Children Who Eat Healthy Diets Have a Higher IQ, Study Finds

(NaturalNews) Children who are breastfed and eat healthy foods during childhood experience better physical development than children who eat poor diets. It has also been speculated that the consumption of quality foods leads to a higher IQ, but few long-term studies have been done until now. Researchers at the University of Adelaide looked at the link between eating habits and IQ.

The study of more than 7,000 children showed that kids who are breastfed and have a healthy diet during the first two years of life, have a slightly better IQ at the age of eight than children who are eating junk foods.

Children who were eating a diet based on legumes, cheese, fruits and vegetables had a two point higher IQ at the age of eight. Kids who ate mostly processed foods and food with a high-carbohydrate density, experienced two points lower IQ.

Although there was only a small difference in IQ, it can be assumed that a more controlled study would have led to significantly better improvements. The healthy children in this study were definitely eating more nutritious foods than the unhealthy group, but they were still consuming a fair amount of typical western foods. Also, the study only looked at the diet at 12 and 24 months, not the remaining six years up until age eight.

It’s well established that children who are breastfed develop a healthier gut flora and better immune system than children who are given formula and ready-prepared baby foods. The research at the University of Adelaide reveals that breastfeeding also can positively affects the IQ of the child.

This study shows that children who consume mostly whole foods during the first years of life have a slightly higher IQ when they grow up. Children who are not eating western foods and base their diet exclusively on organic whole-foods will most likely have an even higher IQ.

Despite our technological advancements and economic expansion; we are getting dumber and dumber because of poor nutrition. Feeding a growing child processed junk foods directly influences the child’s development and should be considered child abuse.

Sources for this article include:

Smithers LG, Golley RK, Mittinty MN, et al. Dietary patterns at 6, 15 and 24months of age are associated with IQ at 8years of age.

Eur J Epidemiol. 2012 Jul;27(7):525-35. Epub 2012 Jul 19.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120807095740.htm

McDade, T.W., Rutherford J. , Adair, L, et al. Early origins of inflammation: microbial exposures in infancy predict lower levels of C-reactive protein in adulthood

Published online before print December 9, 2009, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1795

About the Author: Eric Hunter

Eric is the editor of OrganicFitness.com and a writer for GutFlora.com/TheGutDiet.com. He’s an independent writer with a strong interest in personal health and the power of nature to help us heal.  He studies Public Nutrition and specializes in the human microbiome, inflammation and gut permeability.  Eric works as a personal trainer and currently coaches a few dedicated clients on their way to a better physique. He specializes on barbell- , kettlebell- and sprint- training. Subjects like mass building and weight loss are some of his favorites. Eric believes that lifestyle choices have to be made on an evolutionary basis!

Peak performance starts at the cellular level

A blood cell lasts 60 – 120 days, in 3 – 4 months your blood supply is completely replaced, in 6 months almost all proteins are replaced, even the DNA of your genes, and in a year all your bone cells are replaced, constructed  entirely out of the nutrients you eat.  So, you really are what you eat!! Cumulative damage from oxidative stress in athletes (who are aerobically fit but not nutritionally fit) can be neutralized by matching the level of physical activity with the amount of antioxidants in their diet, reducing the risk of injuries and illness.

With Proper Nutrition you can:

  •  Increase antioxidants and reduce the impact of harmful free radicals
  •  Increase your lean muscle mass and reduce body fat.
  •  Enjoy quicker recovery times, fewer injuries, less illness, and less strain on your immune system, work out longer and harder without creating further stress on your body.

Avoid sugar, caffeine, pyruvate, creatine phosphate hormones and other potentially harmful substances many athletes use to enhance their short-term performance. Be the best athlete you can be without running your body into the ground.

Exercise is beneficial to the body for a multitude of reasons.  Yet exercise puts nutritional demands on the body as we burn more fuel and push our physical limits.  Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants that help minimize oxidative stress.   Plants produce antioxidants to protect them from free radical damage due to radiation from the sun.  Since we do not similarly produce most antioxidants, we have to eat fruits and vegetables to get them.

