Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research


By Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo

We’ve lost many years of potentially important research on the use of cannabis as medicine because of polarized views of the “weed” among researchers, policymakers and the general public. On one side, there are those who see cannabis as a dangerous psychoactive drug that should be prohibited. On the other, there are those who view cannabis as panacea with the potential to treat every disease and condition known to humankind.

So now that cannabis is legal to smoke, will bureaucratic hurdles still make it hard to study? It’s time to remove the barriers to cannabis research. There’s still too much we don’t know – both potential benefits and risks.

Cannabis has some promising medicinal properties and its use as a possible anti-convulsive has a long history. New research from my colleagues and myself indicate why it may be effective.

Cannabis originated in the Himalayas and was first cultivated in China for seed and fiber production. Early records of using cannabis medicinally can be traced to Sumerians records around 1800 BCE, which mention using the plant against a variety of diseases, including convulsions. There are more recent records of cannabis use against epilepsy in Islamic literature.

During the twentieth century, the use of cannabis became illegal in many parts of the world due to its psychoactive (“high”) effects. These legal constraints made understanding the chemistry elusive until the 1960s.

It took over twenty years to determine how one of the main cannabinoids — ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC — causes its well-known effects, such as excessive anxiety and euphoria. THC is also reported to be an analgesic (an agent that acts to relieve pain), a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory agent. This is where cannabis becomes interesting for medicinal use.

However, because of its noteworthy “high” effects, THC may not be an ideal therapeutic compound despite its potential benefits. Fortunately, there are other cannabinoids that may have the same effects as THC without its psychoactive properties, such as cannabidiol (CBD).

The research on CBD so far is promising. And my colleagues and I recently published a study that may explain how and why it works. Our study shows CBD can reduce the activity of sodium channels in the brain which may contribute to a significant reduction in seizures in those with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that causes frequent and unstoppable seizures, in extreme cases, as many as hundreds of seizures a week.

The good news is that in addition to THC and CBD, there are over a hundred other cannabinoids and related compounds that can be isolated from cannabis. Many may also prove to be promising for specific medical disorders.

The bad news is, unfortunately, our knowledge about most of these other cannabinoids is even more limited than THC and CBD.

If there are therapeutic gems hidden in cannabis that can help the quality of life in some patients, we should consider researching all of them. So what’s slowing down the science?

In the past, obtaining cannabinoids for research purposes required applying for an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act which could frequently take several months to process. Still more hurdles are required if the cannabinoids are imported from outside Canada. Under the new system, cannabis researchers are required to apply for a license under the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System, which already warns of “several months” for processing.

Sounds like the same bureaucracy, different name.

To put this in perspective, it took my colleagues and I 10 months to acquire 100 milligrams of CBD the first time we applied.

Progress in the cannabis research field would greatly benefit from a reduction in the bureaucratic process involved in obtaining cannabinoids. The downstream effect could be a more efficient discovery of compounds that would, in turn, potentially extend and enhance the lives of those who suffer from life-threatening conditions.

This post was previously published on Evidencenetwork.ca and is republished here under a Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 4.0.

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The Perfect Day

When I was young, in grade or middle school, I was asked to write about my perfect day. I remember how wonderful it felt even to consider a day where I could do whatever I wanted and where everything would be great. But instead of dreaming big, maybe imagining myself in my favorite place, like the beach or a water park, I focused on the most mundane details.

Food mostly, if I remember accurately. Specifically, I think I spent the majority of the essay writing about what I would eat for breakfast on this most wonderful of all days. I chose bologna, not the most magical food. I wrote about how I would warm the bologna up in the microwave on a pie plate, because when you do such a thing, bologna transforms, curling up beautifully in a way that was stupefying to me as a child. Inside I would put a piece of American cheese – the kind that comes in the plastic wrap – which would melt into a lake in the middle of my bologna. Then I imagined placing this magnificent creation on a piece of lightly toasted white bread and enjoying quietly it at the kitchen table.

Just as I took an imaginary salty bite, the teacher let us know our time was up, so I never was able to finish creating my perfect day.

I sometimes wonder what little me would have done with herself for the rest of her perfect day. As I see myself sitting at our long kitchen table, I don’t see anyone else, a rare moment of solitude in my large family. I suppose I imagined, since it was my perfect day, everyone else was busy or would get their days in turn.

Now that I’m older, I have lots of such perfect days. It is any day that isn’t rushed, where I can wake up slowly, drink my coffee, spend the morning reading or on my computer and eat breakfast with my husband. We don’t eat microwaved bologna, but the mood is much the same as the perfect day I imagined when I was a kid. Quiet, slow and relaxed.

I think that’s why people get so excited about summer, which we are thinking about this weekend in the U.S. as it’s a holiday weekend. It gives us a chance to be more like kids. To focus in on the small things. To feel the wind on our skin. To think a little smaller. To feel the earth with our bare feet.

These aren’t the things we normally think about when we think of a perfect day, but they are the things that make a day better. Whatever perfect means to you, here’s wishing you lots of perfect moments in your days.

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Learning to Relax

Greetings from sunny Florida!

You may know that I live in Minnesota, aka The Frozen Tundra. Well, this week, I’m coming to you from my mom and step-dad’s house on the Gulf side of Florida.

They moved here from Michigan about 20 years ago and absolutely love it. I, on the other hand, can only take so much humidity. I come down once every couple of years for a break from the daily grind.

What am I learning this time around? That I’m better at relaxing than I thought.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

About a year ago, I wrote a guest post on the fabulous website, Introvert, Dear, about how I found a balance between taking part in activities and finding enough solitude during a family reunion in North Carolina.

I used to get pretty anxious around my family, for reasons I don’t really understand. I think it was just the expectations I put on myself to put on a front if I wasn’t feeling well and feeling like if I didn’t participate in all the activities, they would think there was something wrong.

The truth is, there was something wrong: I have an anxiety disorder and depression! So, sure, sometimes when I was around my family, I felt like shit. But I didn’t want to let it show, so I tried to fake it. Yeah, that doesn’t work so well for me.

So, at our 2017 family reunion (we have one every two years), I had only one expectation – to be myself. If that meant spending a lot of time on the balcony alone, I did. If it meant playing cards with the fam, I did that. I found a balance between socializing and finding a spot where I could have plenty of quiet time.

And I had a great time.

