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Crown Chakra: Oneness
Nature Sounds: Night Forest Sounds.
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Solfeggio Frequency: 936 Hz

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What Does Your Genetic Profile Say About Your Health?

Each genome is responsible for a person’s eye color, his height, her hair color, as well as statistics for their risks for inherited diseases. We receive genes from both our Mother (Maternal Group) and our Father (Paternal Group). Depending on whether you were born as a male, or a female will determine the number of X and Y chromosomes.

Genetically speaking, every human on Earth is built from the same mold. 23 Pairs of chromosomes make-up an individual’s genetic blueprint however, each chromosome is made up of long chains of roughly 3 billion DNA base pairs which are unique to each person and is found in every cell in your body. Consider your genome to be a novel, and each chromosome to be a chapter of that novel and somewhat of a blueprint of who you are.

Males are born with an X and a Y chromosome, and Females are born with two pairs of X chromosomes. Ok so now that we’ve flashed back to 6th-grade science class, let’s talk about how you can use your genetic information to your advantage.

 Over the last decade, genetic testing has become more readily available to the public with companies like 23andMe helping individuals to gain insight into not only their genetic makeup, but their traits, ancestry composition, health predisposition, and wellness reports.

Of course, there are other factors that can affect one’s health as well like: your environment, diet, exercise, and daily lifestyle habits. Looking into your genetic composition is not only fun and surprising, but it can also be very interesting! You will be utterly amazed at what you will discover should you decide to purchase a kit and see what’s going on in there.

Although genetic testing is still in its early stages from a medical reliability standpoint, the technology continues to improve, and as more data is gathered scientist can be more sophisticated with how DNA is analyzed and will assist with giving insight on genes and the correspondences with illnesses and how to treat them. The majority of companies that do this type of genetic and ancestral testing tend to use a simple saliva test, and some go even deeper and use blood samples.

So, what’s your story, and how do you find out? Most genetic testing kits can vary anywhere from $59.00 dollars to upwards of $199.00 dollars or more. But you should be cautious! Not all test, nor the labs they are tested in are created equally, and some labs have different standards than others.

You’ll want to look for a CLIA or (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) certified Lab, which in laymen’s terms means that the testing is performed by a top-quality laboratory, using the latest and greatest technology like the Illumina Global Screening Array, and tested by certified individuals who are qualified to do so.

Typically, you’ll purchase a kit, the kit show’s up in the mail, fill out the registration form, spit in a tube and mail it back with the postage paid box it came in. After about 3 to 8 weeks you’ll receive a notification through an email (if that’s the option you chose) about your results.

Specifically, with 23andMe you can learn so much about yourself like: what percentage of your DNA comes from a region or continent, if you are predisposed to certain deficiencies or genetic mutations, what percentage of your genes you share with Neanderthals, the probability of being lactose intolerant, or if your hair color changes color in the sun.

And what’s more, now there is a way for you to connect with your genetic family on the DNA Family social media platform. If you are an American living in Indiana, imagine having third cousins in Iceland, and fourth cousins in Australia just as an example. Amazing I know right! 

Having a more accurate map of your genes and DNA will offer greater access to what was once complicated medical information. With this information, you can both improve and safeguard you and your family’s health. Let’s not forget, if you’re a parent, you have passed your genetic information down to your children as well…or at least half of it. Just one gene may have hundreds or even thousands of variants. Testing these variants may give some insight into the risk for ovarian or prostate cancer, or even diabetes and breast cancer, etc. Stay tuned for the next post where we will go even further with how and why you should alter your daily routine to make you and your loved one’s genetic health the best it can be. Cheers!

Children’s Education:

The Importance of Reading to Your Children – The Lost Art

Introductory Post – Benefits of Reading

We all know reading to our children is important, right? But do we realize HOW important it really is? As a parent, reading to our children daily is one of the most important habits we can develop to not only enhance their vocabulary but to also develop their cognitive abilities, listening skills and personalities.  Taking the time to read to your kiddos also helps them understand a world outside of their own all the while strengthening your family bond.  Who wouldn’t want that for their children?  In this series of articles, you will learn the ins and outs of what goes on inside the minds of your littles, the science of why it’s important, ways to engage and make reading the same book over and over (and over again) more fun for you and other various tips. 

There are many benefits that come with exposing your child to reading at a young age.  Cognitive benefits, developing personality traits and boosting their future successes are just a few.   So let’s dive right in with some of the obvious and not so obvious benefits.  

  • Strong Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension: Kids who comprehend the most from their readings are those who know and have been exposed to a lot of words. The best way to be exposed to a lot of words is (of course) reading!!  
  • Develops Imagination: Imagination is the window to creativity.  When reading to an infant or toddler, the brain is working hard bringing those images to life in their mind. They are listening to the words and looking at the pictures and using their imagination to bring the story to life. One of my favorites that share this example is “The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears”. My son and I are absolutely glued to this one!!
  • Creates a child-parent bond: Reading to your infant, toddler, or even grade school child creates a strong bond.  It also gives your child a sense of well-being, comfort, protection, and intimacy.  
  • Exercise for the brain and improves concentration: Reading is a complex task believe it or not. It strengthens the brains connections and builds new ones.  As a child reads, they also have to sit still and focus which helps them develop better concentration skills.   
  • Better success in school: Children who are good readers not only excel in their English class but in all related subjects!! 
  • Helps Develop Empathy: As children get older, they will begin to imagine how they would feel in situations in their stories and will begin to understand and share the feelings of the characters. This will help them implement this understanding into their everyday life. 
  • Helps develop proper motor skills: Here’s one you may not have thought of.  Reading helps to develop proper motor skills in your child. Simply asking your child to help you turn the pages of the book, lift a flap or ask them to lift books up to see what’s underneath them all helps with the development of their motor skills.

These benefits just skim the basics of the importance of reading to your children.  It only takes 20 minutes a day to deliver these benefits to your child!  You don’t have to read for 20 consecutive minutes, you can read in whatever time frame works for you on any given day.   And….it can be the same book over and over as repetition is also a benefit (but we will discuss that next time so stay tuned!!).  

This article focuses a lot on reading to babies and toddlers but it is just as important to read aloud to your older kids as well.  Don’t stop reading to them just because they can read.  Look for these benefits in a future article.