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An Egg a Day Could Change Infant Growth Rates

I’m at the age where a lot of my friends have kids. Lots of adorable pictures pop on social media of babies and toddlers. All different sizes. Tall, chunky (my favorite), and tiny. Baby checks always include growth rate metrics like height-age, weight-age, and weight-height to name a few. That data is collected and compared to the national average. Luckily for them stunted growth isn’t a problem.

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Growth Rates for Infants

Unfortunately stunted growth is more prevalent in developing countries due to lack of quality nutrition. A research study gave babies 6 to 9 months old, eggs to eat and compared them to a control group (no eggs). Children given eggs were 47% less likely to have stunted growth.  Researchers use eggs due to there abundance and low cost. This study may not have much relevance to people reading this because nutritional resources and support are ample in this country, but I believe this speaks more to the nutritional value of an egg.

Eggs Are Great Source of Nutrition, Period

You’ve read the many differing opinions on eggs. It’ll raise your cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease etc. As you’ve probably guessed, my opinion is different. Eggs should be a part of your daily routine. They are a cheap source of a nutritionally dense food. One egg contains approximately 75 calories, and is packed with 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Also add  6 grams of protein to boot. Stop using the egg whites only. The yolk has all the important nutrients.
Let’s say after reading this article, You’re going to start eating eggs and giving them to your children. First, check to see if your toddler has an egg allergy by mixing the egg and placing a dab on the forearm. After 24 hours check to see if there is a rash. If there is no rash, it’s safe to consume hard boiled eggs . Second, solids should be introduced to babies starting at month 6 of age and beyond. No solids including eggs should be consumed before then.

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Why Are You Sleepy After Lunch

Need A Nap? Why Are You So Sleepy After Lunch?

After lunch, do you have this insatiable feeling of needing to nap? If you do, you will probably nod off staring at your computer while trying to look like you are doing work. You may even try to crawl into the dark cavernous depths under your work desk. Among the thoughts of counting sheep, you should be thinking about what you had for lunch.

Foods Causing You to Nap?

Let’s say a typical work desk lunch is a soda, chips/pretzels, and a sandwich. That combination is a recipe for a post lunch nap. Why? Glucose. Sugar in the soda, carbohydrates (carbs) from potatoes, and carbs from sandwich bread all add up to a big helping of glucose. Do you drink diet soda?The diet soda may be harmful to your weight goals and your cardiovascular health. Diet soda has been linked to unfavorable studies causing: increased stroke and dementia and no weight loss.

Anyways, a glucose filled meal inhibits or decreases a brain signaling structure called orexin. Orexin plays a role in sleep/wake cycle as well as feeding behavior and reward system. People with chronically low levels of orexin can suffer from narcolepsy. Narcolepsy causes extreme daytime drowsiness.

Protein Can Curb Drowsiness

So, if you eat a pasta filled lunch (carbs-glucose) you’ll feel sleepy. On the other hand, protein increases orexin. So a lunch of vegetables and protein will decrease the likelihood you will “nod off” after lunch. Not only will you feel more awake; you are more likely to be active. If you are stuck at work, at least you’ll be more productive.

I’m not saying your lunch is the only reason why you are sleepy. You may have watched a creepy episode of The Walking Dead. Who knows? Your circadian rhythm, amount of nighttime and daytime light, and food quality are all factors of general drowsiness during the day. Reconsider your lunch before taking drastic measures to stay awake.

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What Causes Ear Infections In Pediatrics and Kids?

Conservative approaches to ear infections (Eis) have yet to be implemented by the public. Unfortunately Eis do account for 33% of doctors’ visits and 40% of antibiotic use in children 5 years old and younger. By the age of two 70% of kids experience an Ei.

What causes ear infections in kids and pediatrics?

Structural Shortcomings That Can Increase Likelihood of Ear Infections

  • Reduced muscle function around Eustachian Tube (ET)
  • Narrow ET (auditory tube in picture) causing chronic fluid buildup and decreased drainage
  • Horizontal position of ET which reduces drainage. Which shape would drain faster? Water at the top of pyramid or a flat roof
  • Short ET frequently causing bacterial infection

Any pediatrician or ENT knows about the above structural shortcomings of a child’s ET which can inhibit proper drainage.

Structural Adjustments Are Safe and Gentle for Pediatrics

Structural Chiropractic (SC) provides a different means of improving or resolving an Ei. First of all, corrections to the spinal segments involve no twisting of the neck or popping. What is the relationship between SC and Eis? Spinal segments can shift from normal position during a complicated or traumatic birth. These shifts can decrease function of muscles surrounding the ET. If an Ei occurs, gentle and specific corrections to spinal segments will remove obstructions. As a result an increase in nerve communication to the muscles surrounding the ET can result. Proper function of ET muscles are important. Proper muscle function helps open and move the ET improving drainage.

If the Ei is indeed bacterial, a course of antibiotics is the first traditional treatment. Yet; there are times when Ei reappear despite taking the full course of antibiotics. If Ei reappear regularly, ear tubes is the next course of action. Compromises to gut flora will happen with any antibiotic use. In this study, certain bacterial strains were reduced even when antibiotics were taken prenatally. It’s no secret that stomach flora plays a major role in health and immunity. Furthermore, it is important to take a probiotic after antibiotic use whether adult or child. As a result gut bacteria will repopulate to normal levels.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Reverses Aging?

A recent study,  from the journal Cell Metabolism, cites the health benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Increases in insulin sensitivity, increased muscle formation, and weight loss were expected in the study. What is particularly noteworthy is the increase in cellular performance. Cells number in the trillions and form tissue like our skin and heart. Thus an increase in cellular performance could produce increased body function.

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High Intensity Interval Training and Cells

Inside of those cells lie mitochondria (MA). If you remember elementary biology, MA are “the powerhouse of cells.” MA, simply put, drive the daily functions of a cell. The study compares HIIT to resistance training and a combination of both. HIIT improves the function of MA or reverses the effects of mitochondrial “aging.” As you age, mitochondria like eyes decrease in function.

What Does This Mean For You?

Although reversal of cellular aging is great, we don’t know the long term effects of HIIT. The study lasted for 12 weeks. It will be interesting to see studies looking into the long term effects of HIIT. Will you live longer? Who knows at this point, but increased MA functioning is a good start. This study functions as a catalyst for more long term studies involving HIIT because the science is inconclusive on the long term effects.

Just Give Me the Exercise Routine!

Lastly, what was the exercise protocol? The HIIT group did 4 minutes of high intensity biking four times with minimal rest in between for 3 days. Study participants also did two days of walking for 45 minutes. That’s it! In order to perform HIIT, you can incorporate many types of exercises. The idea behind HIIT is to perform short bursts of all out exercise. If you want to learn more, check out this information from the American Academy of Sports Medicine.

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