The trip I’m on now isn’t exactly a family reunion, but it does include my mom and step-dad and my brother Mark and his wife, Lori. I could have easily felt uptight about my trip ahead of time, worrying about this and that.

Fortunately, I didn’t. I didn’t get nervous about it until the night before, and that was mostly because of the flight. I hate flying, no two ways about it. That’s why I took a Xanax before we took off, which kept my anxiety in check.

FLYING AND I DON’T GET ALONG

I came down here three days ago via Delta Airlines. I am not a good traveler; it makes me very tired and sometimes a little crabby. The flight down went very quickly, though, and there were no problems like the plane running out of fuel or the wings falling off. I even sat next to a very nice woman, with whom I had a nice, relaxing chat. In fact, we got along so well, she bought my lunch for me! (No, I don’t think she was trying to pick me up.)

Since I don’t enjoy flying (I’m always trying to figure out what every little noise is), it’s difficult for me to take long trips. I usually get very anxious the night before I leave, and it continues until I reach my destination. What REALLY drives me crazy is the thought of missing my flight, so once I’m in my seat by the window, the anxiety tapers off some. However, I don’t enjoy the flight itself, so I’m still anxious until we land.

But sitting next to this calm woman really helped me keep my catastrophizing to a minimum. Usually, on a flight, I (like most of us) end up either sitting next to someone who doesn’t say a word to me (which is fine) or someone who won’t leave me alone (which is not fine).

So I actually had an enjoyable flight, for which I am eternally grateful. I can’t remember the woman’s name – Diane? – but she really helped me, just by being herself. So thank you, Diane. 🙂

RELAXING WITH FAMILY

My family is pretty calm and pragmatic, and they’re all awesome. In fact, I planned my trip so I could be down here with Mark and Lori, since I never see them. Most of my family is spread throughout the East Coast. Mark lives in Michigan, Craig lives in DC, Jeff lives in North Carolina, and of course, mom and Jerry live in Florida.

All of my family members, including my sisters-in-law, are awesome. They’re a fun bunch, and they never put pressure on me to take part in any activities other than playing Pinochle (which I love). I’m still smoking, too, but no one ever reams on me about it (thank you!).

I’ve always been a serious person, finding it hard to relax and just be. But in recent years, it’s been getting easier. My family’s easy-going nature makes it possible for me to not feel nervous or anxious around them. I can’t thank them enough for accepting me as I am – tattoos, smoking, depression, anxiety, addiction, and all.

I have learned to not put so much pressure on myself to be someone I am not, to not try too hard to be entertaining or even to participate in every activity. This means I can relax. The fact that my family members are the same way only makes it easier on all of us.

I feel lucky to be part of a family that doesn’t throw its expectations on me. Even though my depression is debilitating at times and I haven’t been able to work since 2005, no one puts any pressure on me about it. They don’t make me feel “less than” (even though sometimes I do anyway). They know my struggles and are just glad I’m doing better.

That is priceless.

Knowing that I don’t have to be “on” all the time is my saving grace. I think I hit the familial jackpot when I was born.

HOW I RELAX

I get bored pretty easily, which is somewhat new for me. For the last six months or so, I’ve been getting so restless, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have things I could be doing – but when I feel overwhelmed, every little thing is just too much and nothing gets done.

I haven’t been using the best coping methods during this time. I’m smoking more (outside only) and sleeping a lot more. But you know what? I don’t sleep well at night, usually getting three or four hours lately, and there’s nothing wrong with a nap or two. I have to keep telling myself that.

I do have a list of things I can do to relax, some of which I’ve shared before on this blog.

  • Meditating
  • Reading (for pleasure)
  • Writing
  • Coloring
  • Going for a walk (when the weather cooperates)
  • Paced breathing (3 counts in, hold for 3, out for 4 or 5; then two normal breaths; rinse and repeat.)

All of these things help me, but it can be difficult to convince myself to do it. Building good habits is hard work. It takes motivation, discipline, doing it even if you don’t feel like it, and keeping up with it. The idea is that if you do something enough times, it becomes almost like second-nature – not a chore or something you dread doing.

So far on this trip, I’ve taken a couple of naps, read a little bit, played some Pinochle, gone outside for a smoke when I feel like it, and just generally farted around. Last night, we all went out to dinner, and today we went to a botanical garden in Sarasota. Tomorrow morning, they’re all going golfing while I entertain myself here at the house (you don’t want to see me golf!) and then my mom, step-dad, and I are going on a sunset cruise on a charter boat. I leave the next day.

And no one is putting any pressure on anyone to do anything. My only requirement is that I get to go to 7-11 for Slurpees while I’m here. (There isn’t a single 7-11 in the great state of Minnesota or in Western Wisconsin. Can you believe it?!) It may sound silly, but Coke Slurpees are a reminder of my youth. Plus, they taste great.

So I guess I’m relaxing by not putting expectations on myself or on anyone else. I learned many years ago that stuffing something into every minute of a vacation is very stressful, and that’s no vacation at all.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

How do you relax? Or don’t you? After years of suffering from anxiety, I now know that it is possible – not just for me, but for you, too.

Leave a comment and let me know your secrets to relaxing. I would love to add some things to my repertoire.

As always, thanks for reading, and remember to Keep it Real!
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To Find What You Love, Think of Your Tolerance for Risk

To figure out what you truly love to do, one common piece of advice encourages you to think back to the activities you liked as a kid. Childhood is typically free of the constraints that come with adult life — bills, deadlines, the pressure to hit life milestones like getting married or owning a home — so the way you spent your time at age 10 can be a solid indicator of the kind of work you might enjoy now.

In practice, though, this advice is also a little too vague to be that helpful. Unless you were the type of child who obsessively made up new recipes, or spent hours taking apart electronics in the garage, or had some obvious world-class talent, you probably remember your childhood as a jumble of various, short-lived pursuits.

There’s a more effective way to clue into your talents, and I learned it from Dilbert creator Scott Adams: Trace back your tolerance for risk.

In his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams explains that it was his “risk profile” that predicted his future. Starting in grade school, he would draw comics involving his classmates and teachers, which often got him in trouble when an adult found them. Still, despite the high chance of being caught and punished, he continued to create new comics.

