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Paving the way for my child’s better emotional development

EQ or Emotional Quotient refers to a person’s ability to understand his/her emotion along with the other person’s emotions, whereas IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient which indicates a person’s intelligence level.

IQ: A number that indicates a person’s reasoning or logical ability in comparison to the statistical norm.

EQ: implies the level of a person’s emotional intelligence. 

Well, if you thought that’s how boring the article is going to be, let me tell you that’s not going to be the case. After all, these two abilities largely define the success of individuals and are quite interesting. I understand how my daughter is at an age when she is experiencing rapid physical and emotional growth.

I felt like writing about this as two of my colleagues were recently discussing what their children are good at. One is doing extraordinarily well in studies while the other is doing marvelously well in extracurricular activities. Now as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Both wanted their child to be like the other.

So, could this be done? Is there some magic? Some mantra? Probably a trick rolled up in someone’s sleeve? Can someone develop this? Just that perfect recipe?

It’s all about different patterns of development. The first child has more intelligence quotient whereas the other has a greater emotional quotient. Just in case you missed the definitions, you could scroll up.

To understand what it means for my child, I decided to take a closer look.

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What’s more important?

We often talk or read about IQ, but EQ is something that is not usually talked about. But something that is neglected often turns out to be important. Remember the chapter you neglected while giving an exam and that was the most important chapter ever? That’s what it is all about.

Actually, we as parents can help develop emotional intelligence from a very young age, as young as from 2 years of age. I was quite surprised to know that. This is something that I observed with my daughter as well. And it made me curious about starting early with emotional development and taking the right steps at every point.

The mantra of Emotional Development

  • Conversations:

My daughter has surprised me from the time she was born. Starting from the point when she could only cry, she has progressively gotten better at communicating her needs and socializing. I had no idea about how good she could get at mimicking the people she came across. Her babbling slowly changed into meaningful words and then she could have simple conversations. It’s all a fascinating process. Her mimicking skills also made me realize how I had to watch what I said around her.

  • Activities:

Every parent remembers the moment their kid starts to crawl and then take the first step. When my daughter started finding her own way around the house, it was quite a moment for me. Over the period of time, I learned how kids become capable of sorting toys by type, size, and color. Apparently, after completing two years of age, it is the perfect time to get them to do new things and indulge in activities that will help them achieve cognitive milestones.

  • Nutrition:

Just like every other parent, I have paid special attention to my daughter’s diet. I have read a lot about how this is a crucial component of developing the emotional quotient of a child. I understand that her pickiness to eat certain foods shouldn’t get in the way of her getting the nutrients she needs. The right kind of nutrition is linked with communication, problem-solving and cognitive abilities in children which are closely linked with emotional intelligence. One of the most important nutrients is Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that acts as a building block of the brain during initial years.

More about DHA

Our body derives DHA from select food sources.

Some of them are as follows:

  1. OILY FISH such as salmon, tuna, sardines
  2. VEGETABLE OILS such as flaxseed, soy, canola
  3. OTHER SOURCES such as chicken, eggs

Of Emotional Quotient, DHA & Enfagrow A+

Enfagrow - Emotional DevelopmentClinical studies have shown that young children who received expert-recommended levels of DHA showed superior brain development in terms of:

  • Problem-solving,
  • Visual acuity,
  • Verbal intelligence, and
  • IQ

This was in comparison to those young children who did not get any. I researched a bit more and found that a regular diet might not be sufficient to give my child expert recommended levels of DHA. That’s when I came across Enfagrow A+, a fortified food. I have also been giving my child a daily dose of Enfagrow A+ with a glass of milk to ensure healthy growth. I have also understood the importance of keeping track of my child’s growth.

You can buy Enfagrow A+ here!

Is my child’s growth on track?

As parents, there are certain development milestones we notice about our children, be it babbling or walking. Though every child grows at a different pace, you can keep track of certain milestones in emotional development with some observations as described below. I have been following this for my daughter as well.

Age PeriodRegulation/CopingExpressive BehaviorRelationship Building
Infancy:
0 to 12 mos.
Infant is self-soothing and learning to modulate reactivity.

In service of coordinated action, Regulation of attention is required.

During stressful circumstances, the infant relies on caregivers for supportive “scaffolding”.

In some expressive channels, behavior synchrony with others.

Discrimination increases in others’ expressions.

Expressive responsiveness to stimuli under contingent control increases.

Coordination of expressive behaviors with emotion-eliciting circumstances increases as well.

“Peek-a-boo” and other such social games.

Social referencing is another way to increase relationship building.

