Monday, July 10, 2017

What can SQUIRRELS teach us about burning fat? (COOL INFO)

Have you ever wondered how squirrels survive long, cold, winters with scarce amounts of food?  

They can control their fat-burning. They release and inhibit adenosine at will.
Adenosine is an enzyme that prevents fat burning.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could do that? 

Well . . . . . Access Bars  inhibit adenosine (that enzyme that prevents fat-burning)!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Asthma and How to Combat It

Asthma is a debilitating disease that affects the lungs and can last throughout one's life.
 Asthma is now the most common condition in the developed world, and things aren’t getting any better.

The problem is that the lungs are very sensitive organs that eagerly absorb inhaled air to pick up all the oxygen that they can. In the process, lungs also absorb any particles in the air straight into their tissues. You may not be surprised to learn that the air indoors is filled with all kinds of particles that can cause damage to the lung tissue.

High on the list are VOC particles produced from outgassing.
  • Outgassing:  Household cleaners, laundry detergent, bleaches, personal care products and many other things release particles (also called" exhaling") even from inside closed containers. That is outgassing.
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and other fume particles can come from home cleaning products, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, bleach, ammonia and paint (to name just a few things).
Studies done in Australia and Europe that link asthma to common household cleaners, especially bleach. Window cleaners, air fresheners, and disinfectants were also pinpointed.

Fortunately there are things you can do to make your home safer and hopefully asthma-free.

First, be extra careful in choosing cleaners, personal care products and cosmetics. When in doubt, always look at the labels. If there’s a warning sign, it’s there for a reason. Stay away from bleach and try using eco-friendly products, stain-fighting enzymes, and ionized water when possible.

Second, use green construction materials wherever possible. VOC-free paints and varnishes are a must.

*VOCs = Volatile Organic Compounds
For more info on how to go greener and cleaner go here and after you peruse the info . . . click on "request information" near the top.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday, October 10, 2008

What Every Parent Should Know About Gym Class

Twenty years ago, the words "gym class" conjured up a simple image
-- a stern coach leading gray-shirted squadrons through jumping jacks.

Today, that image is antique. Physical education has evolved and grown more diverse. Parents need to become good fitness advocates by heeding the following tips:

Find out what's happening in your child's P.E. class.
Make sure your children actually get some fitness & academic benefit from P.E. class.
  • Are your kids learning activities, transferable pre-sport or cooperative game skills?
  • Is the teacher helping them to practice team work and problem solving skills that can help them throughout their lives?

  • Are they learning skills that help in all eye hand coordination activities?
  • Are they practicing rhythm or coordination activities that challenge the brain and the body?

  • Are they working together in both cooperative and friendly competitive activities?
  • Is the teacher integrating academics into his or her lesson plans? ~~> (hint: Ask the teacher this question directly! He or she will appreciate the opportunity to explain the academic integration of their lesson plans. If it is not, this may positively encourage the teacher to add academic integration into the lesson plans!)
Talk to your kids "Ask them, 'Do you like P.E.?'" advises Susan Kalish, director of the American Running and Fitness Association. "Kids naturally like to exercise and, if your child doesn't enjoy P.E., he's probably not getting much out of it. You should ask him, 'Why don't you like it?' and then you should talk to the instructor."

Support equality Perhaps the world's worst sport is dodgeball, or murderball. In it, a player "kills" another by pelting her with a ball. The least agile players inevitably die early on, and then just sit, embarrassed, on the bleachers. Parents should lobby against such elimination games, advises Judith Young, director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. "P.E. teachers," Young says, "need to make gym class comfortable for all children by grading tasks. If you're throwing balls at targets, for instance, let kids stand closer. and move back as they master skill"

Make sure they're active In a 1993 study, Bruce G. Simons-Morton, a researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, found that, in an average P.E. class, students were physically active only 8.6 percent of the time.
Simons-Morton advocates an "organized chaos." Classes, he prescribes, should often be split into small groups. A recent study showed that, by making such changes, P.E. teachers were able to increase kids' active time to more than 50 percent. "But it's really hard work for the teacher," he warns.

Promote lifetime sports: Over the past 15 years, progressive P.E. teachers have increasingly turned away from sports like football and wrestling to embrace walking, running, and racquet sports -- in other words, activities that students are likely to continue for an entire lifetime. "Teachers should help kids develop a level of competence in several lifetime sports," argues Kalish, "so that when they're older, they can, say, go to a hotel that has a badminton net and think, 'Oh, I know how to play that!'" P.E. teachers should also teach kids why exercise is important, adds Young. "If they do that," she reasons, "kids will be more motivated to stay fit."

Do your homework: "Students aren't going to get all the activity they need in P.E.," says Young, "and parents need to reinforce lessons," by asking teachers for homework. A typical instructor might tell you to practice throwing -- to have your child make ten overhand and ten underhand throws each afternoon, for example -- or he might, alternatively, advise you to supplement gym class with activities like after-school dance, soccer and karate class. "Exercise needs to happen daily," explains Kalish, "and most kids have P.E. only two or three times a week. Parents need to make sure their children stay active on the other days. It's hard work, but it's worth it."