Archive for September, 2010

Yesterday I wrote a post about back to school and coconut water.  I forgot to mention that back to school = many children crammed into a relatively small square footage.  That’s right, germs.  And more germs.  And depending on your child’s diet, a lack of concentration and teachers screeching at you that your child has ADD because s/he will not sit still and pay attention.  Which may or may not be the case (it very rarely is).  But we’ll not get into my views on the public, or even private, school education system and how it’s just not suitable for children…

What I will talk to you about is our fantastic children’s section here at the store.  It’s a wonderland of bacteria and virus fighting goodness!  From elderberry lozenges that help fight viruses,  to probiotics that keep the immune system up, to DHA chewables (YUM!) that can give your child the focus power s/he needs to do well, we have enough to satisfy any kid’s needs 🙂

And here’s a tip for increasing your child’s focus:

Most kids eat sugary cereals for breakfast.  Hey, at least they’re getting something right? But if you want to give them focus and attention super-powers, make sure to give them a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbohydrates, send some protein snackies with them (like string cheese), and perhaps pack them a healthy lunch (school lunches = bleh).  Here’s why…

The sugary cereals are a mix of  simple and complex carbs.  And. That’s. It.  Carbs are quick energy.  So what happens is  Jr. eats his cereal and has a fabulous burst of energy for about an hour or so, can’t sit still and then crashes. Hard.  And then Jr. can’t focus at all.  He’s hungry and tired and irritable. 

But with a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbs (like an apple or whole grain toast),  Jr. gets his quick energy that helps him wake up and get his body going for the day.  And the protein is slow energy.  By the time that quick energy wears off, the slow energy has kicked in and will sustain Jr. ’til lunch time.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah


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Football, soccer, tennis, track… Back to School means sports and extra curricular activities for the little childre-hens.  Before you reach for those sugary sports drinks, take a second to consider coconut water.

Coconut water is a natural sports drink in and of itself.  It’s packed full of electrolytes and natural sugars (fruit sugars = a-ok. Processed sugar = no bueno) to keep your kids energized through the 9th inning!

Also, since it’s so very awesome, you could drink coconut water anytime you’re feeling a little low.  The sugars and electrolytes give an almost instant boost, kinda like your favorite sports drink.

Composition of coconut water  %
Water 95.5
Nitrogen 0.05
Phosphoric acid 0.56
Potassium 0.25
Calcium oxide 0.69
Magnesium oxide 0.59
Iron 0.5
Total solids 4.71
Reducing sugars 0.80
Total sugars 2.08
Ash 0.62
Source: Pandalai, K. M. (1958). Coconut water and its uses. Coconut Bull. 12, No. 5, 167-173.

Fall is also a time to start thinking ahead to those fantastically fun gift giving holidays.  Many people give plasma around this time of year to help save a life and to earn a little extra cash.  Coconut water is so similar to human plasma that doctors used to administer it intraveniously!

If you do give plasma, here are some tips via: Biolife Plasma Services

While participating in a plasmapheresis program:

Pump up your protein.

Increase your iron.

Tips for before and after every plasma donation:

Down those fluids.

Eat a healthy meal. 

Avoid fatty foods.

Skip the caffeine and alcohol. Caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol can cause dehydration during or after the plasmapheresis procedure.

Not too hot, not too cold.

Catch some ZZZs. Be well rested prior to your plasma donation.

Skip a donation if you’re feeling ill.

Avoid Smoking. Avoid smoking for at least 30 minutes after the completion of your donation.

Know when to see a doctor. Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects, however if you feel faint or dizzy after your donation, either lie down (with your feet elevated above the heart/head level, if possible) or sit with your head between your knees. If any adverse symptoms occur or persist, we encourage you to either contact BioLife’s medical or management staff or see a doctor as soon as possible.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls.

❤ Sarah

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