Infants could even fake crying if they feel they aren’t getting the necessary attention.

Toddlerhood:
12 mos.to 2½ years
Self-awareness and consciousness of emotional response comes to light.

Irritation might occur due to constraints and limits imposed on expanding autonomy and exploration needs.

After self-evaluation and self-consciousness evident in expressive behavior accompanying of shame, pride, coyness is common.

Verbal comprehension and production of words for expressive behavior and affective states increases.

Tries to Anticipate different feelings towards different people.

Discrimination of others’ emotions and their meaningfulness is significant.

The emergence of empathy and prosocial action.

Preschool:
2 to 5 years
Symbols can provoke distress, but Symbolic access facilitates emotion regulation.

Child’s evaluation of and awareness of own feelings and of emotion-eliciting events extends with communication.

While playing and teasing adoption of pretending expressive behavior could be used.

Facial expressions could be false, and this could mislead parents. This is known as pragmatic awareness.

Child’s understanding of social transactions and expectations for comportment could be elaborated through communication with others.

Behavior towards peers or friends could be sympathetic and pro social.

Increasing insight into others’ emotions.

Early Elementary School: to 7 yearsSelf-conscious emotions (e.g., embarrassment) are targeted for regulation.

 

Prominent coping strategy still prevalent which is through seeking support from caregivers but reliance on situational problem-solving increases and is evident as well.

Adoption of “cool emotional front” with peers.Coordination of social skills with one’s own and others’ emotions is significant.

Early understanding of consensually agreed upon emotion “scripts.”

 

This self-explanatory chart can help you understand the different levels of your child’s emotional development.

Aiding emotional development:

A child’s development into successful adulthood shapes up just like the way a pot comes into being with the perfect mixture of clay, sponge, water and the potter’s touch. In case of a child’s development, nutrition, the affection of parents and care all come together. As your child deserves the best, you can educate yourself more about emotional development and take steps in the right direction.

Probiotics: A Healthy diet of Life

“A Healthy Body helps to lead a Healthy Life”. It is very essential to maintain a proper health. The best way to improve health is to eat healthy because what you eat is closely linked to your health. In many cases, illness and injuries occur due to the lack of care of your body. One of the best ways to have a healthy body is firstly to have the proper Digestive system. The digestive system is said to be the root cause of all illness. A Digestive system consists of good and bad Bacteria, a proper balance of good and bad bacteria contributes to the healthy Digestive system.

Research shows that there are more than 400 species of good and bad Bacteria in your gut. It is therefore very essential to maintain a good balance between these Bacteria for the overall health of the body. Most of these Bacteria’s resides in the intestine. The good and bad Bacteria supports in the digestion of food. A healthy working of intestine helps in filtering and eliminating harmful Bacteria and waste products.

ProbioticsThere are various causes of imbalance of good and bad Bacteria like Lack of sleep, Emotional stress, poor diet, and bad eating habits and overuse of antibiotics etc. When there is an imbalance of good and bad Bacteria, i.e. when the population of bad Bacteria exceeds the good Bacteria in the gut, it leads to several health problems like infections in the urinary system, Diarrhoea, skin infections, Allergies, Fatigue, etc. Knowing the consequences of the growth of bad Bacteria in your gut it’s very essential to increase the number of good Bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are the one which helps to solve this problem.

Probiotics in the simple term are a type of ‘Good Bacteria’ or can say are the live micro-organisms found in some foods and supplements. Probiotics help in maintaining a healthy balance of Bacteria in the gut. Even if you are living a healthy lifestyle and having healthy food like vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates or proteins still you cannot obtain the Probiotics from these foods. Basically, there are few food items which are the natural source of Probiotics. You can get Probiotics naturally from cheese, Yogurt, tempeh, miso, and kimchi. There are also Probiotics supplements available in the market if taken in right dosage helps in the optimal health of your gut.probioticsProbiotics are basically live Bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system. Whenever we normally think of Bacteria, we consider them as something that causes diseases or other health problems. But this is not true. As mentioned above, our body is full of good and bad Bacteria and the Probiotics are called ‘good’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

Probiotics contain following micro-organisms in it:

  1. Saccharomyces-

This is a type of micro-organism found in yeast which helps to treat acne problems and Diarrhoea. It also helps in reducing the side effects caused due to gastric ulcer treatments.

  1. Streptococcus-

This micro-organism produces the enzyme lactase, which helps in the prevention of bowel inflammation and lactose intolerance.

  1. Lactobacillus-

These type of micro-organisms are found in the urinary, digestive and genital system. They are also found in fermented food like yogurt and helps prevent skin disorders, respiratory infections, and urinary tract infections.

