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4 ► Brain and Body Fuel

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Brain and Body Fuel

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? If you’re like many of us, you head straight for the coffeepot and make yourself a good-tasting cup or two of Java. Caffeinated coffee jumpstarts the brain from 0 to 60 faster than just about anything else. The effects of caffeine, especially caffeinated coffee, on human mental performance have been extensively studied. For example, consuming caffeinated beverages may maintain aspects of “cognitive and psychomotor performance throughout the day and evening when caffeinated beverages are administered repeatedly.”1

One investigation examined the association of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee intake with cognitive function in a community-based sample of older adults from 1988 to 1992. The participants were 890 women with a mean age of 72.6 years and 638 men with a mean age of 73.3 years from the Rancho Bernardo Study. Cognitive function was assessed by twelve standardized tests, and lifetime and current coffee consumption were obtained by questionnaire. Higher lifetime coffee consumption in women was associated with better performance on six of twelve mental-function tests. Lifetime and current exposure to caffeine may be associated with better cognitive performance among women, especially those aged eighty or more years.2

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5. Healthy Meals and Snacks

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he previous chapter looked at the basics of healthy eating for active kids. Now, on a practical level, you need to find convenient foods that will give your kids the nutrition they need and fit your hectic schedule. There are many ways to fuel your kids bodies so that they maintain energy levels throughout the day. You probably dont have time to count calories or grams of carbohydrates and fat. Instead, we suggest that you provide your child with various food choices, both foods to emphasize and foods to limit. Many of the foods that you emphasize may not be on your childs list of top foods, and the foods you limit may be among their favorites. But part of teaching children proper nutrition is presenting them with good and not-so-good choices. Ultimately, they will learn what foods serve them best. Besides, you cant force your child to eat good foods. Its like the old proverb: Catch a fish for someone and you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish, you feed him for life. Teach your child to fish for healthy foods.

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7. Tips for Gaining and Losing Weight

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ids these days are getting hit from all anglesif not physically on the football field or basketball court, theyre bombarded by peer pressure and media messages of who and what they should be. At earlier ages than ever before, they become concerned witheven obsessed bytheir physical appearance. It seems, for young girls, that the emphasis on being thin is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, an estimated 51 percent of girls ages nine to ten feel better about themselves if they are on a diet. For young boys, the pressure to gain muscle and dominate opposing athletes is now evident on every level of play. What often gets lost in the desire to lose or gain weight is how to do it the right waythe healthy way.

No ten-year-old is going to have the emotional maturity to develop and maintain a proper diet and exercise regimen. Children may only know that thin is in or be concerned with how much they can bench press. There is a right way to gain weight and a right way to lose weight, and ultimately its up to the parents to instill healthy habits.

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2. Simple Rules of Exercise for Kids

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esearch shows that it is safe for children to lift weights and exercise. It will not, as rumored, stunt their growth, break their bones, fill them with rage, or abruptly and profoundly drop their IQ. A child who lifts weights can still take part in intellectual pursuits, finish his or her homework, or become a computer whiz. And weight training and working out may actually help improve performance in these areas. No, not in a bigger biceps will make them a stronger artist sort of wayrather, pumping iron and becoming fit can do wonders for a childs self-esteem and confidence, and it will add to their energy reserves and motivation, not detract from them. Plus, stronger muscles can make a child a better athlete.

So, lets get something straight right from the get-go: weight lifting, when done correctly, is not dangerous. In fact, its quite healthy and has been shown to reduce the prevalence of injury, both in the weight room and out on the field of play.1 Do not surrender yourself to the myth that lifting weights is dangerous for your children, regardless of what many conventional doctors may claim. Studies have repeatedly shown that poor technique and lifting habits lead to injury, whether youre nine or thirty-nine.2 Proper exercise training can set your kid off on the right foot for a lifetime of growth (inner and outer) and achievement.

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1 ► Coffee—The Magical Brown Elixir

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Coffee—The Magical Brown Elixir

One hundred ten million Americans can’t all be wrong. That’s how many coffee consumers there are in the United States. The National Coffee Association found in 2000 that 54 percent of the adult population of the United States drinks coffee daily.1 There’s a reason why millions of us wake up, rub our eyes, and plod our aching bodies to the coffeepot, take out two scoops of the brown aromatic grind, dutifully pour water in the brewer, and wait impatiently for the coffee to appear in our cups. It’s because we love the taste, the aroma, and the eye-opening effects of coffee.

Coffee is good for your health. It charges up your brain. It makes exercise easier. And, to top it off, it can even help you burn fat. So, why haven’t you joined the Javalution?

FUNCTIONAL COFFEE

Not only can you get the benefits of drinking coffee, which include a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and an energetic boost to your gray matter, but with the addition of “nutraceuticals” to coffee, The Javalution Coffee Company, Inc. has enhanced the health- and fitness-promoting effects of coffee. The best beverage in the world has been improved! Some food experts call this new category “functional coffee.”

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