Babies, Beach Balls and Yoga

babies and balls

The soft and colorful beach ball can be bought anywhere. It is recommended to use a variety of exercises to strengthen the baby's muscles. 

The beach ball is an accessory found in every home and you can do a lot of activities with the little ones and of course with the big ones.

In addition to being a fun and enjoyable accessory, the ball can be used to perform simple and effective exercises with the baby to help him strengthen his muscles, control his body and movement memory and encourage proper motor development in the baby.

The exercises that can be done with the ball are good for lying on the stomach, lifting the head, erecting the back, relieving the gases and stimulating the vestibular system, which is the system responsible for muscle tone, balance, physical awareness, attention, coordination between the two sides of the body.

It is important to perform the exercises carefully and moderately and in any case do not leave the baby alone on the ball, you should keep an eye on it all the time. 

Also, keep in mind that the exercises should be pleasant for the baby, if the baby stressed or uncomfortable, stop the exercise and continue with the next exercise.

Massage on a ball

Start with a light massage with the ball, with the baby lying on your stomach. 

Take the ball and roll it over the baby throughout the body, it is important to apply just a little pressure in circular movement so that the baby will get the right type of massage. 

Roll it on the legs, hands, and sides of the back, roll it diagonally from the left foot to the right shoulder and of course the other side. 

The massage is good for strengthening the baby's diagonal muscles and encourages crawling.

Strengthening the shoulder belt

Raise the baby and place her with the stomach on the ball. With one hand hold her back and the with the other hand hit the ball. The exercise strengthens the shoulder belt and helps with gas.

Stimulation of the vestibular system and the diagonal muscles

When the baby's stomach is on the ball, hold the baby with both hands. Rock him from side to side, back and forth, and turn to one side and to the other. 

While swinging you can linger a little with the baby on one side and then proceed. Notice that when you move the baby to one side, the opposite leg bends.

Swinging and turning on the ball stimulates the vestibular system, preparing for turning from back to tummy and back, and strengthening the diagonal muscles of the baby.

When the baby is still lying on her stomach, put a toy in front of her, swing it back and forth, and let her try to reach out and reach for the toy. 

Allow the baby to reach the floor with her feet and kick her feet. This way she will push herself up with her toes and fold her legs back for the return. 

This exercise strengthens the leg muscles and improves the lifting of the head and extending the hands forward. If the baby is sitting you can sit him on the ball and make small jumps. Jumping is good for gas and stimulates the vestibular system

Strengthening the abdominal muscles

If the baby agrees, lay the baby with his back on the ball, and swing it slightly. Inverted lying relaxes the back muscles and abdominal muscles and improves the ability to lie on your stomach and raise your head.

Lay the baby with his back on the floor, hold the ball over him and let him try to catch the ball, repeat it several times. 

In this exercise the baby strengthens the shoulder belt and chest muscles and improves the ability to bring his hands to the center of the body.

It is important to remember to be attentive to the baby, and if he or she complains - stop the activity. 

Enjoy together!

Honey or Date Honey(Silan) What is More Healthy To Eat?

picture of honey and dates

Which is Better? Date Honey or Bee Honey?

For years there has been bitter debate over which of the two is preferable. And the bees, what did they have to say about this whole thing? Once and for all, we expose the sweet truth, plus two sweet recipes. Do not get confused: both bee honey and date honey contain mainly simple carbohydrates (sugar). But both have antioxidants as well.

How do you identify high quality honey?

One way is to mix a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water. True honey will settle like a lump and will not dissolve easily.

How to choose a quality date honey? 

Simple: the top quality type of date honey contains dates only, without additives like citric acid, sugar syrup and other ingredients.

So once and for all, which is healthier? Bee honey or date honey?

In terms of composition they are quite similar: both contain mainly simple carbohydrates (fructose and glucose), and both have similar functions in traditional medicine. 

Honey is a popular grandmother's remedy for relieving sore throats and abdominal pain and for cleansing external wounds on the skin. 

Date honey may have therapeutic properties, may help with digestive problems and Heal wounds to the skin.

Date honey - Contains some potassium and rich in antioxidants from the polyphenols (tannins, flavonoids and phenols). 

These antioxidants have the ability to destroy and inhibit the development of E. Coli bacteria and staphylococcus Eros.

Bee honey - contains antioxidants such as polyphenols. Honey is also probiotic, thanks to friendly bacteria that live in the bee's digestive system and pass through. 

It is quite possible that these bacteria deserve the most credit for the health benefits of honey.

How it's being made?

Date honey - Extract of date fruit by cooking, crushing. 

Honey - The flower pollen being collected by bees, decomposed in their bodies by their digestive enzymes, and secreted as a liquid to the honeycomb cells. Inside the hive it ripens and thickens.

There are many types of Date honey, how can you locate the highest quality?

Date honey - they contain dates only, without additives like citric acid, sugar syrup and more. They will also be More expensive, but in this case the price reflects the quality.

