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How to Pick the Best Stroller for Your Baby

You are shopping for a stroller, which means you are currently experiencing (or preparing to experience) a profound and exciting new way of life… either because you are having your first child or adding another to the brood.

This choice is only one of the many decisions you will be making during a period of many changes. There are a myriad of options that make it likely to find one that meets your exact specifications. But even as you shop from among the best baby strollers in the world, the wide selection can make this task overwhelming.

A stroller is an essential piece of baby gear, an every day necessity. Consider not only safety and functionality, but also personality and style. Just like your car says a lot about you, so does your baby’s vehicle!

Fortunately, everything you need to find the perfect buggy for your new precious cargo is in one place… here! No need to spend days hitting every baby superstore and boutique just to be disappointed in their limited inventory. We did that too… waddling around, tired and confused.

In the comfort of your home, you can browse hundreds of styles – compare prices, weight, dimensions, wheels, folding mechanisms, storage compartments, and unique features. We can help you decide which style best suites your family, whether it is a lightweight umbrella or a sturdy double jogger.

It won’t be long before you’ll be packing your sweet lovebug in your dream stroller and catching a bit of fresh air.

With a Few Clicks and a Baby, You’ll be Strolling Along!

In the case of strollers, one size does not fit all. The best one is the model that best fits… you! A few simple questions will get you on the right track. Relax! This will be fun. Remember, it’s all about you!

1. Who’s Riding?

Do you have an older child? Twins? Triplets? There’s a stroller to accommodate everyone. There are sit and stand strollers like the Peg Perego Pliko. There are double strollers like the side-by-side Maclaren Twin Triumph or the tandem Inglesina Domino Twin Chassis. Inglesina also makes a fabulous triple tandem, the Biposto Domino Trio Chassis. There are also double strollers that can be fitted with two infant car seats like the Peg Perego Duette.

2. Who’s Pushing?

5-foot 100 lb. mom or 6-foot 200 lb. dad have different physical requirements. Of course, 100 lb. mom also runs marathons and climbs mountains and dad… may be a couch potato. It’s all okay, we make no judgements. But you will want to ask yourself who is going to be doing most of the pushing, lifting, folding, etc. that comes with stroller ownership. For lightweights, there are lightweight strollers like the Maclaren Volo. Bugaboo Baby Strollers seem to be designed for taller people in mind, with adjustable handlebars and leg room that is comfortable no matter who is pushing.

3. Where are you going?

Amazingly enough, pausing to consider your environs will go a long way to help you select your perfect baby ride. So are you a city mouse, country mouse or suburban mouse? Just think, will you be strolling along pastoral country lanes (of the paved and unpaved variety) with the apple of your eye? Consider a traditional baby carriage or pram like the Bertini Bidwell Carriage or the exquisite Inglesina Classica.

If you are the more sporty type, the Bob Revolution gets top ratings among fitness enthusiasts. If you are a city mouse and find yourself in and out of public transportation, maneuvering crowded sidewalks and limited storage space, an umbrella stroller like the Maclaren Triumph is a good bet. Urbanites also love the ultra-compact when folded Quinny Buzz.

If you are among the growing population in the suburbs, you have room to move and a vehicle to do it. Pick the best travel stroller you can easily fold and lift into your trunk, that steers easily along both park paths and store aisles, and that can double as a packing mule for all the gear and loot you bring and/or acquire along the way. The Peg Perego Venezia, and Jeep Liberty Limited Urban are popular choices among suburbanites.

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Parkinson’s Disease, Muscle Cramps, and Bananas

Parkinson’s Disease, Muscle Cramps, and Bananas

In a recent article I read, the author brought attention to the fact that a review of people who drank between two to nine liters of cola a day are susceptible to the disease known as Hypokalemia. Nowhere in that article did it state what Hypokalemia. Now, you may know what that is, but I didn’t and so, I went researching.

Hypokalemia is a condition where there is a low concentration of potassium in the blood. People with this condition have vital muscle functions when there is a drop in the levels of their blood potassium. Mild weakness to paralysis can be in the range of symptoms.

Researchers in Greece conducted the review. They had two patients in their review group who they admitted to the hospital. Both were pregnant and showing low potassium levels. Both drank anywhere from one to seven liters of soda a day. That’s a lot of soda. One was suffering from a heart blockage and low potassium levels while the other was suffering from muscular weakness. (My first reaction was, what in the world is a pregnant woman doing consuming any caffeine product at all, not to mention in those quantities?! Have they not heard what caffeine does to an unborn child?)

Upon giving up their soda habits, both recovered. It is noted they also were given oral or intravenous potassium. It was stated that glucose, fructose and caffeine could contribute to the condition. These three ingredients are the most common found in cola.

Okay, so you may ask, what does this have to do with Parkinson’s Disease?

Maybe nothing. Maybe something.

Cola-induced hypokalemia is said to not have been determined as of yet. In the review, however, it was thought to have extreme impact, due to the caffeine and fructose levels.

While mild hypokalemia usually has no symptoms, moderate hypokalemia symptoms might include constipation, muscle weakness, cramps during exercise, thirst, fatigue, and/or leg discomfort. Since severe symptoms are dangerous, it is important to talk to your doctor if you think you may have low potassium levels. You can replace potassium lost during heavy exercise by drinking sports drinks that contain electrolytes.

Potassium-rich foods include sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, as well as tomato paste, tomato juice and tomato sauce. Beans, soybeans, lentils, yogurt and low-fat milk, tuna, halibut, rockfish, cod, bananas, peaches, prunes, apricots, cantaloupe, and spinach are also high in potassium. A healthy diet will include these foods and the need for supplements will not be necessary.

My thought is this: If cola could potentially have this effect on a review of people in Greece, I wonder what significance it could have in PD patients who are already susceptible to leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, other muscular aches and pains. It may be worth cutting out the soda habit for a month or so and replacing it with bananas, high in potassium, and see if the muscle fatigue and pain decrease. Might be worth a shot.

 

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