The Importance of Clean Air in the Home for Children

 

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We think about the importance of keeping the air clear in the outside world  We know that air pollution can harm our lungs and shorten our lives.  But, we don’t always think about the dangers of the pollution.  It can be harmful to the developing respiratory systems of children.  W must think about the importance of keeping the indoor air we breathe clean as well.  Here are a few reasons on the importance of clean air in the home for children:

Breeding Disease

If someone in a family has a cold, there is a good chance other family members will catch the cold as well.  This likelihood will greatly increase if the family home has a dirty ventilation system.  Recirculating old, diseased-filled air can affect the quality of air in a home. The damp and dark environs that prevail in a vent are the perfect breeding ground bacteria.  This bacteria is then blown by the air conditioning or heating throughout the home.  These diseases can last long past the time the original sufferer has recovered.  They can even re-infect family members months later.

Chronic Illnesses

Communicable diseases can infest a building.  The air must be kept clean.   Additionally, indoor pollution can also exacerbate the conditions of children with chronic illnesses. This includes children who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other conditions where their lungs are affected.  Allergies can make people uncomfortable.  Furthermore, allergens that are allowed to thrive in the ducts of a house can become life threatening.  A good cleaning is required to remove them.  These same airborne particles will harm the underdeveloped lungs of a child with asthma.

Active Living

Keeping kids physically active is more difficult than ever in the days of smart devices, video game consoles, and Youtube videos. But, one factor keeping kids from exercising beyond the availability of these distractions is the quality of air.  Kids who live in a polluted household will likely feel more tired.  This has a cascading effect because the physical activities. A lack of physical activities leads to poor physical health.

Longevity

So what is the cumulative effect of all of these benefits on your children? As various studies prove, keeping the air clean is associated with a longer and healthier life.  In the long term, your efforts to keep the air clear for your kids will result in reduced chances of lung cancer and respiratory illnesses.  Furthermore, it will improve your child’s general health and a feeling of wellness.  If someone told you that feeding your child a particular meal would help them live a longer life, you would certainly jump prepare the meal for your child.  Keeping clean air in your house is exactly that kind of opportunity.

Last, having clean air in the home is not a huge expense.  Mostly importantly, it just requires you to make the effort to clean it up. Quality and quantity of life for your children is an awesome reward.

Caring For Kids In The Twenty First Century

 

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Children really are a blessing. They are joyous and completely change your life with their energy, enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder. They also produce some of the most terrifying moments of your life. Caring for kids can be overwhelming at times. It only takes them wandering away from you in a supermarket just once for you to never want to let go of their hand again.  One second they are there, and you turn away for just a moment, and they manage to completely disappear. When you eventually find them you want to hug them and shout at them at the same time. It is not really their fault. They, thankfully, do not realize what the potential dangers might be.

Another sometimes stressful thing about children is when they are unwell. All you want for a child when it is born, and for the rest of their life, is for them to be healthy and happy. The reality of life is that no one is always, at every moment, healthy and happy. Children are no different. There is reason to be optimistic though. We are living in the best possible time in history for healthcare. Scientists learn more and more everyday about how to help this ailment or solve that one and their understanding will only increase. Technology has played a great part in this too. Kids, as they grow and change, will have all sorts of things that go a bit askew. Fortunately, there are also ways to help them. Here are few to be aware of:

Running a Fever

Perhaps the most common, and for many parents, the most alarming problem is a child with a high temperature.  It causes such concern because everybody knows that it is a sign that something is wrong somewhere.  A high temperature is never good, but there are ways to bring it down without a trip to the doctor or hospital.  You can purchase over the counter medicine, a cool damp washcloth on the forehead, popsicles, ice cream or a few ideas. If the temperature remains at 104 degrees or higher consult your pediatrician immediately. The fact remains, it is difficult seeing them in pain, especially since they themselves do not understand it.

Developmental Progress

Aside from infrequent illnesses like fevers, another pressing concern while caring for kids is a child’s developmental progress.  Autism is in the news a lot because of claims that certain vaccines may have caused it in some children.  However, an issue that gets less attention is speech development. It can have a massive impact on a child’s entire life. Technology now allows children to get treatment with experts around the country through online calls. There are lots of helpful telepractice resources that you can read.  Treat speech development problems early.