“I was willing to take a significant personal risk for my so-called art, and this was in sharp contrast to my otherwise risk-averse lifestyle,” Adams writes. “People generally accept outsized risk only when they expect big payoffs. Drawing inappropriate comics made me happy. To me, it was worth the risk.” Adams contrasts this example with a story about the time he owned a $150 used motorcycle as a teen. After a few accidents, he decided it wasn’t worth the trouble: “I wasn’t willing to accept a high risk in return for the joy of riding.”

Looking back at my own risk tolerance is similarly illuminating. When I was younger, writing was the only creative pursuit I ever tried where I had fun pushing limits. In my English classes, I’d always try to plant a unique twist in my essays, which I’d sometimes be scolded for. I also wrote poems and song lyrics at home. I’d hide them around my room, reveling in the idea that someone might accidentally find them. I’d wonder, What would they think? Would they like what they read? I didn’t voluntarily share these pieces of writing with anyone, but the possibility that they might be seen anyway made writing more enjoyable.

Think about your life as a kid. Would you collect bits of trash to add to your Play-Doh sculptures, even after your parents told you to throw that stuff out? Would you swipe your mom’s magazines and cut out your favorite photographs? Would you put on mini-musicals at the playground, even if you knew others kids might laugh? Look at those moments as clues.

Of course, remembering your boldest childhood ventures will only be so useful because you’ve developed plenty of new abilities and interests since then. But your most audacious pursuits can still serve as helpful guides — a way to reveal the places where, with hard work, perseverance, and some good luck, you may soar.

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13 Best Pool Toys For Kids In 2019

Best Pool Toys For Kids In 2019

Pool time means fun time for kids. And this fun time becomes a lot more exciting with some cool pool toys.

If you are wondering which pool toys would delight your children, read on as MomJunction presents a list of the best pool toys for kids.

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What To Look For In A Pool Toy For Kids?

Here is a checklist of points that you should consider while buying a good pool toy for your kid.

Safety: Whether it is a toy, snack, or pretty dress, anything you shop for your kids needs to be completely safe. While playing with a pool toy, little kids are likely to put it in their mouths, which can have unpleasant consequences. To avoid such instances, buy toys that are non-toxic, BPA-free, and devoid of any harmful components. These toys should be waterproof and slip-proof.

Age: Pool toy manufacturers always mention the kids’ age limit on the package. This little detail helps to determine if the toy is suitable for your child. Choose only those toys that are suitable for your child’s age group.

Now that you know what to look for in a pool toy, have a look at some of the best pool toys available in the market. These waterproof toys are created for water games and are loved by little kids.

13 Best Pool Toys For Kids

1. Watermelon Ball – The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game

Watermelon Ball – The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game

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Watermelon ball is an ideal swimming pool toy for kids who love to dip and dive. Unlike a regular inflatable toy, this ball is filled with water. It can be dribbled like a football under the water. It initially sinks and then rises slowly and floats on the surface. It is great to play with family or friends.

Age: 8 years and above

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Made of PVC
  • Simple to fill and play
  • Can be passed up to 10ft underwater

Cons:

  • May not roll smoothly over the water
  • Slightly heavy for young kids

2. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Fish Hunt

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Fish Hunt

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This is a race game that kids enjoy playing in the pool. It contains two shark nets and six fish-shaped sinkers. The sinkers gradually drop deeper into the pool so your kids need to be fast to net them.

Age: 6 to 8 years

Pros:

  • Helps improve hand-eye coordination
  • Enhances gross motor skills
  • Can be played by single and double players
  • Colorful sinkers are easy to spot in a pool

Cons:

  • Sinkers tend to fall out of the net, thereby frustrating kids

3. Under Water Treasures Gift Set Bundle

Under Water Treasures Gift Set Bundle

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When your kids know swimming but need some motivation to dive deeper into the pool, an underwater game could help. This package contains diving rings, water torpedo bandits, diving sticks, and pirate treasures that need to be retrieved from under the water.

Age: 6 years and above

Pros:

  • Made of non-toxic material
  • Easy to grab
  • Easy to spot underwater
  • Can be played in a hot tub too

Cons:

  • Actual toys may be smaller than those shown in the image

4. SwimWays Fish Styx Pool Diving Toys – Sinking Fish-Shaped Swim Toys

SwimWays Fish Styx Pool Diving Toys - Sinking Fish-Shaped Swim Toys

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Ever tried grabbing a live fish in a pond? Grabbing the slimy creature with bare hands requires quick reflexes and alertness. Your kids can experience something similar in the pool with these little toy fishes. Let them dive under water to grab these colorful fishes.

Age: 5 years and above

Pros:

  • Encourages underwater swimming
  • Flexible rubber body
  • Does not require batteries

Cons:

  • Breaks easily

5. GoSports Splash Hoop 360 Floating Pool Basketball Game

GoSports Splash Hoop 360 Floating Pool Basketball Game

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Scoring a basket is no easy feat, and scoring one in water is all the more difficult. Let your kids enjoy their pool time trying to score a slam dunk in water.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Water basketballs come with anti-slip grip
  • Comes with a splash hoop, two water basketballs, and an air pump

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Lacks durability

6. HENMI 26 Pack Diving Toy for Pool Use Underwater Swimming/Diving Pool Toy Rings

HENMI 26 Pack Diving Toy for Pool Use Underwater SwimmingDiving Pool Toy Rings

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If you want your children to push their limits and try underwater diving, why not create a new water world for them? This 26-piece set comes with fishes, diving rings, and treasures for kids to explore and collect underwater.

Age: 3 years and above

Pros:

  • Made of non-toxic ABS material
  • Ideal for an underwater treasure hunt
  • Helps improve swimming skills
  • Bright, attractive colors make toys easy to find in the water

Cons:

  • Does not come with a storage bag
  • Color may bleed from some pieces

7. Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set

Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set

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It is always exciting to play with water blasters. Aiming and shooting someone with water improves hand-eye coordination. A water-war in the pool means an incessant supply of water and unlimited fun. This water blaster comes covered with foam for the additional safety of kids.

Age: 6 years and above

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Blasts water up to 30ft
  • Floats in water
  • Available in a variety of colors

Cons:

  • Small size may be disappointing

8. Intex Water Gun Plane Ride-On

Intex Water Gun Plane Ride-On

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Your child may have a ride-on car or bike, but do they have a ride-on plane? Well, they can have one now. This plane floats on water and comes with a water gun for your little air force pilot to shoot and play.

