The harms of cereal

Top Ingredients in Cereal That Can Harm Your Child

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Are you feeding your child a toxic breakfast?

As we’ve taught, and our parent’s taught before us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, that statement only stands true when we’re serving a healthy dish. While it is easy to supply your children with cereal that takes seconds to pour into a bowl and is an easy clean-up, many commercial brands of cereals out in the markets today are loaded with nasty ingredients that our children should never have.

Be aware of these common ingredients that can be harmful to your child’s health.

Added Sugar
Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, evaporated cane juice – whatever it is labeled, you don’t want to be serving up your child sugar for breakfast. While this may make anything taste sweet and desirably better, sugar can be detrimental to our health. More and more research is tying sugar in the standard American diet to all sorts of chronic disease and ailments.

Hydrogenated Oils
Partially hydrogenated oils contain trans fats, which is notably linked to cancer. In fully hydrogenated fats, you’ll find saturated fats. What’s more, trans fat is linked to cancer, heart disease, and immune system problems. As trans fats are not generally regarded as safe according to the FDA, it’s best to avoid them altogether.


Even though food additives like BHA and BHT are generally regarded as safe, some studies have linked BHA to cancer and BHT as a trigger for ADHD. In fact, some ADHD diets avoid BHA and BHT because parents across America have noticed a lack of impulse control after children consume it. Furthermore, additives like artificial food dyes have been known to cause hyperactivity in children. Red 3, a conventional dye, has been listed as a carcinogen by the FDA.

As we, the consumer, become more informed about our choices of what to eat, we make healthier and more mindful choices. As a parent, the concern of your child’s health will undoubtedly cause you to reconsider buying cereals with known toxins.

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how to limit inflammation

Simple Steps to Fight Inflammation

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Reduce signs of inflammation by starting treatment early.

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced some form of inflammation. Acute inflammation can leave you with pain around the infected area, redness, immobility, swelling, and heat. The issue with inflammation is what comes after the body’s initial response. Inflammation can last longer than the initial healing phase, and issues such as lowered immunity, degenerative diseases, and even cancer can come into the picture.

Here are three steps you can take to reduce inflammation today.

Eat Clean

What we eat on a daily basis will have a profound effect on the body’s ability to fight inflammation and prevent it from happening. An anti-inflammatory diet can go a long way in reducing inflammation, as well as improving overall health. Top anti-inflammatory foods are leafy green vegetables, dark green vegetables, berries, coconut, Asian mushrooms, pineapple, apples, and spirulina. Meat, poultry, and dairy products are pro-inflammatory and one should have a reduced consumption if not elimination when looking to fight inflammation. Flour and sugar are made from refined carbohydrates that promote inflammation, too.

Exercise Regularly

Incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your schedule every day. Not only will this reduce inflammation and boost your immune function, but it will provide cardiovascular benefits, boost your mood, and decrease your stress levels. Bear in mind that excessive intense exercise can increase inflammation and cause injury, so don’t overdo it.

Limit Exposure to Toxins
When the immune system is faced with foreign substances like environmental toxins, it typically reacts by creating inflammation. Start to identify where you come in contact with these toxins, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and pesticides, and try to eliminate your exposure to them.

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