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Fall 2014

Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don'ts
Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don'ts
Apple Picking Family Fun -Apple picking is one of the most traditional family activities in the fall, and many people flock to apple orchards and pumpkin patches to enjoy pick-your-own (PYO) fruits and veggies or visit farm stands. With the list...
Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family
Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family
 Everyone thinks of camping as the ultimate outdoor activity for June, July and August. Every year thousands of families enter campgrounds of all shapes and sizes to enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, and a host of other recreational...
Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do
Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do
Get out there, no stress, just chillin and fun with your BFFS. Please add to our list, what's your favorite teen activity in the fall.Here is a list of 60 fun things to do for teens in the Autumn1.  Go apple picking 2.  Go pumpkin...

Parenting

On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting - Better Parent-Child Communication. While in math two negatives do indeed create a positive, in parenting two negatives frequently result in a discouraged, brow-beaten, sullen or angry child. So how does a parent – who is merely human, after all – communicate with a child in the midst of...
Before & After School Childcare Choices
Before & After School Childcare Choices
By America's Nanny Michelle LaRowe - You've been looking forward to the time where you would no longer need full time childcare.The season where your daughter would be enjoying her time at school, learning new skills and making new friends while you could work and keep more of the funds you earn, since paying for full time day care won't...
10 Tips for School Success
10 Tips for School Success
 By Michelle LaRowe - America's NannySchool has barely started and many children are already having the back to school blues. As you prepare your children to start the school year off right, consider these tips for success. 1. Send your kids off to school with a super nutritional breakfast. Turkey sausage and eggs and cheese,...

Back to School

Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Introduce and practice these skills at home and school:• Share, take turns and listen quietly• Wait patiently and use words to communicate• Recognize and know your full name• Know your parents and/or caregiver's first and last name• Use toilet by yourself•...
3 Back-to-School Homework Tips Every Parent Must Have
3 Back-to-School Homework Tips Every Parent Must Have
by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.The ritual of back to school time is here once again. Some parents can't wait to get their kids out the door, while others don't want those lazy summer days to end. Regardless of how parents feel about a transition to a new school year, they all have one thing in common...
Praise for Homework Help
Praise for Homework Help
In Praise of Praise The Right Words Can Motivate Your Child by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed. Praise is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to homework. Research shows that by simply praising effort rather than intelligence, kids will develop greater motivation to keep trying, even when...

Recipes

Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Nothing beats a tailgate - a party, usually held near the trunk of a vehicle. The purpose of the tailgate party is to have a good time, but it also brings families and friends together who may not be attending the main event or sitting in different sections during the game. Drinks,...
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Soup 2 tbsp. butter2 tbsp. flour1 bunch (10 oz.) fresh broccoli1 sm. onion, finely chopped2 tbsp. butter1 qt. chicken stock or broth1/2 c. heavy cream, warmedSalt and pepper Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, stir...
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Plus Slow Cooker African Chicken Stew RecipeAt certain times of year, some fruits are, quite simply, yummier than others.  A lot of the time, fruits and vegetables that are not in season are not even sold in the grocery store, both because they are not being harvested and because the...

Healthy Families

Learn to Listen to Your Body
Learn to Listen to Your Body
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  -One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any...
Fall is in the Roots
Fall is in the Roots
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD - Nutrition TidbitsFall is almost here and soon the veggie garden is full of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets.Root vegetables are a great source of many nutrients because they absorb minerals and other nutrients straight from the soil as well as getting them from their leaves that soak up the...
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -       True listening is not always easy. It is a skill we develop. In this era of technological expertise and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. We are not really conversing but merely exchanging gestures. For a genuine dialogue to occur, speaking...

Save Money

Daily, Weekly, Monthly:  The Life of a Dream Catcher
Daily, Weekly, Monthly: The Life of a Dream Catcher
By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Family Finance and BudgetAre you giving away money without knowing it?  If I were to call you lazy, you might immediately become defensive and tell me about all of the tasks that you’ve completed on your job this week; the hours you’ve spent grocery...
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Did you know that you can make it through the fall and winter without spending a ton on weather appropriate clothing? .Yes, you can and I am going to tell you how. Here are a few wardrobe tricks for both women and kids to...
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Now that summer is slowly coming to an end and cooler temperatures are just a few weeks away – at least that’s what we’d like to believe -- now is the time to start focusing on fall wardrobe needs for the family.Rather than spend your weekends in brick and mortar stores searching for deals...
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Home and Garden

