Health November 2012

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Tasheena Carpenter

Save the Trees

Replace paper towels with eco-friendly Bambooee wipes. One 20-ply roll replaces 60 traditional rolls. Sheets are fabricated from organic Bamboo, one of the world’s fastest growing plants. The machine-washable, reusable toilettes are available at www.bambooee.com and major retailers.

Drink Vitamins

Expectant mothers can get the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals from Premama, a natural prenatal supplement. The drink helps to maintain a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from conception to birth. Mix with juice, milk or iced tea and drink within five minutes for optimal results. Learn more at www.drinkpremama.com.

Preventative Measures

Smoking is an important talk to be had with kids. Real Parents Real Answers, a youth smoking prevention program, offers the informative e-book Youth Smoking and Stress. The title teaches caretakers how anxiety can lead to smoking among children and teens. Readers receive tips and communication methods to aid in their discussions. Find it at www.realparentsrealanswers.com.

Allergy Alert

For children with multiple food allergies comes the colorful wristbands AllerMates. Cartoon characters represent common allergies, including peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, shellfish, insect stings, penicillin, latex, fish and soy. The bands notify others about the wearers’ conditions. Find AllerMates at www.allermates.com and at Walgreens.

Nutritious Snack Bar

Honey Maid Grahamfuls provide wholesome nutrients and energy throughout the day. Enjoy 100-percent whole grain and real honey in three flavors: peanut butter, banana vanilla creme, and peanut butter and chocolate. Get your whole-grain treat at local supermarkets.

Make Mealtime Count

Include the entire clan in meal preparation and scheduling family dinners with Cooking Light Real Family Food: Simple & Easy Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love (Oxmoor House). The book provides tips for keeping kids safe in the kitchen, more than 150 recipes, a nutritional analysis for each dish, and mealtime planning and prep methods. Cook quick and easy meals by ordering a copy a www.amazon.com.

Let the Juices Flow

Change the way you cut meats and vegetables with the innovative cutting board The Flow. Its patented design allows juices from foods to drain into a tray below the cutting surface. The kitchen accessory is made with high-quality materials that prevent the growth of bacteria and a skid rubber that avoids slips on counters. Learn more at www.kickstarter.com.

Everyday Fashion

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi launches Tsu.ya, a line of women’s fitness gear. Available at Lord and Taylor and www.lordandtaylor.com, the fall collection has 18 pieces, including yoga pants, T-shirts, tops, leggings and jackets. Threads are comfortable and stylish, making it easy to don pieces for casual wear. A portion of Tsu.ya sales benefit Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation.

Mommy Makeover

Discover the beauty of motherhood with Clarins Beautiful Beginnings Pregnancy Kit. The package includes four of the brand’s most iconic products for new moms. Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub casts off rough, flaky surface cells, making skin delicate and soft. Beauty Flash Balm diffuses the look of lines and wrinkles, revealing a more refreshed you. Stretch Mark Control uses Crowberry extract to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. And Tonic Body Treatment Oil firms, tones and improves skin’s elasticity. Available at www.clarins.com and Clarins counters nationwide.

Unrecognizable Seizures

It’s difficult for a child with autism and partial seizures to function typically. Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder (AAPC Publishing) examines the disorder, explains how seizures can trigger uncontrollable aggression, offers ways to better understand children’s behaviors, and serves up additional information and personal stories.

This column appeared in the November 2012 issue.