Honey - Some manufacturers reduces the cost of the honey with honey substitutes in a process that requires heating. 

And here too cheap is expensive: honey that is heated is less healthy, because the heating destroys its antioxidants.

You can try to locate a certain aroma of eucalyptus, avocado, citrus, etc. 

This is not a scientific approach, but for those who specialize in it, Just like with wine, there are professional honey tasters. 

Try to mix a teaspoon of honey in a glass of hot water. True honey will settle like a lump and will not dissolve easily, while mixed honey (usually in syrup) will dissolve completely.
Try to freeze your honey - it should harden, but not completely freeze. 

True honey contains a large amount of sugar and very little water, so it cannot freeze and should not spoil (assuming you have kept it under good conditions, in a dark place).

Honey and the environment

Honey production is only the secondary role of bees. Their main and most important role is pollinating flowers. 

In the last decade, there has been a significant decline in the number of bees around the world, and this is a significant ecological problem: the world we live in today, cannot exist without bees.

The plants, fertilize the soil, affect the temperature in our living environment, and of course provide us with food. Without the bees, many plants will not be able to exist and so will our ecosystem.

Because too few flowers are available and too many pesticides are being used, industrialization processes (which wipes out green areas) and air pollution.

So what can you do?

Try to treat honey with respect, just like gold, and to eat a little of it.

In any case it is not healthy to eat a large amount of simple carbohydrates, even if they originate naturally. 

You can also buy honey from beekeepers that grow bee hives using traditional methods, which leave more honey for the hive itself - and even plant flowers that love bees, such as herbs.

So, which is healthier?

For the sake of comparison, we examined the nutritional values ​​in one spoon of our two contestants.

Teaspoon of Date honey (5 g):

Carbohydrates: 3 grams
Potassium: 30 mg (Large amounts)
Antioxidants (polyphenols) and a small amount of vitamin B3 (niacin).

Teaspoon honey (5 grams):

Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Moderate amounts of antioxidants (polyphenols).
And the winner is...

Date honey has a small health advantage over the honey. But do not get confused: in the end, both contain mostly simple sugars.Another advantage of the Date honey is that its sweetness is more noticeable. 

So it is possible to make do with a smaller amount to get the same degree of sweetness - which will help you reduce the amount of sugar added to the a dish.

But both honey and Date honey contain fruit sugar, which means natural - that is more healthy?

Many people think fruit sugar is healthier, but it is not. Fruit sugar (fructose) is naturally created in honey and Date honey (and also in agave, carob syrup) and its structure is slightly different from that of white sugar, but it is also recommended to eat as little as possible. 

Excess fructose can cause the development of fatty liver, diabetes, gout and obesity.

Always consult a doctor.

5 Healthy Seeds that you must add to your diet plan

5 kinds of Healthy Seeds

When someone tells you that "size does not matter," you will always suspect, unless he talks about the nutritional benefits of eating seeds. These are the seeds you should start eating and the ways to incorporate them into your plate.

Edible seeds are an excellent example of good things that come in small sizes. Despite their tiny dimensions, these seeds can contain a variety of essential and powerful nutrients and other healthy things. 

Sometimes, a small handful of them will significantly upgrade a smoothie, salad, or even a light serving of yogurt or porridge.

Here are five suggested healthiest seeds options and how to incorporate them into your diet:

Flax seeds.

The most important thing to know about flax seeds is that nutritionists do not recommend consuming them whole, but in their grounded form, so it is easier for the body to digest them and also derive more health benefits from them. 

These seeds are best known for their contribution to the health of the digestive system and contain dietary fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also considered to be an excellent source of lignan - a phytochemical found to slow tumor growth and may reduce the risk of cancer.

Chia seeds.

Chia seeds are considered to be a source of whole protein because they contain all the essential amino acids. 

They are also known for their satiety, because of their amazing absorption capacity - each grain can absorb water 10 times its weight, leaving you feeling full for longer. Chia seeds are a whole grain and much healthier than other grains like wheat, you can even add them to pastries such as cakes or muffins.

Pumpkin seeds.

In the pumpkin seeds you will find a good amount of magnesium, a mineral that most of us need a little more. They also contain zinc, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart and liver health. 

Another important nutritional component, especially if you are tired and have trouble sleeping, is an amino acid called tryptophan. 

Tryptophan is a substance used in the treatment of insomnia, so it is recommended to consume it from dietary sources (one of which is pumpkin seeds) in order to alleviate sleep problems.

Hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds contain a relatively large amount of protein - much larger than those found in flax seeds or chia seeds, and are also very low in carbohydrates. 

In addition, they contain gamma-linoleic acid, which has been associated with improved hormonal health. Although the results of the studies have been mixed.


Studies show that sesame oil increases the level of antioxidants, including vitamin E, in the blood. 

You will find them on rolls, and pastries, but a much better choice would be to add them to salads. Sesame seeds are also rich in iron, copper and other vitamins. Several studies have also found a link between eating sesame and reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering systolic blood pressure.

Always consult a Doctor.