Age: 3 years and above

Pros:

  • Attractive and durable design
  • Safe and sturdy
  • Contains repair patch

Cons:

  • Water gun lacks durability
  • Color may fade after every use

9. SwimWays Finding Dory Shell Race Dive Game

SwimWays Finding Dory Shell Race Dive Game

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This is a card game with a twist. It comes with shells containing images of the two teams of Dory and Nemo. It is a two-player game wherein each player has to find their respective shells in the shortest possible time. Each shell sinks at a different speed, so your child will have to beat it to collect all in time.

Age: 5 years and above

Pros:

  • Suitable for a pool as well as bathtub play
  • Shells are sturdy
  • Colors do not fade

Cons:

  • The small size of the toys can be slightly disappointing

10. Swimline Shipwreck Dive Pool Game

Swimline Shipwreck Dive Pool Game

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Now here is a chance for your little one to become a treasure hunter. The ship breaks into two when placed in water, dispensing the treasures hidden within it. Your child has to dive into the water and collect all the treasures.

Age: 4 years and above

Pros:

  • Different sizes of treasures increase difficulty levels
  • Encourages kids to hone swimming skills
  • Can be used to play in a bathtub too
  • Made of sturdy and durable plastic

Cons:

  • Sometimes the ship does not stay afloat and breaks open instantly

11. Intex Wave Rider Ride-On

Intex Wave Rider Ride-On

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Does your child fancy riding a cool jet ski? If yes, this ride-on is excellent for your kid to have a great time in the pool. It comes with a wide base, so your child has a safe and stable ride on water.

Age: 3 years and above

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • Features a grab handle for safety
  • Perfect size for little kids
  • Very durable

Cons:

  • The color bleeds easily

12. Aqua Mini Stingray Underwater Gliders

Aqua Mini Stingray Underwater Gliders

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This is a unique racing game wherein two underwater gliders race while your kids ensure that their racer reaches the finish line first. It is a challenging game that only kids fully comfortable underwater can play.

Age: 5 years and above

Pros:

  • Self-propelled gliders travel up to 40ft
  • Can perform a few tricks underwater
  • Adjustable wings enable you to create your own pattern

Cons:

  • Easily breakable
  • Suitable for excellent swimmers only

13. Water Sports Swim Thru Rings

Water Sports Swim Thru Rings

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Swim-through rings are popular with kids practicing underwater diving. It can help to maintain direction and increase the time they can stay underwater.

Age: 8 years and above

Pros:

  • Easy to twist and store
  • Does not require any assembling
  • Inflatable chambers come with cute images
  • Pack comes with three colorful rings

Cons:

  • The metal ring inside the plastic covering tends to rust over time

Many a time, little kids can be afraid of water. In such situations, pool toys lure them into entering the pool. These toys also help kids to practice swimming and motivate them to work harder towards perfecting it. Additionally, if you cannot take your kids out on a summer trip, playing in the pool can help them spend time fruitfully.

These are our favorite pool toys for kids. Which one did you like best? Do share your answer with us in the comments section below.

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प्रेगनेंसी में अचार खाना चाहिए या नहीं? | Kya Pregnancy Me Achar Kha Sakte Hai

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गर्भावस्था के दौरान महिलाओं को कई तरह के खाद्य पदार्थ खाने का मन करता है। आपने यह बात तो सुनी ही होगी कि गर्भवती को खट्टी चीजें खाने का बहुत मन करता है। इन खट्टी चीजों में अचार भी शामिल है, लेकिन गर्भवती महिलाओं में अचार को लेकर कई तरह की शंकाएं होती हैं। कुछ महिलाओं का मानना है कि अचार उनके और होने वाले शिशु को नुकसान पहुंचा सकता है। आपकी ऐसी ही तमाम शंकाओं को दूर करने के लिए हम यह आर्टिकल आपके लिए लेकर आए हैं। मॉमजंक्शन के इस लेख में हम बताएंगे कि प्रेगनेंसी में अचार खाना चाहिए या नहीं और प्रेगनेंसी में अचार खाने से फायदा हो सकता है या नहीं।

गर्भवती महिलाएं अचार क्यों खाती हैं?

गर्भावस्था के समय महिलाओं में हार्मोनल परिवर्तन होते हैं, जिस कारण से उन्हें अचार खाने की इच्छा होने लगती हैं। साथ ही पहली तिमाही में उलटी और मतली के कारण जरूरी पोषक तत्वों की कमी हो जाती है। इसलिए, अचार का सेवन उन पोषक तत्वों को पूरा करने में मदद कर सकता है। इसके अलावा, शिशु की पोषण की मांग को भी पूरा करने का काम करता है (1) (2)

चलिए, जानते हैं कि गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाना अच्छा है या नहीं।

क्या गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाना सही है?

गर्भावस्था के दौरान महिलाओं के पोषण संबंधी जरूरतों में बदलाव हो सकता है। साथ ही गर्भवती महिला को कुछ अलग खाने की भी इच्छा होती है, जिसमें अचार व आइसक्रीम आदि शामिल हैं। अगर अचार को सीमित मात्रा में और कभी-कभी खाया जाए, तो गर्भवती महिला और होने वाले शिशु को कुछ जरूरी पोषक तत्व मिल सकते हैं (3)। यह तभी संभव है अगर अचार आंवले, कच्चे आम, गाजर व अन्य सब्जियों से बना हो। इन सब्जियों में विटामिन-ए, सी, के, आयरन, कैल्शियम व पोटैशियम आदि होते हैं (4)

लेख में आगे हम गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाने होने वाले संभावित फायदों के बारे में बता रहे हैं।

गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाने के फायदे

गर्भावस्था में खान-पान का फायदा गर्भवती और भ्रूण दोनों पर होता है। ऐसे में अचार खाने से भी कुछ फायदे हो सकते हैं। ध्यान रहे कि अचार को सीमित मात्रा में ही खाने से निम्न प्रकार के लाभ हो सकते हैं:

  1. इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स को संतुलन में करने के लिए : महिलाएं जब गर्भधारण करती हैं, तो भ्रूण की पोषण संबंधी आवश्यकताओं को पूरा करने के लिए इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स की जरूरत होती है। इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स एक तरह का मिनरल होता है, जो रक्त, मूत्र, टिशू और शरीर के अन्य तरल पदार्थों में पाया जाता है (5)। सोडियम, कैल्शियम व पोटैशियम आदि इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स ही होते हैं और अचार में कुछ मात्रा सोडियम की पाई जाती है (6)। अगर गर्भावस्था में अचार को सीमित मात्रा में खाया जाए, तो सोडियम यानी इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स का स्तर सामान रहता है।
  1. पाचन के लिए : गर्भवती महिलाओं को कई बार पाचन की समस्या हो जाती है। ऐसे में अचार पाचन क्रिया के लिए मददगार साबित हो सकता है। अचार में कुछ मात्रा फाइबर की होती है, जिस कारण यह पाचन को सुचारू रूप से बनाएं रखने का काम कर सकता है (6), (7)
  1. कोलेस्ट्रॉल के समस्या को दूर रखने के लिए: अचार में कोलेस्ट्रॉल की मात्रा नहीं होती है। ऐसे में गर्भावस्था के दौरान इसे सीमित मात्रा में खाने से कोलेस्ट्रोल की समस्या से बचा जा सकता है (6)
  1. स्कर्वी रोग से छुटकारा : स्कर्वी रोग ज्यादातर मसूड़ों, त्वचा, मांसपेशियों और आंतरिक अंगों से रक्त बहाव के कारण होता है। जिन महिलाओं को गर्भावस्था के दौरान स्कर्वी रोग होने का खतरा होता है, उन्हें इस समस्या से निजात दिलाने में अचार का सेवन फायदेमंद साबित हो सकता है। अचार में विटामिन-सी होता है, जो इस समस्या को दूर कर सकता है (8) (9)
  1. ऊर्जा बढ़ाने के लिए : गर्भावस्था के समय अचार का सेवन करने से शरीर की ऊर्जा को बढ़ाने में मदद मिल सकती है, क्योंकि अचार में कुछ मात्रा ऊर्जा की पाई जाती है (6)
  1. एनीमिया से राहत : गर्भावस्था के समय होने वाली एनीमिया की समस्या को दूर करने में अचार का सेवन फायदेमंद हो सकता है। शरीर में आयरन की कमी के कारण एनीमिया की समस्या होती है। चूंकि, अचार में कुछ मात्रा आयरन की होती है। इसलिए, ऐसा कहा जा सकता है कि एनीमिया से राहत दिलाने में अचार सहायक हो सकता है (6) (10)

आइए, अब गर्भावस्था में अचार खाने से होने वाले नुकसान के बारे में भी जान लेते हैं।

गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाने से होने वाले दुष्प्रभाव

जिस तरह गर्भावस्था में अचार खाने से फायदे हो सकते हैं, उसी तरह इसके कुछ नकारात्मक प्रभाव भी नजर आ सकते हैं।

  1. अचार में नमक की अच्छी मात्रा मिलाई जाती है। गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार के माध्यम से नमक की खपत बढ़ सकती है, जिससे शरीर में सोडियम का स्तर बढ़ सकता है। इससे उच्च रक्तचाप और दिल का दौरा पड़ने का जोखिम बढ़ सकता है (6) (11)
  1. घर में बनाए गए या बाजार से लिया गया अचार में तेल की अधिक मात्रा हो सकती है। जिससे कि गर्भवती के शरीर में कोलेस्ट्रॉल और वसा का बढ़ाने की जोखिम बढ़ जाती है।
  1. कई अचार के निर्माण में केमिकल का उपयोग किया जा सकता है। साथ ही यह अधिक मसालेदार होता है । ऐसे अचार के सेवन करने पर गर्भवती को गैस और सूजन की समस्या हो सकती है।
  1. अचार के सेवन से शरीर में सोडियम की मात्रा बढ़ सकती है, जिससे किडनी और डिहाइड्रेशन जैसी समस्या उत्पन्न हो सकती है (12)

गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाते समय कुछ बातों का ध्यान रखना भी जरूरी है। आगे हम इसी बारे में बता रहे हैं।

गर्भावस्था के दौरान अचार खाने के दौरान सावधानियां

जैसा कि हम ऊपर बता चुके हैं कि अचार खाने से कुछ दुष्प्रभाव भी नजर आ सकते हैं। इसलिए, अचार खाते समय कुछ सावधानी बरतना भी जरूरी है, जो इस प्रकार है :

  • अधिक मात्रा में अचार खाने से आपके शरीर को डिहाइड्रेशन की समस्या हो सकती है। इसलिए, अचार के सेवन के बाद हाइड्रेटेड रहने के लिए उचित मात्रा में पानी या अन्य तरह पदार्थ का सेवन करें।
  • अगर आप गर्भावस्था के दौरान गैस्ट्रिटिस की समस्या से जूझ रहे है, तो आपको अचार के सेवन से बचना चाहिए।
  • अधिक मसालेदार अचार के सेवन से बचें, क्योंकि इससे पाचन, हार्टबर्न और एसिडिटी की समस्या हो सकती है।
  • कई अचार के निर्माण में केमिकल भी मिलाया जाता है। ऐसे अचार का सेवन करने से बचें, इससे आपको बदहजमी, पेट फूलना, सीने में जलन आदि शारीरिक समस्याओं का सामना करना पड़ सकता है।
  • आम के अचार में लिस्टेरिया बैक्टीरिया हो सकता है, जिससे संक्रमण हो सकता है।

अक्सर पूछे जाने वाले सवाल

क्या घर का बना अचार गर्भावस्था के दौरान सुरक्षित है?

जी हां, बाजार के मुकाबले घर में बना अचार अधिक सुरक्षित होता है। ध्यान रहे कि यह अधिक मसालेदार न हो और अचार में किसी तरह का फंगस न हो।

क्या अचार गर्भावस्था के दौरान होने वाली मतली की समस्या को कम कर सकता है?

जी हां, अचार का सेवन गर्भावस्था के दौरान होने वाली मतली की समस्या को कम करने का काम कर सकता है। इसके अलावा ऐसा भी माना जा सकता है कि इसमें पाए जाने वाले पोषक तत्व मतली के कारण हुए पोषक तत्व की कमी की भी पूर्ति कर सकता है (13)

क्या मैं गर्भावस्था में आम का अचार खा सकती हूं?

