Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables By: Katya

For my Health Buzz I chose the topic of the benefits of fruits and vegetables. I chose this because fruits and vegetables have always been apart of my life and I have always been introduced to them and liked them. They are also a very big part of our health and they are super good and healthy. I also chose this because one of my family members basically hates fruits and likes a few vegetables. This is also relevant to me because I want to explain to my family member how important it is that fruits and vegetables need to be in our lives. My family member is very healthy, but I feel like she needs to eat more fruits and vegetables to have lots of vitamins and minerals in her. This can expand my learning to also show me and everyone how fruits and vegetables are super important in our lives and how they help our bodies to function properly. This is also a very important topic because a lot of people don’t know how much fruit, vegetables and all of the other nutrients you need in your body to stay healthy. This can also help inform people to start eating healthier. Did you know this also affects kids/teens our age? I have been noticing that many kids have been deciding to eat unhealthy rather than healthy. For example in our own canteen if you look around the stores with the most full lines are basically everything except Juju Eats. Juju Eats is basically our only healthy food choice and if you look at it, the line is basically empty. Juju eats sells healthy food like salad (veggies) and everything good for you, but everyone thinks that this food is horrible and choose the unhealthy choice.

 

What I learned from my topic was how fruits and vegetables are super good for you and how they are super helpful in your body. I also learned that we need fruits and vegetables everyday because they are a big part of our 6 nutrients. The way my thinking has changed is because now I am going to try and eat more fruits and vegetables because now I know how important they are for our bodies, and also now I can try to change the way that other people think and explain to them. The way this has influenced my thinking about wellness is that being healthy is always the right answer, and now I know to always make good choice through wellness class.

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The Benefits of Drinking Water – Sagarika

Drinking water every day is a key component of optimal health. This water must be pure water though, clean and safe. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of forgoing water for other types of fluids, most of which have added ingredients that will not do your health any favors. These contain excessive amounts of sugar and are nowhere near healthy. Kids are particularly prone to drinking sweet drinks like soda and fruit juice instead of plain water, and many teens tend to reach for sports and energy drinks instead. According to a recent Harvard study, more than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have MAJOR repercussions for their health and academic performance. About one-quarter of children in the US do not drink water on a daily basis, and according to one 2011 analysis, about 70 percent of boys aged 2-19 drink sugary beverages daily.

Your body consists of about 65 – 70% of water, and once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is one obvious way to ensure your individual needs are met, day-by-day. However, the thing is, by the time your thirst mechanism actually kicks in, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration, so be sure that you don’t want to ignore the initial sensations of thirst. Moreover, the thirst mechanism tends to be underdeveloped in children, making them more vulnerable to dehydration. The elderly are also at heightened risk. Hunger—sugar cravings in particular—can also be a sign that your body is crying for water, so, when you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first, and see if that helps. if you do not drink enough water, some of the effects on your body may be:

  • Fatigue and/or dizziness
  • Foggy thinking and poor concentration
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
  • Chills
  • Mood Swings
  • Back or joint ache
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Bad Breath
  • Sugar cravings

Your body is prone to keep having these signs if you do not drink enough water, though other than thirst, these are other signs that your body needs you to drink too. Keep in mind that severe dehydration can often also be fatal. The standard guidelines are to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but your needs can vary significantly considering factors such as your activity level and weather conditions, because in reality, it is virtually impossible to determine a general guideline that will apply to everyone, all the time.