SIDS

On a particularly positive note, science has helped reduce SIDS deaths (or crib death as it is sometimes known) by half by encouraging parents to put their children to sleep on their backs. It is not understood why, but children who sleep on their back rather than their stomach are at a reduced risk.

While parents will never stop worrying, there is more reasons to be optimistic now than ever before.  We hope that you found our tips on caring for kids beneficial.

 

 

Why Do We Have Obese Children?

 

 

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I love seeing young families. I decided to take my grandson to a near-by park so that we could spend quality time together.  The park is small and located in a middle class neighborhood. We were there for approximately an hour, and during that time period I witnessed one other family out with their child.  Lets count, 2 children in the park.

It was a beautiful day, so I wondered where the children were. There was a nice trail for the kids to ride bikes or take a walk as a family.  So, why weren’t families in the park on such a beautiful day?  Again, it was in a nice neighborhood so safety shouldn’t have been a concern.  It bothered me so much, that when we went back to the house and I scoured the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, there was not a child in sight.  Why aren’t our children riding bikes through the neighborhood or playing hopscotch?  I remember playing hopscotch for hours on Saturdays after breakfast and using my roller skates. If we weren’t playing either of those games, we walked around the neighborhood going nowhere in particular.

I spent Saturdays at the roller skating rink with my daughter and for 12 years chauffeured her back and forth to dance classes.  I spent another 3 years watching her cheer our high school basket and football team on and running track on the off season. We moved on to college where she danced and her now husband played football. Not every child will be athletic, but we can teach them to move and monitor what they eat, can’t we.

Two people came to mind while I was thinking about the non-existent children in the neighborhood and park.  First Maury Povich. Why Maury? Because Maury has brought light to the problems that obese children will endure and how we as parents contribute to that problem.  I’ve watched Maury when he has featured children who are severely overweight. I’m not talking about 5 or 10 pounds, but 30, 40 and 50 pounds overweight and they were only 3, 4 or 5 years old.  Can you image what they will encounter in school. These children were eating whole pizzas, 3 – 4 pieces of chicken, a dozen doughnuts or cupcakes, and drinking liters of soda. It was one of the saddest shows that I ever witnessed. They were literally feeding their child to death.

Second, I thought about Michelle Obama and the work she did on childhood obesity with the Lets Move campaign.  Children are obese because they are inside playing computer games or pasted to the sofa watching TV.  While they are watching TV and playing computer games, they are over eating.  We’ve allowed our children to become “couch potatoes”.  We’re not spending time together experiencing the great outdoors.  The sound of children running and playing is missed in the neighborhood.  I miss seeing moms sitting in the park mingling with other moms and watching their children play.

Furthermore, I know times have changed and we can’t let our children run around most neighborhoods unsupervised, but we can encourage our children to get outside and move.  And we can monitor what they eat. If we as parents aren’t encouraging our children to move, how will they learn about exercise and being healthy.  If we aren’t setting limits, and providing healthy meals how will they know  about healthy eating?

We live in the land of good and plenty, and we are some of the most obese people in the world.  I decided to join the Lets Move movement. Not only for my grandchildren, but for myself as well. I want to join my daughter and son-in-law in setting an example for my grandchildren. Exercise has not been at the top of my list, but I’m striving to change that each day.  I make it a point to take walks with my grandchildren when they visit, and when I visit them. We will go to the park, ride bicycles, and shot hoops in the driveway.  I don’t want my grandchildren to become one of America’s statistics.

The struggle with diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases associated with being overweight is real. I want to a part of the solution, not the problem.  Finally, how do you feel about obesity in our country? What outdoor activities do you with your child? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  You may also like 10 Tips To Get Your Child Moving.

How to Get Your Kids to Be More Physically Active

 

 

Getting kids to move from the bed and the couch and away from the video games or the TV is getting more and more difficult.  Furthermore, our children are becoming more obese because they no longer get physical exercise.  Their diet is filled with junk foods like fries, sodas, milkshakes and sweet snacks.  None of it  does not much to help their health.

