Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tutor Doctor Longmont: The (Tutor) Doctor's Advice for Flu-busting foods

Flu outbreaks in schools are common as students gather in close proximity.  Of course you teach your students to wash their hands regularly and to shield their mouths when coughing and sneezing, but this may not be enough to protect them from seasonal flu. Another way to prevent them from getting sick is to bolster their immune systems. To this end, make sure that they take a regular vitamin supplements and make sure that they also eat lots of these immune system-friendly foods.
This is the good kind of bacteria that aids in digestion and with the absorption of nutrients in the body. Probiotics are available in fermented foods like natural yoghurts and probiotic drinks. Supplements are available too. Probiotics reinforce the strength of intestinal walls and boost immune systems.
Ginger has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and also helps to settle stomach and prevent nausea. Ginger has the same pain-relieving properties as over-the-counter pain medications.  You can add ginger to fruit salads, soups and stir-fries or slice it thinly and steep in warm water to make a tea. Add honey for added anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Chicken Soup
This really does work! Studies have shown that chicken soup has other benefits beyond rehydration and nutrition. Not only does chicken soup have mild anti-inflammatory properties, it is also thought to improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. Add garlic to your chicken soup to improve its healing powers.  Garlic stimulates your immune system and has anti-microbial properties.
Leafy Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard and other leafy greens are excellent flu-preventers. Packed with vitamins A, C, D, K, B1, B2, B6, and minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium and copper, leafy greens are a great option for improving the immune system.
Sweet Potatoes
These tasty tubers are packed with beta carotene which can also be found in carrots. When absorbed into the body, it’s converted to vitamin A which helps neutralize toxins and combats respiratory infections. Sweet potatoes also combat free-radicals and this helps to boost the immune system.
Citrus fruit
Enjoy an orange or a grapefruit, or sip juice if you are not up for eating. The vitamin C in citrus fruit helps to boost the immune system. It’s a great preventative measure too as vitamin C helps to boost cell integrity so that they are more able to withstand germs and viruses.
To improve your immune system, avoid sugary or processed foods and always include seven fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Drink fruit juices and green tea to boost your system and combat free radicals. Preventing illness is easier than you think and is just one of the plethora of positive benefits of eating well and exercising regularly. 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tutor Doctor Longmont: Does your student have X-Skills?

Does your student have X-Skills?

A few years ago, the ACT Company released the results of a study titled The Forgotten Middle which concluded that how a student performs by the end of 8th grade is the best indicator of how successful they will be in college and beyond and their evidence proved this by an overwhelming margin. To some this might be a surprising revelation. Many would intuitively assume that high school academic performance would be more of a predictive factor; however, the results of The Forgotten Middle study demonstrated that, by the time a student starts high school, the die may have already been cast.

An interesting facet of the report's conclusions was that the single greatest factor which influenced success was not academic knowledge, but academic discipline. This includes skills such as planning and organization; follow-through and action; and sustained effort. All of these X-skills fall into a category known as Executive Functions, which are described as the skills human beings develop to execute tasks independently.

Within this context, it is not surprising that 8th grade performance provides an early-warning system for post-secondary college or career readiness. If a student is not well on their way to developing the skills necessary to organize, prioritize and execute a multitude of competing tasks at the middle school level, they may find themselves falling further behind in high school and less prepared for the rigor of college or establishing a career.

Of course, students with limited or fragile academic foundations will feel the effects of this more than students who have established strong academic foundations prior to 8th grade. However, even those students who have been very successful in their academics through middle school may find that they need to work on their organizational and prioritization skills to sustain that high level of academic performance while pursuing an advanced high school curriculum. In particular, they may find that they need to focus more effort on their prioritization and time-management skills.

For the most part, students can be coached to improve the skills which contribute to strong academic discipline. In order to be effective though, this type of coaching does require the willing participation of the student, as well as, the participation of a mentor or parent to provide accountability. For parents who are interested in learning more about how to develop their students' executive skill set, they can call Tutor Doctor Longmont for a FREE consultation. 

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