  1. Bifidobacteria-

This type is found in a healthy colon and appears in the intestinal tract of babies within the days of birth. They prevent dental cavities and bad cholesterol.

There are several benefits of Probiotics:

  1. Preventing and treating skin infections, Urinary tract infections.
  2. Helps in treating Skin conditions like eczema.
  3. Helps in treating Allergies and Asthma.
  4. Lactose intolerance.
  5. Helps in treating stomach and respiratory infections especially in children.

After knowing several benefits of Probiotics, the first question arises in mind is How do Probiotics work…? Researchers are still trying to find as how does Probiotics exactly to work..? It is said that when you lose good Bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics or due to any other reason, Probiotics helps to lower the number of bad bacteria in your gut by replacing them with the good Bacteria. They also help in maintaining the good balance between good and bad Bacteria in your gut.

Some suggest for Prebiotics to maintain the healthy digestive system. Although Prebiotics if selectively utilized helps to increase healthy Bacteria in your gut but still there is a major difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics. Just like Probiotics, Prebiotics isn’t a food but they are found in various foods. Prebiotics are classified as non-digestible food ingredients that can be utilized by Probiotics. They aid digestion and increases the production of valuable vitamins. The major source or Prebiotics is dietary fiber which naturally occurs in fruits and vegetables. We can say about Prebiotics as the fuel that feeds Probiotics successful restoration of good Bacteria.ProbioticsDupont range of Probiotics popularly known as HOWARU can add documented health benefits to dairy products, frozen desserts, beverages etc. HOWARU range are scientifically proven for the smooth functioning of the digestive system and improves the body’s immune system.  Dupont’s Probiotic dietary supplements enhance in maintaining the digestive system and immune system of the all age group consumers.

After knowing what exactly Probiotics is..? how it helps for the healthy functioning of the body…? I can understand why our elders always used to insist to have either a bowl full of curd or buttermilk while having lunch. The amount of Probiotics present in a bowl of curd or a glass of buttermilk helps to increase the number of good Bacteria in your gut. But in many cases, the small amount of curd or buttermilk or other dairy products are not enough to eradicate the number of bad Bacteria in your body, in such cases you can opt for Probiotic supplements available in the market. Approximately we need 40bns/perday of Probiotics cfu/ml.

The FDA regulates Probiotics as food items and not like medications. But still, in some cases, the consumer might have mild side effects such as gastric problem, upset stomach, diarrhea for the first couple of days after taking supplements. So, it is always suggested to first consult your doctor and then opt for the Probiotics supplements.


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Benefits Of VITAMIN E For Human Body

Vitamin – Vita+min =vital mineral for your body. Vitamin are not always produced in your body, some vitamins have to be outsourced. Vitamins are those important minerals with out which your cell compartment don’t work in your body. In simple words,vitamins are energy fuel of your body. Vitamin E work as fuel for our body.

vitamin E

Car will run with petrol but when you add special oil for engine, it works smoothly. Similarly body if starved for vitamins will work with all futuristic disease or symptoms or problems but when your body is filled sufficiently with essential vitamins, your body shines and work in sync. Make your body health first priority in life.

Taking a closer look at the lifestyles we live today, even though we feel and look healthy, there persists lack of some important nutrients in our body. We call it “deficiency”. What do we mean when we say a particular vitamin is deficient in our body? Vitamins are one of the major nutrients in our body and the lack of it is called its deficiency. A deficiency of any vitamin calls for a poorly functional body.

Vitamin E, an antioxidant and one of the essential vitamins our bodies need .It fights free radicals and prevents lipid destruction in cell-membranes. That’s why any source of food taken for Vitamin E should always be taken with lipids or oils, as it’s a fat soluble and it works better. Chemically, it refers to a group of  compounds which includes both Tocopherols, and Tocotrienols. Usually Vitamin E is found majorly in North American diet, which includes corn oil, Soya bean oil, margarine and dressing.

How to find out whether you are VITAMIN E deficient?

Then ask four questions to yourself.

Are you experiencing abnormal hair fall?

Do you get extremely tired at times?

Are you dealing with dull, dry skin and muscle soreness?

Do you feel weakening of eye muscles and the often fluctuations in your eye powers?

If its a YES, then there is a deficiency of a vitamin and that is the Vitamin E. Although you may not be able to realize it, these symptoms still exist. The only way to overcome these symptoms is for us to know how very important it is that intake of Vitamin  be absolutely appropriate.