जी हां, गर्भावस्था के दौरान सीमित मात्रा में आम का अचार खाया जा सकता है, क्योंकि इसमें पाए जाने वाला कैल्शियम गर्भवती महिला और भ्रूण की हड्डियों को मजबूत करने का काम कर सकता है। इसके अलावा, अचार में पाया जाने वाला फोलेट शिशु को जन्म दोष से बचाने में भी मदद कर सकता है (14)। इसमें अन्य तरह के पोषक तत्व भी पाए जाते हैं, जो आपके लिए फायदेमंद हो सकते हैं।

क्या मैं गर्भावस्था में नींबू का अचार खा सकती हूं?

वैसे तो नींबू के अचार को सीमित मात्रा में खाने से किसी तरह की समस्या नहीं होती है, फिर भी इसके सेवन से पहले डॉक्टर की सलाह लेना उचित होगा।

उम्मीद है कि गर्भावस्था में अचार के सेवन को लेकर आपके मन में आने वाले सभी सवालों के जवाब मिल गए होंगे। साथ ही अचार खाने से होने वाले फायदे जानकर इसके नुकसान के बारे में आपकी घबराहट भी दूर हो गई होगी। इस लेख में अचार खाने को लेकर कुछ सावधानियां भी दी गई हैं, जो अचार से होने वाले जोखिम से दूर रहने में मददगार साबित हो सकती हैं। इस विषय से संबंधित अन्य जानकारी के लिए आप नीचे दिए कमेंट बॉक्स के जरिए अपने सवाल हम तक पहुंचा सकते हैं। हम वैज्ञानिक प्रमाण सहित जवाब देने का प्रयास करेंगे।

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छोटे बच्चों की शरारतें और हरकतें हर किसी का दिल जीत लेती हैं। वहीं, कई बार माता-पिता को उनके लाडले की कुछ आदतें इतना परेशान कर देती है कि वो उन पर नाराज होने लग जाते हैं। ऐसी ही एक आदत है अंगूठा चूसने की। यूं तो यह आदत समय के साथ छूट जाती है, लेकिन कई बच्चे सालों तक अंगूठा चूसते हैं। इससे परेशान मां-बाप कई कोशिश करते हैं, जिससे उनका बच्चा अंगूठा चूसना छोड़ दे। जब कई प्रयासों के बाद भी बच्चे की आदत नहीं छूटती, तो वो बच्चे को डांटना शुरू कर देते हैं, जो गलत है। बच्चे की यह आदत छुड़ाने के लिए बल का नहीं, बल्कि बुद्धि का प्रयोग करना चाहिए। मॉमजंक्शन के इस आर्टिकल में हम यह जानने का प्रयास करें कि आखिर बच्चे अंगूठा क्यों चूसते हैं। साथ ही कुछ ऐसे उपाय जानेंगे, जो उनकी अंगूठा चूसने की आदत को छुड़ाने में मदद करेंगे।

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आपको शायद यकीन न हो, लेकिन मेडिकल रिसर्च का मानना है कि शिशु गर्भाशय में ही अंगूठा चूसना शुरू कर देते हैं (1)। शिशु गर्भावस्था के 29वें हफ्ते से ही अंगूठा मुंह में डालकर पीने लग जाते हैं। वहीं, जन्म के बाद करीब 10 से 34 प्रतिशत बच्चे अंगूठा चूसते हैं (3)

बच्चों का अंगूठा चूसना हानिकारक भी हो सकता है। आइए, इससे होने वाले नुकसान पर एक नजर डाल लेते हैं।

अंगूठा चूसना शिशुओं के लिए क्यों हानिकारक है?

बच्चों में अंगूठा चूसने की आदत काफी आम है, लेकिन इस आदत के लंबे समय तक रहने पर कई तरह के दुष्परिणाम भी होने लगते हैं। नीचे हम आपको विस्तार से अंगूठा या उंगली चूसने की वजह से होने वाली परेशानियों के बारे में बता रहे हैं (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

  1. दातों का अंदर धसना या बाहर निकलना: बच्चे द्वारा अंगूठे को बार-बार चूसने से बच्चे के दांत अंदर को धसने के साथ ही अपने स्थान से खिसक सकते हैं। इसके अलावा, बच्चे के दांतों का बाहर निकलना भी अंगूठा चूसने के कारण हो सकता है। अगर बच्चा लंबे समय तक अंगूठे को चूसता है, तो उसके दांंत टेड़े-मेड़े भी हो सकते हैं।
  1. तोतला पन : अगर बच्चा 4 साल तक लगातार अंगूठा चूसता रहा है और इस आदत को छोड़ने का नाम नहीं लो रहा है, तो उसे बोलते समय कठिनाई महसूस हो सकती है। उसके शब्द साफ नहीं निकलते। इसलिए, वो तोतलापन का शिकार हो जाता है।
  1. पैरोनीचिया (Paronychia) : यह ऐसी स्थिति होती है, जब बैक्टीरिया नाखूनों की जड़ को संक्रमित करता है। नाखून पर लगातार मुंह और दांतों की वजह से पड़ते दबाव की वजह से नाखून और त्वचा के बीच एक छोटा-सा अंतर आ जाता है। यहां बैक्टीरिया जमा होकर संक्रमण पैदा कर सकते हैं। फिर यही संक्रमण मुंह के जरिए पेट में जा सकता है।
  1. हर्पेटिक व्हिटलो (Herpetic whitlow) : यह एक प्रकार का संक्रमण है, जो नाखूनों और उंगलियों में होता है। इस संक्रमण के दौरान उंगली में बिल्स्टर (छाले – फफोले) हो जाते हैं, जिनमें काफी दर्द होता है।
  1. हाथों की हड्डी संबंधी समस्या : अंगूठे या उंगलियों को बार-बार चूसने की वजह से हड्डी पर भी असर पड़ सकता है। एक केस स्टडी के मुताबिक लंबे समय तक अंगूठे को चूसने से बच्चे की हड्डी काफी बढ़ गई थी। अंगूठा चूसने की आदत हड्डियों को बढ़ाने के साथ ही हड्डी को उसकी जगह से खिसाकने का भी काम कर सकती है।
  1. मानसिक कमजोरी : बच्चे के अंगूठा चूसने के आदत को मानसिक कमजोरी से भी जोड़कर देखा जाता है। अगर बच्चा लंबे समय से अंगूठा चूस रहा है और चार साल बाद भी इस आदत को नहीं छोड़ता है, तो शायद यह मानसिक विकार का संकेत हो सकता है। ऐसे में न्यूरो से एक बार संपर्क कर लेना चाहिए।

