Food to manage body-ache, menstruation, irritable mood, hyperactivity and anxiety

Food choices can directly impact stress levels in the body. Consuming refined or processed carbs like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice can directly increase the blood sugar in the body and ultimately impact stress levels. On the contrary, foods which are whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, barley or other high fibre foods can control the spike in blood sugar and manage stress. Fibre rich foods are suitable to beat stress as they release a brain calming chemical called serotonin in the body.

In addition to fibre, research has found that intake of Magnesium can help manage stress and anxiety in kids. In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders.

Traditionally, if we look back centuries ago, Sendha namak or Epsom salt has been used to heal, relax and calm the body nerves. Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a mineral called Magnesium sulfate. Soaking body or feet in this mineral enables absorption of decent quantity through skin which results in relaxing nerves and muscles.

Studies indicate that roughly 50% kids don’t meet the daily Magnesium requirement. Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow and keeping stress low. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. For kids who deal with Asthma, which is on a rise due to hazardous air quality levels, magnesium can help. This Marvellous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyper activity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body.

Spinach, beans, chia seed, sunflower seed, cumin, whole wheat flour, milk, yogurt, almond, peanut, cashew, quinoa are great sources of this mineral. Just 1 wholewheat roti/ paratha can meet 15% daily requirement of this mineral. In addition, 10 almonds or cashews will give 10% and 1 cup spinach will give 20%. However, a diet high in processed food can cause excretion of Magnesium through urine.

  • Magnesium also helps to absorb Vitamin-D in our body, which in turn helps to absorb Calcium in our bones. Hence, lack of this powerful mineral will directly result in weaker bones, teeth, hair and nails. Weaker bones (lethargy) further adds to irritation and stress in kids.
  • Migraine is one of the most common neuro disorders which too has shown improvement with the consumption of Magnesium.
  • Anxiety and Depression have impacted hundreds of millions of people across the world. Dietary intake of magnesium has been offered as a possible treatment, in addition to therapy.

So Yes! Magnesium is vital for every kid. Next time when your child has some tired muscles or cramp, use the magnesium salt with water to dip their feet in and let that table salt be on the table only!

Recipe for Quinoa Peas Meal

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  • ½ cup quinoa boiled in equal water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 pod garlic and ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • lemon juice fresh
  • green chilli chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in pan. Add cumin ginger garlic and onion. Saute for a minute. Add peas. Add salt. Add chillies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all). Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy salty and sour. All flavours! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

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IS IT GROWING (LEG) PAIN OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS?

Has it ever happened with your child, that he/she seems perfectly fine in the morning, and in late afternoon or by evening complains of leg pain? It must be a sign of growing pain in your child. Growing pains are cramping, muscle pains that can occur in preschoolers or in preteens (what are some best fruits for teens?). It is usually caused by overuse of muscles. This can be because of childhood activities, such as running around or playing games, or dancing in birthday parties for too long. Adults may also experience this pain due to some muscle soreness followed by workouts. In some kids these pains get accompanied by stomach pain and headaches. It might be related to stress and anxiety.

What is growing pain?

Growing pain is an ache or throb in the legs usually in the front of the thighs, the calves or behind the knees. It affects both the legs and occurs at night, and may disturb the child’s sleep. Data suggests that almost two out of five children get growing knee and joint pains in young age just around the time of their growth spurts. A specific cause for growing pains is unknown. Kids are growing rapidly and their muscles, tendons and ligaments are also growing. One theory suggests that the body parts might not be growing at the same rate as the body, thereby causing a protest and leading to pain or ache.

Other common reasons for knee joint pain in young age can be running, jumping and playing throughout the day, or psychological issues, or vitamin D deficiency, or restless leg syndrome or arthritis.

How can you help your child?

You can comfort your child from knee joint pain in young age by using simple procedures such as massaging gently, applying heating pads, making him/her do some stretching exercises, giving warm bath before bed time and pain- relief medicines if it becomes necessary.

Diet rich in vitamin D, calcium, magnesium (some easy food sources), phosphorus and protein will in general take care of bone and muscle health and help in preventing knee joint pain in young age or even from arthritis pain in young age.  (What are some common vitamin D and calcium food sources?)

How to know if it is something more serious?

Keep a close watch on your kid and if you see any other symptoms mentioned below, then it might be a cause for concern.

