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Hot & Happy: Hydration Tips for Kids

hot happy hydratedDr. Lynne Kenney and Kidlutions provide famliles with tips to make this summer the best one yet.

The sweltering summer months can be so difficult on our little ones. Frustration and feeling out of control can be amplified with the heat and humidity, robbing our bodies of water. Avoid falling for the myth that giving them any liquid will keep them hydrated and happy, it can actually cause more harm than good. Sugar, soda, and chemicals can be more dehydrating and damaging. When we don’t get adequate H2O our bodies don’t move cells around, which can cause more physical and mental exhaustion.

Hydration Tips and Tricks

  • An excellent method for measuring how much water is needed each day is to divide your child’s body weight by 2. This will determine the number of ounces of water necessary for optimal health. If they are really active this may need to be increased.
  • Avoid juice; the sugar can cause dehydration and a crash later on. Freeze juice (100% juice) in ice cube trays or add berries to water bottles.
  • Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.Opt for coconut water, which replenishes the body naturally and has potassium.
  • Even sports drinks can be dehydrating with the added sodium and sugar, unless your child has just done a 10K opt for water instead.
  • Make it fizzy. There are some amazing carbonating beverage makers that literally pay for themselves in 10-20 uses. A bubbles and some natural flavor from a orange or lemon can make drinking water fun for little ones, plus they can get creative with what they want to add (grapefruit and strawberry is a must try).
  • Avoid flavor packets that can be added to water should also be avoided because they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which are damaging to brain and dehydrating.
  • Dilute juice with water using a ratio of at least 50:50, make sure it is 100% juice, no additives.

Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Daily Health Organzier from Dr. Lynne

#StresslessSummer Your Daily Health Organizer Free Printable

Dr. Lynne Kenney does it again!  Here she shares an invaluable tool that all of our families (adults too) can benefit from!  Check out her book Bloom Brain Based Parenting for More Helpful Parenting Tips

Recently, we were on holiday as a family and I found it so easy to exercise and eat well every day. We were on relaxation speed. But when we got home it was back to chasing horses at 7 am, writing til noon, phone calls, radio shows etc. Whoa! Where did all that health fly to? So yesterday I made a little daily health sheet for our fridge to bring fitness front-of-mind. I thought you all might enjoy it as well.  Wendy Young @kidlutions, I and all our colleagues on the #StresslessSummer series ~ @TheSpicyRD, @HAPPYsuperfoods, Sue Atkins @sueatkins, Naomi Richards @thekidscoach, Emily Roberts @EmilyRobertsLPC, Maria Freeman @littlejots, Deb McNelis @braininsights, Victoria @HMMilitary, Jan Katzen @nutritionistjan, Kelly Cairns @kellycairns and more wish you a happy, healthy summer!

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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What’s in Your Popsicle?

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We love being a part oft the #StressLessSummer Series with Dr .Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young authors of Bloom! Brain Based Parenting. This week we are focusing the effects of summer foods on the brain, and it’s contribution to behaviors. Here are some tips to make your frozen treats better for your brain.

The summer heat can tempt us to reach for a cool treat, but beware of what lies beneath the wrapper. Even bars that are all natural and 100% fruit can cause tremendous changes to the brain and your child’s behavior.  stresslessssummer pic

The brain responds to the sugar overhaul by spiking blood sugar and excitatory neurotransmitters temporarily, leading to a behavioral “crash and burn.” Scientifically speaking, even after the first bite, our brain releases a surge of insulin. Often  the pancreas is tired of doing this and it will ask the adrenals to help because a “load” of sugar has hit the body and it needs to be handled. This does cause an excitatory response in children, leading to behavioral bursts. If it is matched with a protein, the effect will be lessened Plain fruit without some protein to keep the sugar spikes at bay, can feel a pound of sugar to your little ones brain.

Store bought brands may be all fruit but lack the protein. Homemade, brain-friendly, bars are simple and so much better for you. Get creative and enlist your little one to help  test out new recipes. Ziplock now makes Zipzicles, bags to that make homemade popsicles portable!

  • Freeze your favorite Greek yogurt and fresh fruit or preserves, yogurt not only contains a ton of protein but probiotics for maintain a healthy gut.
  • Want to go dairy-free, no problem, make a almond or rice milk-based smoothie and for some extra protein put in a few spoonfuls of nut butter, or protein powder in, along with frozen or fresh fruits (most kids can’t taste the protein powder if its blended well).
  • Craving the islands? Coconut water, pineapple, a bit of protein powder and bananas (with a touch of agave nectar) is my favorite.

Share your family’s frozen favorites below!

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Eight Simple Ways To Feel StressFree This Summer: Part of the #StressLessSummer Series

Friends, we are so excited to be apart of Dr.Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young’s #StressLessSummer series  and their new book Bloom! We will be posting their beyond as part of our international #StresslessSummer series with these awesome resources @happysuperfoods, @kellycairns, @sueatkins, @kidlutions, @nutritionistjan, @littlejots, @positivfamilies, @braininsights, @thespicyrd, @mommyperks and more…Each week look for new posts and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pintrest!stressless summer contrib 200x430-1 (5)

Here are Dr. Lynne’s tips:

1. Create a carefree free attitude. I mean really, why are we still rushing? Take the time to slow down, talk more slowly, walk more slowly and just be plain silly this summer. Summer is made for fun and exploration. So ditch the treadmill and feel carefree:).

2. Stay on a bit of schedule. It will help you get back to school with greater ease. Your home does not have to be totally schedule-free. You can still say up and at-em before noon. If you have teens let em sleep in a touch then make breakfast with them when they get up and going.

3. Find the time to exercise. We added morning family bike rides to our schedule and it helped us to bond, exercise and get those happy hormones going.

4. Eat all the fresh food you can. Berries, greens and local produce will add a spring to your step.

5. Get your sleep. Get to bed at a reasonable hour most evenings. Sleep matters tons in reducing stress.

6. Take a nap. Naps are really great for brain calming, so climb under those covers guilt-free.

7. Play outside. Rain or shine, getting out of doors is a sure way to enjoy the summer hours.

8. Delegate. There is no reason for you to have to wash every dish and do every single load of laundry. Summer is a great time to teach the kids new skills!

Bloom: Helping Children Blossom is the newest book written by Wendy Young and Lynne Kenney, for more visit www.kidlutions.com and www.lynnekenney.com. Together, we can help children blossom.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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