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Top Tips to Relieve Your Autism Diet Worries Today

Posted in Uncategorized, Health & Fitness on February 1st, 2008

Autism diet recommendations can be many and varied.  Some experts will suggest gluten-free and casein-free diets.  Gluten is a substance found in breads and other grains and casein appears in milk and dairy products.  The belief is that some people with autism have trouble digesting such substances, resulting in a decreased, foggy state of consciousness.

Other autism diet suggestions include cutting out yeast and sugars, and concentrating on consuming larger quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Each of these theories have solid research to back them up, but while adults may be able to make dietary decisions for their children, it is not always as easily applied as they may wish.

Kids are still kids whether they have autism or not!  They have individual tastes, and will prefer some foods to others.  It is not always easy to remove the foods that they enjoy, and introduce those that don’t typically appeal.
 
So the following are practical tips for parents who are aiming to introduce a healthy autism diet.

Turn it into finger food.  Some small children can be more likely to eat something when they know what’s in it, and often enjoy vegetables raw rather than cooked.  A healthy diet should include generous servings of vegetables in at least two meals a day so try slicing up a selection of vegetables like carrots, broccoli and sweet red pepper into little sticks and serve them plain or with a dip for dunking.

Offer berries.  Almost all types of berries are nutritious and rich in antioxidants so keep strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – and any other berries that you can find and that your child enjoys – on hand for snacks. They can satisfy a sweet tooth and don’t break the rules of most autism diets.

Sugar-free sweetening.  You can still give your kids sweet things without loading them down with sugar. Stevia can be an effective solution for this problem.  Readily available in health food stores, Stevia is a South American herb that’s sweeter than sugar and is an excellent alternative, as long as it is used in moderation.  In most autism diets, other sweetening agents – sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, jelly etc – should be kept to an absolute minimum. Stevia can be used in many of a child’s favorite recipes such as in lemonade and cookies.

Use supplements.  If you are worried that your child’s diet isn’t giving them all the nutrition they need, speak to your doctor or naturopath about supplements. When kids are off dairy products, they may need calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.  Enzyme supplements can help aid digestion.  And there are a host of other beneficial supplements from fish oil to amino acids, Vitamin B12 to calcium, magnesium and zinc.  Many come in child-friendly chewable forms but always check with a health expert first, as many of these chewable vitamins come with a high dose of sugar.

As with any dietary change, make certain that any decisions made are discussed with a qualified doctor, first.

Grab your free copy of Rachel Evans’ brand new Autism Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you and your family find out about autism and diet and for information on autism resources please visit The Essential Guide To Autism

Handling High Blood Pressure and Anxiety

Posted in Uncategorized, Health & Fitness on May 25th, 2007

There is a link between high blood pressure and anxiety. When we feel anxious one of our body’s natural responses is to raise blood pressure. While this temporary spike in blood pressure is normal and usually not dangerous, anxiety can become a problem if it affects our lifestyle choices or is persistent.

For instance, when people are anxious they tend to resort to unhealthy habits such as overeating, indulging in alcohol, and smoking, all of which can dramatically increase a person’s high blood pressure risk.

In addition, recurrent and frequent temporary episodes of high blood pressure and anxiety can eventually lead to the same damaging results to the blood vessels, kidneys and heart, typically caused by prolonged hypertension.

Therefore, since there are many other high blood pressure risk factors, there is no reason why you should add anxiety to the list. The following are 5 tips you can put into practice to help relieve your high blood pressure and anxiety.

1. Focus your attention on one project at a time – Instead of trying to multitask, focus all your attention on completing one task at a time. When your mind is fully absorbed on one task, you put all your mental and emotional efforts into the job at hand, which stops your mind from wondering and becoming overwhelmed with other thoughts, priorities and demands. The more overwhelmed a person feels, the less productive they are, and the more their anxiety grows.

2. Learn to say “No” – If you go out of your way to try and please everyone, you’ll stretch yourself too thin and be living in a constant state of high blood pressure and anxiety. Over-committing yourself stretches you beyond your physical and emotional limits, causing you to become fatigued, stressed, overworked and rundown – all factors that lead to anxiety. You need to learn to say “No” to others who are asking more of your time than you can handle or are willing to give.

3. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake – Both alcohol and caffeine can worsen anxiety. Therefore, when you are feeling anxious, refrain from ingesting caffeinated products including chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda. In regards to high blood pressure and anxiety and alcohol, one may think that since consuming alcohol reduces feelings of anxiety, this would be an ideal method. The truth is, while alcohol may suppress feelings of anxiety, it increases the risk of high blood pressure and depression. Thus, it is imperative to your health that you never use alcohol as a remedy for relieving anxiety as this can become a bad and deadly habit.

4. Breathe Deep – Deep breathing exercises are an excellent way to focus the mind and calm anxiety episodes. Here is one type of deep breathing exercise you can try:

 Take a deep breath by inhaling through your nose and slowly count to four while you inhale.
 Hold your breath for a count of three
 Exhale slowly through your mouth and count down from four while you exhale.
 Repeat four times

5. Engage in regular exercise - Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. It helps to clear your mind and improve your mental outlook on life. Exercise helps improve your sleep and increases your physical stamina. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins; chemicals that make your body feel good. Studies have found that people who engage in long term exercise programs (I.E. 30 minutes of daily exercise) increase their ability to cope with stress.

Moreover, don’t forget that exercise also helps maintain healthy weight levels, as being overweight increases a person’s risk of hypertension. However, you should first speak to your doctor before engaging in any exercise regimen.
Should you have difficulty controlling your anxiety on your own, you may want to speak with your doctor about seeking help from a qualified therapist, because the bottom line is you need to get your high blood pressure and anxiety under control.

Grab your free copy of Paul Johnson’s brand new Blood Pressure Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about natural high blood pressure cure and for information on hypertension medication please visit Natural Blood Pressure Prevention.

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2007

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