नोट : यहां दुष्प्रभाव बताने का मतलब किसी को डरना नहीं, बल्कि सावधान करना है।

नीचे हम आपको कुछ टिप्स बता रहे हैं, जिनकी मदद से बच्चों को अंगूठा चूसने से रोका जा सकता है।

बच्चे को अंगूठा चूसने से कैसे रोकें? | बच्चों का अंगूठा पीना कैसे छुड़ाएं? |

एक बार बच्चे को अंगूठा चूसने की आदत लग जाएं, तो उसे छुड़ाना थोड़ा मुश्किल हो जाता है। आप बच्चे से बात कर सकते हैं कि यह आदत बुरी होती है और इससे कई नुकसान हो सकते हैं। साथ ही उसके सामने कुछ उदाहरण भी रख सकते हैं। ध्यान रहे कि इस आदत की वजह से बच्चों को डांटे नहीं। यहां हम कुछ टिप्स दे रहे हैं (1) (9) (10):

छोटे बच्चों को अंगूठा चूसने से रोकने के टिप्स:

  • अगर बच्चा बहुत छोटा है, तो जैसे ही अंगूठा चूसने लगे उसके हाथों में दस्ताने पहनाना शुरू कर दें। इससे बच्चे की उंगलियां या अंगूठा बार-बार चूसने की आदत छूट सकती है।
  • छोटे बच्चे की यह आदत छुड़ाने के लिए आप उसे कोई खिलौना दे सकते हैं।
  • बच्चे को आप पेसिफायर (Pacifier) भी दे सकते हैं, लेकिन पेसिफायर का इस्तेमाल करने के लिए उस पर जोर न डालें।
  • आप बच्चे के अंगूठे में कुछ कड़वी चीज जैसे नीम का लेप लगा सकती हैं, ताकि वो अंगूठे से आने वाले कड़वे स्वाद की वजह से उसे चूसना छोड़ सकते हैं।

बड़े बच्चों को अंगूठा चूसने से रोकने के टिप्स:

  • अगर बच्चा इतना बड़ा है कि वो माता-पिता की बात समझ सकता है, तो उससे बात करें। उसे बताएं कि अगर उसे कुछ परेशानी है, तो वह अंगूठा चूसकर खुद को शांत करने की जगह आपसे बात करे।
  • जब बच्चा आपकी बात मानकर कुछ देर के लिए अंगूठा न चूसे, तो उसकी तारीफ करें।
  • उन्हें समय-समय पर याद दिलाते रहें कि अंगूठा चूसने से उसे कई नुकसान हो सकते हैं।
  • बच्चे की हरकत पर नजर रखकर यह जानने की कोशिश करें कि वह किस परिस्थिति में अंगूठे को मुंह में डालता है। अंगूठा चूसने की वजह का पता चलते ही उस पर काम करना शुरू कर दें।

चलिए, अब यह जान लेते हैं कि बच्चे अंगूठा चूसना कब बंद करते हैं।

बच्चों का अंगूठा चूसना कब बंद होता है?

अधिकांश बच्चे अपने अंगूठे को चूसना अपने आप बंद कर देते हैं। करीब 3 से 4 साल के होने पर बच्चों की यह आदत छूट जाती है। अगर चार साल के बाद भी बच्चे अंगूठे को चूसते हैं, तो आप डॉक्टर से संपर्क कर सकते हैं (1) (11)

अब तो आप जान ही चुके हैं कि बच्चे अंगूठा क्यों चूसते हैं। बस अब आप इस लेख में दी गई सभी बातों को जहन में रखकर अपने बच्चे की इस आदत छुड़वाने की कोशिश कर सकते हैं। ध्यान रखें कि आप बच्चों को गुस्से से नहीं, प्यार से ही जीत सकते हैं। आप किसी भी तरह की जोर-जबरदस्ती न करें। आप इस लेख को अपने दोस्तों के साथ भी साझा कर सकते हैं, ताकि अगर उनके बच्चे को भी कुछ ऐसी लत हो, तो उन्हें कुछ मदद मिल सके। आर्टिकल में दी गई जानकारी के इतर अगर आप कुछ सवाल हमसे पूछना चाहते हैं, तो कमेंट बॉक्स के माध्यम से उन्हें हम तक पहुंचा सकते हैं। हम वैज्ञानिक प्रमाण सहित जवाब देने का प्रयास करेंगे।

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6 Foods That Speed Up Aging

6 Foods That Speed Up Aging

It’s true, you are what you eat. And we aren’t just talking about health, what you eat can affect your body inside and out. While we all love digging into our favorite hot dog sandwich or an occasional bite of donuts every once in a while, they can have an impact on how we look and our skin as well. And not in a good way, mind you. Following a good skincare routine and working out might not be enough to stay youthful and glowing. What we feed our bodies also play a crucial role in this regard. Here we list out 6 foods that you should definitely cut down on or avoid if you want to stay youthful and look radiant.

1. French Fries

French Fries

French fries are fried at a high temperature which releases free radicals that can damage our skin cells. They can speed up the aging process as the skin loses its elasticity and also affect the DNA molecules. French fries also contain too much salt in them which can suck the water out of our skin and cause dehydration. And dehydrated skin is easily prone to wrinkles (1).

What To Eat Instead: You can have roasted sweet potatoes which can increase the collagen production as they are rich in copper which has anti-aging properties.

2. Processed Meats

Processed Meats

Processed meats can be harmful to the skin as they are saturated fats that are high in sodium and sulfite. Processed meats include foods such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. They can also dehydrate the skin and cause inflammation by weakening collagen production (2).

What To Eat Instead: You can go for eggs or beans which are cheaper and gives your body the necessary protein. You can also opt for turkey and chicken to satiate your cravings. The protein and amino acids in them will also help your skin to form collagen.

3. Alcohol

Alcohol

Alcohol is bad news for the skin. It can cause a loss of collagen, puffiness, redness, and wrinkles. Drinking alcohol can result in depletion of nutrients and vitamin A levels which can make your skin prone to wrinkles. Vitamin A helps the skin stay wrinkle-free and elastic by aiding in new cell growth and collagen production, so lower levels of vitamin A is not good for the skin (3).

What To Do Instead: Drink in moderation, and always stay hydrated. You can go for non-alcoholic options by getting creative with a non-alcoholic mojito or mocktail recipes.