Bioavailability studies conducted on Juice Plus+ reported improved antioxidant capacity and reduced lipid peroxides, a key indicator of oxidative stress. In addition, researchers at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro found that Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden and Vineyard Blends together were effective in reducing a marker for oxidative stress associated with aerobic exercise. In a follow-up study at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro Juice Plus+ was also shown to reduce oxidative stress resulting from resistance exercise (such as strength training) compared to placebo.

Juice Plus+ is good, whole food based nutrition made simple for athletes of all levels who want to enjoy the benefits of health & wellness to enhance their physical activity.


Disease-Fighting Phytochemicals – Dr. Humbart Santillo

By on May 16, 2012 in Nutrition

DISEASE-FIGHTING PHYTOCHEMICALS

Whole foods supply a cornucopia of beneficial compounds in a synergistic balance that can never be duplicated by man. Raw foods that are not processed or cooked have a God-given balance that co-exists as interconnected food elements: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Along with these traditional nutrients is another huge group of naturally occurring chemicals that are now known to benefit the body as well–you’ll recognize their name as the current nutritional buzz-word “phytochemicals.” The term is derived from the prefix “phyto,” which means plant. Phytochemicals, also called phytonutrients, are compounds found naturally in fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and legumes. There are literally hundreds and maybe even thousands of phytochemicals in each species of plant.

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Fast-Food Ad Familiarity Making Kids Fat?

Research recently presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston revealed familiarity with fast food commercials can increase the likelihood young adults will be overweight.

If you ever got one of those annoying jingles stuck in your head, you know exactly how powerful advertising can be. Fast food restaurants spend billions a year, and guess what? Those ads aren’t aimed at you; they’re mostly targeted at children and adolescents.

“This study links obesity in young people to familiarity with this advertising,” said lead author Dr. Auden C. McClure, “suggesting that youth who are aware of and receptive to televised fast-food marketing may be at risk for health consequences.”

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How the Tower Garden Works

The space age Tower Garden™ technology took 10 years to fully develop into the product we have today.

The Tower Garden by Juice Plus+:

·       Highly oxygenates the roots to grow healthy strong plants

·       Feeds the plants a water based mineral solution

·       Produces food in a “green” or sustainable vertical growing system

Create a highly oxygenated environment for optimal plant growth

To achieve the first goal, we designed a water based growing system that features a highly oxygenated environment for the plant roots. Modern research has shown that increased oxygen to the root system helps to prevent disease and improves plant growth.

Feed the plants a water based mineral solution: “Tower Tonic”

To achieve the first and second goal of producing healthy plants and healthy food for people, we also had to develop a water based mineral solution to support the Tower Garden™ technology.

It took support from leading world experts in plant and human nutrition to develop the proprietary Tower Tonic plant food we use today. The Tower Tonic contains a wide range of specially formulated ionic minerals and plant nutrients. The Tower Tonic is the world’s first high performance ionic mineral solution specifically designed for all types of food and flowering crops.

Functions as a “green” or sustainable technology

The modular Tower Garden technology can be utilized anywhere in the world. This is highly beneficial because the carbon footprint of the food is greatly reduced by virtually eliminating shipping and storage.

The Tower Gardenuses a closed system technology to recycle 100% of the nutrients and water. This means the plants use as little as 5 percent of the nutrients and water that is commonly used in conventional and organic farming.

Finally, the pH balanced ionic minerals and plant nutrients found in the Tower Tonic (Ionic mineral based plant food used in the Tower Garden), produce strong, healthy plants that can better protect themselves from plant pests and disease. This reduces the use of organic and conventional pesticides.

Juicing vs. Juice Plus+®ing

Science of Juice Plus 16

Liza Pepple, Manager of Product Quality at NSA, talks with us about the Juice Plus+®ing process in this month’s Q and A.

Question

Dear Liza:

Can you talk about how Juice Plus+® is different than Juicing? Also, in what ways is Juice Plus+® different than other whole food based supplements out there?

Answer

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