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Protein intake and kids – too much or too little?

portion_sizeI’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding protein intake lately. Many parents are concerned that their children aren’t getting enough protein in their diet. I’m a mom of two young boys who are vegetarian. Needless to say I’ve had plenty of people inquire about their protein intake and how I know if they are reaching adequate amounts. It’s an understandable concern, given how important protein is for growth and development. A diet that is mostly plant based provides plenty of protein, but that is a story for a different article. Most parents should rest assured that their children are receiving plenty of protein in their diet and possibly even more than they require. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that ‘protein is so abundant in the foods Americans eat, that most of us, children and adults alike, consume more than we need.’ Protein requirements change through the life cycle and are dependent on the size of your body and rate of growth, as well as on your gender and your activity level. Here is a general guide of the RDA on protein needs in grams required per body weight:

  • Birth – 6 months 1 gm. 13 gms.
  • 6 months – 1 year .75 gm. 14 gms.
  • 1 – 6 years .6 gms. 16-24 gms.
  • 7 – 15 years .5 gms. 28-50 gms.
  • Adults .36 gms. 50-60 gms.
As mentioned above, the rate of growth will dictate protein needs and growing children definitely need more protein rich foods. This is especially important during the first 3 years of life. By age 3, only 11% of dietary protein is used for growth. Of course, you must factor in additional protein needsContinue Reading >

Slowing Down Cognitive Decline As We Age

Slowing Down Cognitive Decline As We Age

A mild decline in learning and memory is a normal part of aging, and opinions will vary on what’s “normal” or not. But generally as we get older we tend to be a bit more forgetful, or it becomes harder for us to learn new things or concentrate. There are a host of things that can contribute to this besides aging alone. Some things that can affect our cognition are medications, diet, environment, and genetics (which drugs, diet, and environment can influence changes in out genes).Continue Reading

Hormone Replacement Therapy Workshops with Dr. Ramsey!

Hormone Replacement Therapy Workshops with Dr. Ramsey!

We had such a high caliber exchange at the informal Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) workshop last month. I was able to witness, in one room, the many people who have been lead to trust the numerous different conflicting beliefs about hormone replacement therapy, of which none have any factual backup data. The many questions that were asked mimic what I see in daily practice. The opportunity to educate the public about this essential subject is one of my dearest treasures.Continue Reading

A New Practice For Welcoming the Serene Into Your Life

A New Practice For Welcoming the Serene Into Your Life

I’d like to start by wishing you a very successful summer and to share with you what I did on that 117-degree weekend we had that launched the idea that summer is here! the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-Marie-KondoI was gifted the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo – a New York Times best seller of which I didn’t even hear about before she gave it to me.Continue Reading

Top 5 Supplements for Heart Health

Top 5 Supplements for Heart Health

Chinese Medicine texts dating back hundreds of years B.C. define the heart as the “ruler of the human body, the seat of consciousness and intelligence.” The heart contains the “shen” or spirit operating beyond the physical form. Today, this connection between the heart and the spirit is pervasive in cultures worldwide. Coupled with the great responsibility the heart has for driving our life force, I cannot think of any better reasons to nourish this precious organ.Continue Reading