Health benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps in Keeping Skin Healthy:  It  helps in reducing the constant effects of the exposure to sun’s ultraviolet rays. You prevent early wrinkles that develop with age.

Some gain weight, some suffer skin problems. It helps maintain these imbalances.

Vitamin E helps Destroy Free Radicals in the Body: Our body in holds both good and bad nutrients. It kills these bad, free radicals that serve harmful for our body.

Vitamin E helps keep our Eyes and Brain Healthy: Our brain and eyes are the healthiest when rich in Vitamin E. The vitamin acts as an antioxidant and helps kill the radicals that damage the eyes. It also helps in preventing diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

SOURCES OF VITAMIN E

Now that you’re well aware of the health benefits of the Vitamin E, I shall help you find the sources that are rich in Vitamin E.

Vitamin E

Eating a healthful diet that is rich in nuts, seeds and oil is one way you manage your appropriate intake of Vitamin E. The other is that is the Supplements that have become very popular these days as antioxidants. These supplements help cells from damage.You can use soy, safflower, sunflower, wheat and corn oils are key vegetable oil sources of Vitamin E. Peanuts, Almonds and Hazelnuts are some rich and easy picky Vitamin E sources.

Make sure you eat all the green leafy vegetables which are called the powerhouse of all nutrients. Fruits , Juices and  Cereals  make necessary food options for the intake of Vitamin E in abundance . One major thing which my mom told me for Vitamin E source is asparagus and aloe Vera. In dessertic environment people  eat this asparagus as it grows on aloe Vera and  hence very good.Let us make a dish which is full of Vitamin E. To know more About the vitamin E Benefits and its side effects read here

 Rainbow Salad 

vitamin E

Ingredients 

1)green and purple Asparagus (purple asparagus has more anthocynanin pigment which is very good antioxidant.

2) beet root green.

3) purple cabbage

4) walnuts

5) hazelnut

6)sunflower seeds

7) olive oil and drizzle of sunflower oil or soy oil.

Methods 

Just boil the fresh asparagus in water for two minutes.
Over cooking may destroy vitamin E. Cut all veggies in 5 inches.
Now take a pan, put some olive oil and sunflower oil add some garlic.
Saute all veggies, add salt, crushed nuts and roasted sunflower seeds.
These seeds are really tasty and I give my daughter all roasted ones because she loves munching on it.
Serve hot.

Tips : always eat fresh salad because vitamins E is a fat soluble compound and hence only show its property when cooked in oil.

If you really find difficulty to make this salad for  Vitamin E , doctors greatly recommend the #Evion Supplements , India’s no. 1 Vitamin E Brand. Evion is a fat soluble vitamin and its long term intake leads to its storage in the body.

Simple lifestyle changes will help you go a long way in fighting Vitamin E deficiency and regaining and retaining your youthful glow and health. With the right amount of Vitamin E intake in the diet and doctor-recommended supplements like Evion, one can live a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

Also, Read My Article on  Shinning Hair

FITNESS: A HEALTHY HABIT

Health and Fitness go hand in hand. The two aren’t as complex as they are made to be. I think to be physically fit has the similar rules as to be successful. As Success needs discipline and order, so does Being Fit. Make Fitness is your aim.

Selfie at Gym
Gym Time

Here are some of the Simple Fitness Rules and Daily Motivations that I shall talk about and which become your habit.

Every new thing that you do needs a maximum of your 15 days to eventually you doing it daily and making a part of your routine, a habit.

How to make FITNESS A HABIT

DAILY MOTIVATIONS: I need my #DailyMotivations to have a good kickstart for the day and I am sure you need to. Let me share with you as to How you must keep yourself motivated on a daily basis.

7 Easy Ways To Make Fitness And Exercise As Your Daily Habit -Blogsikka
Motivation

Create a list of things which include Affirmations :

I am eating healthy food.
I am being positive.

You can stick on your bulletin board images of fruits with a label (DO EAT ME) and images of junk food with a label (DO NOT EAT ME).

WAKE UP EARLY: The celebrities of our film industry wake up early and make the most of the wee hours exercising, doing yoga, gymming, jogging, walking or the book lovers read motivational books.Fitness habits leave them a lot more energized for the rest of the day. Our oldies too have the habit of waking up early doing the household chores. We need to make sure that our early 15 minutes must be self-timed. You can take a walk, jog, read, meditate.

GARDEN STROLLING: People these days walk or jog with their headphones on, either listening to songs or on calls while walking. If you want to relax, you need to avoid things that stress. There are parents who take their kids to Gardens and while their kids are playing they are occupied with their phones. Leave your phones back home. Be with your child. Play with your kid. Fitness must become your habit.