4. Caffeine

Caffeine

Having your favorite cup of coffee can help you kickstart the day. But having frequent cups of coffee or soda will keep you up at night and affect your sleep. Not getting adequate sleep can accelerate the aging process and also cause dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles (4).

What To Have Instead: You can limit your intake to 1 cup or consider decaf options. You can also swap your coffee with golden milk. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and other anti-aging components which is great for the skin.

5. Sugar

Sugar

Sugar is one of the major contenders for causing skin damage. Sugar leads to the production of collagen damaging AGEs and other skin concerns such as acne (5). Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are one of the main culprits of aging besides sunlight (6).

What To Eat Instead: Opt for honey or fruits instead of sugar. Reach for frozen fruit, popsicle or dark chocolate when you are craving for an after-meal snack.

6. White Bread

White Bread

Refined carbs integrated with protein can form AGEs that can accelerate the aging process. White bread is high in glycemic index which causes inflammation in the body while also speeding up aging (7).

What To Eat Instead: Sprouted grain bread is a better and more healthy alternative as they contain antioxidants beneficial for the skin and no added sugar.

Who would’ve thought the food we eat regularly has such nightmarish effects on our skin? So the next time you reach for a sugary treat or your fourth cup of coffee, it’s always better to think twice.

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9 Best Basketballs For Kids In 2019

Best Basketballs For Kids In 2019

Taking part in a sport has a lot of health benefits. Basketball is one of the many sports that is popular with both kids and adults. If your little one wants to try playing basketball as a sport or leisure activity, you can encourage them by getting them the perfect basketball.

But how do you choose a good basketball? Do not worry because we at MomJunction have compiled a list of some of the best basketballs for kids.

How To Find The Perfect Basketball For Your Kid

When buying a basketball for your child, there are a few things that you should consider. Below are some pointers that may help you make the final choice.

Weight and Size: Basketballs are made of rubber and are heavy to hold because they have to withstand harsh surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. These balls are available in a variety of weights and sizes. For kids aged between 9 and 11, the ideal basketball size and weight could be 5 and 27.5 inches respectively.

Durability: Another important factor to consider while buying a good basketball is its durability. Basketballs are filled with air and need to be sturdy so they bounce well. For younger kids, you can opt for balls made of foam, which are easy to grip and a lot lighter than other basketballs.

These are the two main criteria that a good basketball should fulfil. Now let’s have a look at some of the best basketballs for kids.

9 Best Basketball For Kids

1. Spalding NBA Street Basketball

Spalding NBA Street Basketball

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This youth size basketball offers excellent grip and control so your kid can dominate the basketball court.

Pros:

  • Durable rubber cover
  • Good grip
  • Deep channel design for better control
  • Ideal for shooters
  • Most suitable for outdoors

Cons:

  • Inconsistent bounce when played indoors

2. Wilson Evolution Game Basketball

Wilson Evolution Game Basketball

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You do not have to think much about the quality of this basketball because it has been approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Pros:

  • Cushion core carcass makes the ball soft to touch
  • Evo microfiber composite cover wicks moisture and offers a good grip
  • Laid-in composite channel design provides better control
  • Most suitable for indoor play

Cons:

  • Some may have faulty seams

3. SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop 5-inch Foam Basketball

SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop 5-inch Foam Basketball

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This ball is for your little one who wants to play basketball but is too tiny to reach the actual hoop. It is a 5-inch foam ball that is ideal for indoors.

Pros:

  • Does not generate much noise
  • Ideal option for playing indoors

Cons:

  • Outer cover flakes off easily

4. Mikasa BX1000 Premium Rubber Basketball

Mikasa BX1000 Premium Rubber Basketball

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Available in the regular orange color, this basketball is designed for outdoors. It is a regular basketball that is reasonably priced.

Pros:

  • Good option for rookie players
  • Rubber cover gives good grip
  • Suitable for boys as well as girls
  • Available in sizes 4 and 5

Cons:

  • Frequent inflation required for optimum usage

5. Tachikara 2-Tone Rubber Basketball

Tachikara 2-Tone Rubber Basketball

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This two-tone basketball comes in some attractive colors. It is a cool ball that can make your child want to play basketball.

Pros:

  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Offers good grip and control while dribbling
  • Yarn winding offers good durability
  • Holds air well

Cons:

  • Requires frequent inflation

6. Chance Premium Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

Chance Premium IndoorOutdoor Basketball

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Not sure whether to buy an outdoor basketball or indoor basketball? Go for this basketball, which can be played indoors as well as outdoors.

Pros:

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor play
  • Available in various colors
  • Deep channels enable good grip and control
  • Butyl bladder controls air pressure and maintains a perfect round shape

Cons:

  • Deflates easily after a few uses

7. Molten X-Series Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

Molten X-Series IndoorOutdoor Basketball

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You may want to have a look at this basketball as it is approved by FIBA. It has a synthetic cover that makes it suitable for both outdoor and indoor play.

Pros:

  • Uniform pebble surface offers good grip and control
  • Signature 12-panel design enhances the visibility of the basketball
  • Butyl bladder helps to maintain shape and air pressure
  • Holds air well

Cons:

  • Gets soiled too easily as compared to other basketballs

8. Baden SkilCoach Shooter’s Rubber Training Basketball

Baden SkilCoach Shooter's Rubber Training Basketball

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For kids who are new to the game or want to learn the game, this rubber training basketball can be of great help. It is designed to help improve hand positioning and shooting technique.

Pros:

  • Hand graphics created to suit both left- and right-handed players
  • Rubber cover makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor play
  • Wound core ensures air retention and good bounce

Cons:

  • Ball loses air quickly

9. Franklin Sports Junior 27.5 Inch USA Basketball

Franklin Sports Junior 27.5 Inch USA Basketball


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Its red, white, and blue panel pays tribute to the rich basketball traditions in America. The rich color also makes this basketball enticing for children. This junior-size ball offers good grip and control to help your little basketball player learn quickly.

Pros:

  • Polyester winding promotes good bounce and perfect shape retention
  • Pro width channels enable better control over shots
  • High-tack rubber cover gives good grip

Cons:

  • Lacks durability and loses air within a few days

Basketball is a fun sport that every child can try at least once. It helps to build bone strength, aids mental development, and provides many other health benefits. We loved all the children basketballs listed above. Which one would you consider buying for your kid? Do let us know your choice in the comments section below.

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