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Back to School Crafts
Back to School Crafts
Get ready for school with these fun back to school crafts!Back to School crafts are an easy way for kids to gear up for a great school year.Back to School Crafts and School Lunch Ideas:Back Pack Name Tag -Locker Magnets - Locker Mirrors -&nbs...
School Readiness Kindergarten to High School Check List
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Help your children, kindergarten through High School, get ready and succeed in the coming school year.  Know what skills they need and provide activities throughout the summer to help them develop the skills needed to be a success at school.School Readiness check list Kindergarten to High...
Back to School Time
Back to School Time
Here are some fun facts about school: 79 million children attend US schools from pre-school to college. Families spend $8.5 billion on school clothing.  And 77% of children age 3-6 spend all day in school.Get ready for this school year with these tips about  - 5 Simple...

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Celebrate Grandparents Day
Celebrate Grandparents Day
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Bullying—Within the Home!
Bullying—Within the Home!
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT, Counselor's Corner - When we think of bullying, we think of a big kid beating up on a smaller one or kids harassing one another online.Sadly, it also happens within our own homes; however, we may be so used to it that we consider it of no consequence. Who bullies children in their own homes?  Siblings can,...
Landmarks of a GREAT Preschool
Landmarks of a GREAT Preschool
By America's Nanny Michelle LaRowe - For children aged 3 to 5, preschool can be a positive first introduction to the classroom. Preschool provides an opportunity for children to develop important social skills, in addition to academic fundamentals. Preschool allows for children to learn to interact and play with others, to interact...

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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
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Vegetarian Kabobs on the Grill
Vegetarian Kabobs on the Grill
Kabobs are a summer barbeque staple.They are super easy to make and are a great way to get your kids to eat healthy and get involved in the kitchen. Simply form your own assembly line and allow your children to carefully place ingredients on the skewers.Vegetarian kabobs are also a great...

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...

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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...
Getting Off to a Good Start, Back to School Shopping
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By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - I n this month’s column, I am providing some tips to help you plan and save this back to school season. College Bound ChildrenAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 3.4 million high school students...

Fall 2014

Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don't
Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don't
Apple Picking Family FunApple 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
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Are Your saying this fall, "I have nothing to do!" I'm bored! No more excuses-here is a list of 60 fun things to do for teens when you are bored!Fun things to do!1.  Go apple picking 2.  Go pumpkin picking 3.  Attend a...
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Have a Memorable Family Reunion
Have a Memorable Family Reunion
Location, Location, LocationChoosing a location for your reunion can be a stressful when trying to figure out how you can be fair to the relatives in New Jersey and those in  Louisiana, and Michigan all at the same time. Just try to select a location that will please the largest number of people… or, send out an e-mail...
Cute Back to School Outfits for 9th Grade
Cute Back to School Outfits for 9th Grade
Fall 2014 Color Trends: misty yellow, cranberry, sweet potato,royal blue, black and white. - Patterned leggings with button down shirt - you are sure to be hit, in this trendy fall outfit. Absolutely never combine patterned leggings with a patterned top, maybe different colors not too gaudy. On the other hand a basic tee...
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Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again
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Family Canoe Trip Tips
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It's Time for the State Fair
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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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