the farms. There are various quick fix ways of doing it; however that will end being more expensive in the long run. In installing fences for farm, strength, maintenance requirements, durability as well as how long the fence could serve should be taken into consideration.

Even though it has to be within your budget, you have to ensure that you balance cost with the quality of fencing materials you are getting. And so when making decisions regarding the fencing equipment, you have to take note of the following tips:

Ensure that the wire has enough tension up to the manufacturer’s guideline. This can be found in the catalogue, provided by the supplier.

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The wire will last longer when post clips are used. The wires are not meant to be run into holes in a post; else this will remove the wire coating soon.

Do not forget to be conscious of your physical safety while doing the farm fencing. Safety materials such as gloves and goggles are essential, so you don’t expose yourself to sharp objects.

To eliminate the difficulty of tying individual knots together, Gripple is used. This tool also helps you tension wires appropriately. This tool is important that it has to always be available in your tool box.

One importance of giving farms fencing, especially the ones behind homes is the fact they are environmentally friendly. And also by fencing the farm, you prevent damage to vegetables and fruits that took a lot of hard work to plant and grow.

Tips on Choosing the Right Type of Garden

So you have a space in your home where you have decided to get your hands dirty with some humus? That is good, because there’s nothing as satisfying as eating the fruits of your garden labor. However, you really have to make up your mind as to which type of garden is most suitable for you to cultivate – especially if you are just starting out.

Some factors such as your garden space, the time you will have for the garden, the weather conditions in your area, water supply, the quality of the soil and even the current condition of the garden right now; have to be put into consideration when making your decision.

If the garden space is large enough, you can consider planting flowers, fruits and flowers in different segments of the farm at the same time. More time is also required if you are going to do this.

The easiest type of garden to start with is a flower garden, stocked full of perennials that give you firsthand experience with gardening. You can visit a local horticulturist for some advice.

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A vegetable garden is also good, as it provides you with food from your own garden and also requires less of your time. You just need to know and consider the right ones to plant in their seasons and wait for them to mature.

Though time demanding, a fruit garden is a great choice for gardening. You also have to stave off the infestation of insects and pests to your fruits. However, if you enjoy eating fruits a lot, the time spent in taking care of your fruit garden is really worth it and should not discourage you.

So whichever choice you make, you will really enjoy the freshness and natural foods that appear on your table at meals.

The Problem with Dependence on Rainfall in Parts of Africa

It is no longer news that parts of Africa are ravaged by extreme droughts and devastating food shortages. In most of these places, farming is the main stay of the economy.

Over the years, farmers in Africa – both small and large scale have depended on rainfall as the source of water for their large expanse of farmlands. But things are about to change.

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With the current change in the world’s climate, leading to infrequent rainfall and unusually long dry seasons, farmers all over the world need to re-position themselves in order to remain productive.

One major way of ensuring they remain in the game is look for alternatives to rainfall by using irrigation in providing water for their farms. The damages already recorded in the severe effects of drought in many parts of Africa really far outweigh whatever costs implementing an irrigation system could take.

Sometimes, the costs involved may not even be astronomical in some environments considering that some farmlands are located beside large bodies of water, like dams, lakes or rivers.

However, the topography of Africa, and the fact that so many of these places that really need help are usually remote, makes them difficult to access for aid during difficult agricultural seasons.

The truth is that African governments need to make long term plans for providing rainfall alternatives for farmers. Large scale farmers also have to learn modern ways of irrigation used in other parts of the world.

The times when rainfall determines crop yield in farms is becoming a thing of the past, and farms all over the world need to rise up to the challenge of drought and food scarcity.

The Moose

The Moose is a mammal that feeds on woody vegetation, aquatic plants and leaves. It weighs up to 800 kilograms, standing at a height of 1.5 to 2 meters at shoulder level. Even with its size the moose could run up to 55 kilometers per hour.

The moose is grotesque to look at and at times can seem awkward in its movement, because of its long legs. However, it is known to be able to defend itself from other wild animals; and can swim for long distances when feeding on water plants.

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The sensitivity of the moose is remarkable. It can detect movements almost behind it without turning the head, by simply moving its eyes. Some researchers suggest that because the nostrils are far apart, it gives the moose the uncanny ability to perceive the location of objects in a 3 dimensional scale. As for its hearing, the ears can pick sounds in all directions, especially from other moose as far as three kilometers.

The offspring is called a calf and can be very tender, playful and loyal, even when it is adopted by humans.

Since the moose feed exclusively on plants, the cold winter periods presents a trying time for the large mammal. It feeds voraciously during the warm weather, eating up to 23 kg of forage every day. The forage could be from aquatic plants or above the ground; feeding this way stores up fat in its body.

In the winter, the mammal reduces its activities and retains heat under its fur all through the chilly season.

Dark Side of vegetables: black tomatoes!

Israelis farmers have created a kind of tomato with a red interior, but with a very dark skin color, which darkens as tomatoes ripen in the sun.

The researchers crossed wild varieties cultivated varieties of tomato, resulting in a new variety with striking aspect in color almost black fruit (botanically speaking, what we call “red” are fruits of the plant).

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