  • Pain continues for a longer period of time
  • Ache in the joints
  • Fever
  • Unusual rashes
  • Limp
  • Less active than usual  

Arthritis pain at young age

Arthritis is mostly associated with older people but kids also might be suffering from it. Kid’s arthritis is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Arthritis is commonly confused with growing pains in kids and that is why it is important to understand the difference between the two conditions.

Arthritis is a disease that causes swelling, stiffness and pain in a person’s joints thereby affecting the proper working of joints and causing pain in the joints like knees, hips, ankle, shoulders, elbows and knuckles etc.

Cause for arthritis pain in young age is not known but it is mostly associated with genes which are passed on from parents to their children having a family history of arthritis.

Nutrients and Food sources to prevent knee joint pain in young age

Protein: Getting enough protein is important for holding on to muscle mass and function. Chickpea, lentils, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, Quinoa, nuts and seeds have high amounts of protein which helps in building the muscles of the body. Thus, it is a key nutrient to prevent knee and joint pain in young age. (Is whey protein good for kids?)

Calcium: Calcium is the mineral everyone needs throughout his/her life to maintain bone health. Bone formation and repair are at its peak during early years. This is the time kids need calcium the most. Other antioxidants like vitamin A,C and K , which protect cells from free radical damage (what are they?) and are high in bone preserving calcium. It is the most essential nutrient to restrict arthritis pain at young age.

Fatty acids:-: Studies suggest that intake of omega 3 fatty acids results in reduction of knee joint pain in young age and functional improvement in patients with growing pain. Fatty fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts are some sources which can help to get the required amount of omega-3 a body needs. It can soothe muscle soreness, stiff muscles, and can improve range of motion. (Is consuming fat good for the body?)

Garlic: Garlic is rich in both sulfur and selenium, which can help to relieve joint and muscle pain. It contains an anti inflammatory compound called diallyl disulfide, which helps to fight inflammation and even prevent cartilage damage caused from arthritis. (Easy immunity building foods for kids)

Ginger: Results showed that raw ginger reduces muscle pain by 25%. It has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve cramps and have a relaxing effect in muscle pain. Less than.1 teaspoon of ginger consumption a day can help with this ailment. (What is the ginger remedy for cold and cough?)

Olive Oil: Olive oil seems particularly beneficial when consumed since it relieves swelling. When combined with fish oil (source of omega 3 fatty acid), the result can be even better. In one study, this combination significantly improved knee joint pain in young age, muscle pain, swelling and morning stiffness in people with arthritis issues. (How does this help with acne?)

Moringa: Moringa contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin K which help to maintain healthy bones and heal bone problems. It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce swelling and arthritis pain at young age in the muscles. (What are other benefits of Moringa and how to use it?)

Recipe for Veggies Rice

Remedy for body pain

  • Mix of small cut capsicum, cauliflower, onion, chopped garlic
  • Soy chunks or firm tofu
  • Cumin seeds (optional)
  • other veggies (optional)
  • semi brown rice or any other
  • Olive oil

Heat olive oil briefly, add cumin seeds and all the veggies to sauté. Once done for 5 min, add rice and Sauté for two more minutes. Add double water and cover the lid to cook. I cooked extra for my kids to enjoy soft broccoli and cauliflower. I saved this dish with mushroom and peas gravy for additional nutrition.

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BENEFITS AND HOW TO DO A GROUNDING AYURVEDA FOOT MASSAGE

Your feet work for you every day. Have you ever thought of how you can take care of your feet?

Your feet do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to mobility. Almost all of your daily activities that you perform like walking, running, jumping, climbing and even standing for long hours, puts pressure on your feet. Each foot has 26 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments which work together to support balance and mobility. This makes it one of the most complex parts of the body. Overuse of feet and not taking proper care can cause muscle strain and stress fractures. Nowadays, children are involved in lots of physical activities and sports which increase the need for a proper diet to support bone and muscle health and also some curative methods to relax their feet as and when possible.

Have you ever thought of giving your feet a soothing massage?

Massage is a restorative (healing) process that promotes health benefits. This form has a powerful impact on mind, body and spirit. Health benefits of foot massage includes a deep sense of calmness and relaxation in both kids and adults. Ayurveda has some therapies which really work miraculously over foot issues like pain, cracks, corn.