Diabetes, anxiety, childhood obesity and heart problems are a few grave risks that children with unhealthy lifestyles face.  Physical activity is important for everyone; however, for kids it is crucial.  Physical activity helps kids develop strong bones, maintain a healthy weight and increase their confidence level and social skills.  An active body is also less susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes and more likely to have better sleep and mental health.

Kids should get as much physical activity as possible,  but an hour a day is the minimum amount of time that they should be active.  Kids are often annoyed when their favorite video game is taken away.  Regardless, parents must make sure that they go outdoors and move their bodies.  To get your kids to be more physically active try our kids exercise tips:

  1. Find a fun activity –  Instead of just sending your kids to the park or outside to play, help them find an activity that excites them.  It may be a martial arts or a dance class.  Additionally, it could be something as simple as getting them a basketball hoop.  The can play basketball in the drive way with neighborhood kids or siblings. The more they enjoy the activity, the easier it will be for you to get to do it.
  2. Be an active role model –  If you are an active role model, the kids will look forward to physical activity. You can either join in on the fun with them or you can do your own exercise near by.  Seeing you can directly influence them. Most kids enjoy imitating their parents, so this should work for the both of you.
  3. Teach or learn a new skill together   Find the time to  teach your kids cycling, skateboarding, skipping and other fun physical activities. If there is something you would like to learn that make it even better. You can learn together.  There are many sports that both parents and kids can learn together like tennis, baseball or golf.
  4. More active toys   Children will be more inclined to turning off the TV if they have exciting toys to play with. Instead of investing in all the newest iPads, consoles and video games, keep active toys in the house.  When you want them to head outside and play, give a ball, jump ropes, or Frisbee.

It’s estimated by a study that currently only 1 out of 3 kids are physically active in the U.S.  While kids spend more than 7 hours playing and watching videos on their phones, computers, and other devices.  Today, more than ever, our kids require a healthy, active lifestyle.  Keeping them healthy now will help lead them towards a healthier adulthood.

We hope that you found our kids exercise tips helpful, and you will implement a few into their life.  You may also like Water Infused Drinks Your Kids Will Love.

About the author: James Smith is a survivalist, who loves to write about survival skills and techniques. Currently, he is working for Teotwawki Supplies, offering a complete range of survival and emergency kits. Follow him on twitter @jamessmith1609.

Sunday’s Best Linkup- #118

 

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Welcome to Week 118 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the last week of our Bunny Trail theme. We’re still looking for spring and Easter crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and recipes for baked goods and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Brittany at A Mama Tale

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Debbie selected Melted Crayon Easter Eggs from There’s Just One Mommy 

Easter egg decorating ideas

 

 

Rhonda selected April Fools It’s a Cake from Love My Big Happy Family 

   April Fools Cake Ides

Kim selected Grilled Cheese Heaven from Dreaming of Leaving 

 grilled cheese sandwich recipes

 

 

Brittany selected 10 Favorite Spring Projects from Keeping It Real 

spring break projects

The Post with the Most Clicks

   Penny’s Club Foot from Reviews, Chews and How- Tos

  

children with club feet

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  The Bunny Trail

Moss Covered Bunny from My Pinterventures

Easter Craft Ideas

and

Easy Bunny Craft from Across the Blvd. 

 Easter crafts
and

Chocolate Rice Krispies Easter Egg Nests from My Gorgeous Recipes

 

 Easter food ideas

and

Happy Easter Printable from My Busy Beehives

Easter Printables

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Tips For Designing a Child’s Bedroom

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Designing a child’s bedroom is perhaps the most challenging decorating endeavor of them all.  It has to be fun and engaging during the day, yet quiet and lulling during the night.  In addition, it must be safe and healthy at all times. To achieve that, you will have to consider numerous factors including the layout and furniture.  If the room is of limited size or occupied by two or more children, your task will be even more complicated.  Still, complicated doesn’t mean impossible.  And if you are creative and plan everything, you will be able to design a perfect kid’s room.  Start with our tips on designing a child’s bedroom:

Start with a Color Palette

The color palette will set the tone for your remaining décor efforts.  So, don’t take the color palette lightly.  Color can affect a kids’ behavior in many ways.  For example, nurturing sensitivity, causing restlessness and encouraging confidence. Here are some useful hints for using color:

  • Red, as a prevailing color, causes anxiety, but it is great when used as accents.
  • Orange promotes confidence.
  • Yellow boosts concentration, but it shouldn’t be used in large amounts.
  • Green is calming and it improves comprehension.  According to some people, it improves reading skills.
  • Blue is a stress reliever.
  • Purple inspires compassion and sensitivity.
  • Pink is soothing.