JOIN  SOME FITNESS ACTIVITIES: YOGA, ZUMBA, EXERCISE.
We all might have different desires to reach the same destination: FITNESS. Get yourself into Yoga – deep breathing exercises, stretching exercises, life lessons on yogis.These shall keep engaged in something good for your health. If you like to dance, take some Zumba lessons. If you are not a Gym person, stretching exercises, daily walks and dancing are perfect for you on a daily basis. Set your weekly fitness timetable.

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Yoga

EAT HEALTHY, DRINK HEALTHY: To stay healthy and fit, you must not only eat but must eat right. So, what do we do?? We eat right and on time. Make sure your intake of nuts is appropriate. Aim for real, whole foods. Stay away from processed, refined, fatty, sugary foods. Instead hog onto veggies, fruits, dairy, beans, whole grains, and eggs.

EAT HEALTHY, DRINK HEALTHY

EAT HEALTHY

EAT HEALTHY

People get so busy with their work, they forget to drink water. If stressed, they opt for a tea or a coffee or a red bull.Avoid these. Try and replace liquid intake with water.

ENJOY DOING WHAT YOU DO: 75% of the people these days always negate about their work and the workloads and invite worries and anxieties in themselves. Do not talk negatively about something you want to do. Much of good health depends on how good and happy you are mental. Focus on enjoying the activity.

BE CONSISTENT: Being healthy and fit requires that you pay attention and stay focused. If you join Gymming, make sure you this fitness goal daily. If you join yoga, you can always use the deep breathing exercises when you are free too. Eat proper proportions of meal daily. You must not expect the results immediately. Give Fitness time and make it a habit. Be willing to get yourself fit. Be consistent with your aim.

You see these Fitness rules are as simple and easily adaptable to your life. Learn to enjoy the process, enjoy the activities, enjoy the healthy, real food and make FITNESS your habit and forte.

Note: “This article is written as a part of Gympik Fit-A-Thon contest and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. Gympik is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.” Be part of #FitaThon guys.

Godrej Group Takes Initiative Against Malaria

‘A malaria free India’, the first of its kind initiative taken up by the Godrej Group in partnership with the Vector Control Research Center (VCRC), was held on 3rd August 2017 at Godrej ONE, Mumbai. The needs and merits of partnerships were discussed by the stakeholders i.e leaders from government, academics, the private sector and social & non-profit organisations for attaining a malaria-free India.

Malaria In India

The core element of the initiative was a panel discussion on ‘Partnerships and collaborations towards achieving malaria-free India’. A Productive discussion the country’s current challenges, a few lessons, along with the advantages and limitations of partnerships, responsibilities and roles for various stakeholders and the next steps were discussed. It was an all star panel comprising Prof. Dr. Sabesan, Senior Consultant, VCRC; Dr Anup Anvikar, National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR); Shireen Mistree, India Health Fund, Tata Trusts; Neeraj Jain, Country Director, India, PATH and Vivek Gambhir, Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. Indrajit Gupta, Director and Co-founder, Founding Fuel moderated the panel.

Malaria becoming most significant public health issue in India

Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, said, “Malaria continues to be one of the most significant public health issues confronting India today, with about 1.5 million new cases detected every year. Our Health Ministry has endorsed the goal of achieving a malaria-free India by 2030. Given the scale of the vision outlined, the importance of partnerships and collaborations is paramount. In line with this, our conclave today aims to create and facilitate impactful conversations on its elimination among key thought leaders from the ecosystem.”

The gathering saw productive results on malaria elimination, such as Individual paper presentations by VCRN students on various aspects of vector borne diseases, a Godrej Consumer Products pilot project EMBED by Dr. Vikas Goswami.

The conclave saw meaningful deliberations on malaria elimination, including individual paper presentations by students of VCRC on different aspects of vector borne diseases; a presentation on Godrej Consumer Products’ pilot project EMBED by Dr. Vikas Goswami, Head Sustainability, Good & Green, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies and Dr. Bitra George, Country Head, India, FHI 360. Prof. Dr. S. Sabesan unveiled a research paper on ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) towards malaria elimination in India’.

Godrej Group for Malaria Free India

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The event was a part of Godrej Group’s awareness platform, initiated with the vision to create facilities for impactful conversations about key issues of National significance. The platform would be continuing engaging with diverse stakeholders groups including academics, government, NGO’s, industry bodies, regulatory bodies, media and digital influencers on subjects that are socially relevant.

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