Ayurveda means “The knowledge of life” and it is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems developed in India three thousand years ago. It is based on the belief that health depends on a balance between the mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda suggests abhyanga (full body massage) to be practiced on a daily basis to calm nerves, ease soreness in the muscles, improve bone health and nourish the skin. However, in today’s scenario, with our extremely busy schedules, regular full body massage can be too time consuming. So the next best thing that you can do is massage your scalp and soles of the feet with massage oil as foot massage good for you. According to Ayurveda “the feet contain reflex points to all the organs and other parts of the body”. Tips of toes are directly connected to the head and the brain. So, foot and scalp massage helps relieve stress and reduce tension and at the same time boosts blood circulation, which helps with healing and keeps your muscles and tissues healthy. Hence there are many health benefits of foot massage.

Health benefits of foot massage

Research suggests numerous advantages of massage therapy which includes reducing muscle tension, improving blood circulation, reducing stress, relaxing the body, increasing joint mobility and flexibility and enhancing the skin tone.

Foot massage good for you, particularly aids in soothing any swelling around the foot, uplifting the mood and promoting better sleep patterns. Foot massage helps kids to unwind after a hectic day and allows them to sleep comfortably thereby relieving them of any foot pain that they complain.

Herbs for foot soak:

Epsom salt (Sendha namak): Traditionally, if we look back centuries ago, Epsom salt has been used to heal, relax and calm the body nerves. It’s actually a mineral called magnesium sulphate which enables absorption of decent quality through skin while soaking feet in this and results in relaxing nerves and muscles. So the health benefits of foot massage with Epsom salt are many. (How does this salt help with stress and anxiety?)

Mint: Mint plant has menthol which produces a chilled sensation by activating cold sensors in the skin. This cooling sensation promotes calming effects on the body and soothes tension of sore muscles which helps in getting relief from foot and muscle pain. (What foods help with muscles?)

Eucalyptus: This herb helps to soothe, deep clean and relaxes your hard working feet .It has a natural blend of minerals, aromatic essential oils and nutrients which help to keep your feet smoother, softer and pleasant smelling. (What oils can help with hair growth?)

Lemon juice: Lemon is a powerful astringent that helps to soften dead skin. Its natural levels of citric acid have exfoliating effects on the skin. (What is the best source of Vitamin C?)

How to do it?

Add Epsom salt, mint, eucalyptus, lemon juice in a bucket filled with warm water and mix them well… Soak your feet in this warm water for around fifteen to twenty minutes. After twenty minutes, exfoliate your foot with a scrub, one heel at a time. Wash with clean water and dry it with a towel. At this point, massage your skin using a scrub. You may use store bought scrub or natural scrubs like cane sugar, oats, coffee powder, honey or besan (gram flour).Scrubbing polishes the skin & improves skin elasticity. Next, use Ayurveda massage oil or a foot cream to gently massage your toes, soles, heels and ankles. Massaging these parts of your foot will help to relax and nourish the tissues and also flush the toxins from the body. Lastly, wrap your feet with a hot towel for five minutes and finish it up by massaging your feet with a foot cream or cold pressed oil and feel the health benefits of foot massage.

What is the proper way of oiling to get maximum health benefits of foot massage?

  • Warm oil is preferred over cold oil.
  • Gently rub massage oil in small circular motions covering the whole bottom of your feet.
  • Press your thumb across the top of your foot to the big toe and repeat it for each of the toes and ankle.
  • Make a fist and grab your toes, slowly pulling each toe away from the foot, to remove stress.
  • Starting from the ankle, move your hand all the way through your foot, repeating a few times to feel the comfort and tension releasing from your body through the toes.

Foot massage vs Reflexology: According to Ayurveda, many neural endings, receptors and marmas (Ayurvedic pressure points) are located in the feet. The concept of putting pressure on particular points of the foot to release pain in other body parts is termed as reflexology. In contrast to that, massage includes gently pressing on the foot’s tissues to relax its muscles and reduce stress.

Food sources to promote bone and muscle health

Beans, legumes, chicken, eggs and red meat are full of proteins which promote healthy muscles. Tuna and salmon are a rich source of Omega-3 and reduce joint stiffness, tenderness, swelling and discomfort. Whole grains contain a lot of fiber which keeps you full for a longer time thereby managing your weight and indirectly avoids putting more pressure on your feet. Milk, cheese and milk products contain calcium to support your bone health. (What are the easiest source of protein?)

Neem and Turmeric Oil treatement for face/body

Take about 12 leaves of neem and grind it with water to make a paste. Add 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder and apply on face or use for massage . After 20 minutes, wash it off with water. You can use this pack daily to fight off acne from face/body and infections from the body.

Can use Neem oil to mix with turmeric powder for healing massage of the body.

Option is to also add aloe Vera gel to the combination.

Neem oil is also a great mosquito repellant for kids and adults.

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