It is also important to note that warm tones, in general, evoke happiness.  Cool colors (if used properly) have a soothing effect.

Introduce Furniture

The basic furniture pieces every kid’s room needs are a bed, a dresser, and a practical storage solution. Everything else will depend on your kids’ specific needs and preferences, as well as on the size of the room. To be sure you’re on the right track, just follow these guidelines:

  • The furniture needs to be the right size for the children.
  • Kids need lots of storage for their toys and stuff. Make sure the storage is simple for them to organize the things.
  • Leave enough floor space for playing.
  • Add some fun to it (e.g. a roof on the bed, a slide that makes getting out of bed in the morning much more fun, etc.).
  • Be prepared for sleepovers (extra bed or mattress).

Encourage Various Activities

Kids’ room should be a space where children learn about the world and enjoy. Depending on their age, the room should include various areas aimed at different activities. A reading nook (just throw on some pillows in the corner, add a floor lamp and a bookshelf) is useful for all ages, while a homework station is great addition for schoolers. Include something creative, such as a zone for creating art (small wooden table, with papers, pencils, scissors, etc.), a playing area (one part of the room that is not too crowded) or a nook for socializing (several lazy bags arranged in a circle).

Make It Fun, Creative and Engaging

 

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Kids’ room should emit positive energy, but also inspire imaginative thinking. This can happen if you enrich the room with various accessories and additions, such as dry-erase wallpaper, chalkboard walls, alphabet and maps posters, creative area rugs, building blocks and other decorative toys.

Solutions for a Shared Kid’s Room

If you think that you can’t pull all this off in a small shared kids’ room, you are wrong. Of course, it will be challenging, but you can do it, especially with these tips:

  • Use bunk beds.
  • Or wall-mounted sliding tracks so that the beds can be separated for sleeping, and stacked on one side of the room during the day.
  • Go vertical with storage.
  • Divide the closet with extra shelves and storage boxes.
  • Store stuff under the bed in bins and boxes.

Unless you are designing a nursery, don’t forget to ask your children for their opinion. After all, they are the ones that will have to spend their days and nights in that room.  We hope that you have found our tips on designing a child’s bedroom helpful.

About the author:  Molly is a blogger at Smooth Decorator based in Australia. She is a student of Art and design. Drawing, photography and especially urban design are her passions. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching documentary movies about the history of art and interior design.

4 Simple Ways to Prevent Allergies in Your Home

 

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Common allergies can cause people to live with annoying, painful symptoms. If you have allergies, then you have probably experienced headaches, runny noses, sleepless nights, and other problems. You can put an end to your suffering — and the suffering of your family members — by using these four simple ways to prevent allergies in your home.


Keep Pets Off Furniture

Letting your pets get on the furniture will cause problems for people who are sensitive to dander. Instead of letting your dog or cat share the couch with you, get a separate bed that will keep your furry friend comfortable. It only takes a small amount of training for domestic animals to understand that they aren’t allowed on furniture.

If you can’t resist snuggling with your pet, get a hypoallergenic breed that won’t make allergic people feel sick. Popular hypoallergenic breeds include:

 

  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Poodle
  • Schnauzer

Cats tend to cause more allergic reactions than dogs, but there are a few hypoallergenic breeds to consider.

Replace Your HVAC System’s Air Filter

Your home’s HVAC system can remove a lot of allergens from the air. It can only do the job well, though, when it has a clean filter to capture dust, pet dander, and other allergens.

Some experts recommend replacing air filters once per month. That works as a general rule, but in reality, your filter will collect more dirt during times of the year when you use your air conditioner or furnace frequently. Inspect your filter monthly to see if you need to replace it. Don’t let more than 90 days pass between replacements, though. If it’s been 90 days, your home’s indoor air quality will benefit from a new filter.

Ask People to Use Doormats Before Coming In

When you think of pollen, you probably imagine it floating through the air. The air’s pollen count will affect allergies, but so will pollen that enters your home in other ways. Your shoes are one of the most common ways to track pollen into a house. When you walk across the lawn, you collect large amounts of pollen from small plants.