Now, I know I have talked about the fact that you should drink water and the effects if you don’t, but what if you do? Once you drink a sufficient amount of water according to your needs, you will see some marvelous effects on your body. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Fluid Balance
  • Muscle fuel
  • Calorie control
  • Clearer skin
  • Better Kidney function
  • Productivity boosts
  • Fatigue buster
  • Hangover help
  • Pain preventer
  • Keeps things flowing
  • Sickness fighter
  • Brain booster

 

 

They always say to have a balance diet and not have too much of anything, but that’s not the case with water! Drink as much water as you want, and you will be fine. In fact, the more water you drink, the healthier you are! Just make sure not to drink water one hour before or after eating, because water dilutes the acid in the stomach, which stops it from breaking down food in the proper manner, and so you can’t digest properly. So now, how this connects to me, and why I chose this topic to talk about: My mom is a nutritionist, and is always telling me to drink water. I drink 3 glasses of water in the morning, before going to school, and 2 glasses in the evening after coming back. But why? I wanted to know that why is it so necessary? Well now I know. Another reason is because on of my uncles just had seizure, and when they looked into it, they saw that one of the small reasons was overworking of the body, but the major reason? DEHYDRATION. When i heard this I felt like I should look into the topic.

Did you know that according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, at least 1.8 billion people worldwide are estimated to drink water that is contaminated with excrement? There are 180 million people without water access in South, West and Central Asia, 186 million without water access in Southeast, East Asia and Oceania and 358 million without water access in Africa? Did you know that the water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015? 750 million people around the world lack access to safe, clean water, which is approximately one in nine people! That is a lot of people, but unlike these unfortunate 750 million, you do have access to safe, clean, sanitized water, so make use of it. Remember to drink lots and lots of water a day, especially when you are thirsty, because you know what that means! Thank you!

Progeria – Bianca

Progeria

By: Bianca McKeown

Why did you choose this issue?
I chose this topic because once when I was browsing YouTube a documentary popped up in my suggestion box. Me being in 4th grade didn’t know what Progeria was so I clicked on it, curious. At first I thought that I wasn’t going to like the video since it was 45 minutes long and a documentary. But, to my surprise I watched it (the full 45 minutes) and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to know more. Now a couple years later I have watched the YouTube video on Progeria countless times and still find it fascinating. So, when I heard that I could choose any topic I immediately thought of the video and that this could be my chance to learn more about the condition.

What are your connections?
I don’t have personal connections to Progeria but, I can picture that they have a very hard time walk and doing ordinary things. I remember when I injured my foot (ankle) for a couple weeks and I couldn’t play sports, walk, run, or do anything else beside sit and do nothing. Since they have stiff joints and fragile bones I imagine that they feel the same way. Which, must be hard for them but, they don’t show it.

How is this issue relevant to you?
This issue is relevant to me because it is something that I strongly believe in. At the end of my presentation I mention that we need to appreciate every second of our life which, I believe is extremely true. When I’m very passionate about something I become very attached to it. And to say the least, I’ve become very attached to Progeria.

Why is it important?
This is important because people, children, suffer from Progeria, there life is slowly ticking away, while other people are screwing up their life, not wanting to live. People need to be aware of this syndrome to help find a cure for Progeria which, I believe can happen. The cure to Progeria could also be the cure to antiageing which, for some beauty girls, would be life changing.

How does it affect teenagers?
This affects teenagers because the average life expectancy for Progeria is 13 which is the first year of teenager (ness). In those years people become self conscious about themselves and if you have Progeria (where your ageing abnormally fast) people might get scared of you and run away. Which, is not what you want. I want people to be aware and help them not to be scared of them. You’re probably wondering why would we be scared of them? Well, usually you’re scared of things you don’t know too much about and Progeria just happens to be one of those things that still remain a mystery.

What did you learn about this issue?
I learned that Progeria is a condition that makes children age 8-10 times faster than normal humans. Also, that it’s a very rare condition happening to about 1 in 8 billion people. It’s caused by a mutation in your Lamin A protein gene cell. That’s why people with progeria are extremely skinny and have to diet to gain weight.

What is your thinking/summary about this issue?
I think that this is an important condition and that people should be aware of it, it’s not just something that you shrug off and say I’ll worry about it later. No. I also think, that we should try to find a cure to ease the pain of people with Progeria. Imagine not being able to run due to stiff joints? That’s what it feels like to have Progeria and I believe that it needs to stop.