50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
Looking for a place to retire that is affordable, has lots of activities nearby, a vibrant social scene and an abundance of cultural activies? A college town might just be perfect for you! Following are 2014 "50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S." ranked by cost from lowest to highest, and the colleges that reside in each ...
A New Look for the Bathroom
A New Look for the Bathroom
By Sonya Weiss - Decorating on a Budget - If you look at the photograph included here, it’s easy to see what went wrong in the decorating of this bathroom. First, the sink chosen is far too big for the space and it dwarfs the counter. Both the sink and the counter are out of balance. Secondly, the elongated toilet is also a detriment...

Family Fun

How to Know if you are an
How to Know if you are an "Over the Top" Grandparent
By Cherly Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -All of us have run into grandparents all too eager to show us pictures, slides, jpegs and endless other representations of their grandchildren. While these pictures are immensely interesting to the grandparents themselves, they can prove to be a "real snoozer" for the casual participant...
Ten Field Trips to Avoid
Ten Field Trips to Avoid
By Cheryl Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -  2.         "Inside a Real Landfill:  A One Day Tour of Leftovers from the 1980's." - 3.         "Amazing Sauerkraut:  A Hands-on Museum." -4.         "100...
Making Something out of Nothing
Making Something out of Nothing
By Jillian Bietz - Easy and fun crafts. -Junk drawers. Most everyone has one of some kind; whether it be a corner in a room or a shelf or a drawer; this is the spot where fragments from years past always accumulates. Somehow, all missing pieces of all kinds find their way here, and while it may be tempting to stuff the stash in a recycling...


 

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Nitrate-Rich Foods

Help Increase Blood Flow To The Brain

Increased intake of nitrate rich foods (such as beet juice) increases blood flow to key areas of the brain in older adults. Research scientists are now investigating the possibly of improving mental function and reducing the progression of age related cognitive decline and dementia by increasing intake of specific foods and related nutrients..

The results, published in the journal Nitric Oxide suggest that dietary nitrate may help to improve blood flow in critical areas of the brain known to be involved in cognitive functioning.

"There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we also wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion (blood flow) to the brain. There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as people age, and that's believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition," explained the researchers from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

"We demonstrated the ability of oral nitrate to increase plasma nitrite and to increase cerebral blood flow within white matter in older adult humans," said researchers.

Cognitive Decline
The authors noted that poor blood flow contributes to the development of many disease states and may also be a factor in the decline of physical and cognitive function in aging.

Reduced blood flow to the brain contributes to cognitive impairment, such as a reduction in information processing speed, and to the progression of dementia, however research suggested that nitrites could help to open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen.

Previous studies have shown nitrates to act as a vasodilator, which when taken in through the diet have been observed to decrease blood pressure and improve exercise performance.

According to the researchers, a major feature of nitrite's ability to increase blood flow is that it acts preferentially in conditions of low oxygen, "allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed most."

"Several groups have shown that ingesting diet sources high in nitrate leads to substantial increases in plasma nitrite. We hypothesized that we could use this feature to increase cerebral blood flow in older adults," the researchers said.

Increased Flow
They reported that the high nitrate diet did not alter global cerebral blood flow, but did lead to increased regional blood flow in the frontal lobe white matter; These are the areas of the brain commonly associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions The authors observed the effects of dietary nitrate on plasma nitrite and nitrate levels were sustained after the overnight fast, suggesting that the effects of dietary nitrate may be prolonged.

Direct Effect
"Our results support the proposal that oral nitrate therapy may be beneficial in treating cognitive decline that is often observed with aging. Towards that end, we show a direct effect of dietary nitrate on cerebral blood flow within the subcortical and deep white matter of the frontal lobes," concluded the researchers.

They also added that nitrite had been shown to "not only increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, but also acts preferentially in hypoxic conditions, allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed."

"Based on this notion, our data suggest that a diet high in nitrate might allow increased [blood flow] to those areas of the brain known to be at risk in the elderly and important for cognitive function, the deep white matter in the frontal lobe," they added.

Source: Nitric Oxide Journal
Published online 2010.
"Acute effect of a high nitrate diet on brain perfusion in older adults"

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