You can limit the amount of pollen that enters your home by having everyone wipe their feet before entering. It’s a good idea to put a mat on the inside and outside of each exterior doorway. With two doormats, you’ll take control of the pollen that tries to enter your house on shoes.

Vacuum and Dust Weekly

No matter what you do, some allergens will get inside your home. Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the allergens from accumulating. Take time to vacuum and dust each room every week.

If you don’t already clean once per week, then it may take a while for you to get into the habit. Eventually, though, spending a few hours vacuuming and dusting will seem like a normal thing to do on the weekends.

It only takes a little effort to banish allergens from your home. In return, your household will enjoy better health and freedom from the sneezing, coughing, and other irritations that are caused by allergic reactions.

We hope that you find our tips on Simple Ways to Prevent Allergies beneficial.   You may also like Choosing the Perfect Pet for Your Family and House Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms.

 

 

 

Inspirational Quotes – Passion

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #117

 

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Welcome to Week 117 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Bunny Trail theme. We’re looking for spring and Easter crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and recipes for baked goods and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Brittany at A Mama Tale

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

We would like to welcome our new host Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:

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Debbie selected Searching For Treats from Plum Perfect and Me 

Sunday's Best Linkup

Rhonda selected Rainbow Tablescape DIY Balloon Garland from Birds Party

kids birthday party ideas   


Kim selected 20 Hours With Boys from Agent 54

 

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Brittany selected 25 Cute Bunny Crafts from There’s Just One Mommy

bunny crafts
The Post with the Most Clicks

   The Importance of Sweat from Healthy Helper    

  Sunday's Best Linkup

 

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  The Bunny Trail

Spring Bunny from My Pinterventures

Sunday's Best Linkup
and

21 Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers for Toot’s Mom Is Tired

Sunday's Best Linkup
 and

Carrot Eggs from the Lazy Gastronome

 

Easter Ideas
 Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Why Putting Color In Your Diet Is A Good Thing

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First, did you know that fruit and vegetables that are brightly colored are packed with nutrients.  This includes green, orange, red, yellow, purple and blue products.  Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain the most phytochemicals.  Phytochemicals, also called phytonutrients, are natural compounds that that are found in plants. Most importantly, phytochemicals also have antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant benefits.  Putting color in your diet is a good thing.

Consuming nutritious fruits and vegetables, passes benefits on to us. This includes watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and the list goes on.  Furthermore, phytochemicals protect us against various ailments.  In addition, they help us to maintain good health. These nutrients regulate detoxification of enzymes and hormone metabolism.  Also, they stimulate the immune system.

Additionally, we should consume at least 5 servings of these fruits and vegetable every day. They can help to slow down the aging process.  And they help to reduce the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  Other risks they help reduce are cataracts, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections, and cancer.  In addition, making fruits and vegetables a part of your everyday meals, supplies nutrients essential to good health.  Fruits and vegetables reduce our calorie and fat intake.

Getting your daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies every day can be difficult. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can adopt to help achieve your goal.  Keep a range of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.  Prepare them in advance to use in various dishes and stir fries.  You can also snack on vegetables such as carrots and celery with a healthy dip like hummus.

Drink pure fruit juices instead of flavored drinks and sodas.  Also eat fruits for dessert. When making a sandwich, go easy on the meat and include some veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. You can also enjoy fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies for breakfast instead of filling yourself up with carbs.

For more information on the amazing benefits of eating a spectrum of colored fruits and vegetables, take a look at the infographic below.

Colours of Healthy Eating

 

Final Thoughts

We hope that our article on putting color in your diet was inspirational.   Eating a variety of different colored produce every day is an excellent way to take care of your physical and mental health.  So, include a few of our recommendations with each meal or snack.  We suggest that you consume some fruits and vegetables from each color group.  Last, you will soon be on the path to better health and start to see visible results.

 

Bio

Olivia writes on health and food at Everynutrient.com!  You can find her article on the yoli diet and other articles on health and fitness for people from all walks of life. Every Nutrient focuses on effective changes that you can make to live a healthy and fulfilled life!