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3 Tips For Improving Saratoga Kids’ Attention Spans

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Hello California parents! Today in the Saratoga Children’s Health Blog, we are going to look at various ways to lengthen kids’ attention spans. An increased attention span can improve learning ability as well as behavior and is an important aspect of kids health in Santa Clara.

1. Find an activity that will hold their attention. This might mean that you need to experiment with different types of toys and crafts. One child might enjoy building blocks while another may become engrossed in an art project. There are many craft and hobby stores in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Santa Clara area where parents can get great ideas.

2. Recorded stories are a wonderful resource for increasing attention spans. Have your child lie on the floor and close their eyes, then play a recorded story. When it’s finished, have your child retell the story to you. Local San Jose libraries are perfect for finding recorded books and stories. Or you can download audio books for your iPad or other electronic reader.

3. Make sure that your child is using age-appropriate toys, crafts, and media. Age recommendations can be very helpful when deciding what activities will effectively engage your child.

Remember that it’s natural for different children to have varying attention spans, but the attention span of all kids should improve with age.

I’m Ruth Polen Welch and I am passionate about helping California parents raise healthy and happy kids. I try to keep apprised on the latest in proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunizations. I am the owner of my own Saratoga home business that promotes Protein Shake. If you are interested in learning more, please visit my website at www.goodchoc4u.com or give me a call at 408 569 6653.

Executive Director Ruth Polen Welch
Saratoga, California 95070
408 569 6653
ruth@goodchoc4u.com
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The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Paxton, Jackie, & Shoemake, Teresa, “Fun Ways to Increase Children’s Attention Span”, http://www.atu.edu/research/ProfessionalDevelopmentGrants/06-07/JackiePaxton/Final_Report-Fun_Ways_to_Increase_Children_s_Attention_Span.pdf, accessed on October 10, 2013

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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3 Easy Ways For Saratoga Kids to Get More Antioxidants

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Because antioxidants are associated with cell damage and cell death, parents in the Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley area often mistakenly assume that antioxidants are only important for adults and the elderly, those with more visible cell death and damage. But that simply isn’t the case. Everyone needs antioxidants for their health, even kids.

Antioxidants work their magic by protecting cells from free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of the normal metabolic processes that take place in everyone’s bodies (even kids!) all the time. Free radicals may also occur from pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, or when the body breaks down certain medicines.

Free radicals damage cells through oxidation. You might remember from chemistry class that this is the same process that causes an apple slice to turn brown. During oxidation in the cells, DNA can be damaged and changed, which can create the beginnings of disease. A chain reaction of damage can also occur with one damaged molecule becomes a free radical itself and then damages another, and so on.

Now that you know their importance, here are 3 great ways to get more antioxidants into your kids’ diets.

1. Get more veggies on their plates at dinner time and in their lunch boxes

2. Make fruit the snack of choice for your family

3. When buying processed snacks, choose those fortified with antioxidants.

My name is Ruth Polen Welch and I sell Xobiotic in the Saratoga and San Jose areas. If you are interested in learning more about how Xobiotic can be a part of your child’s healthy lifestyle, call me today at 408 569 6653.

Executive Director Ruth Polen Welch
Saratoga, California 95070
408 569 6653
ruth@goodchoc4u.com
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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

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Keep San Francisco Kids Moving With An At-Home Dance Party!

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Healthy San Jose area children don’t spend too much time sitting around. They keep busy with active play and Saratoga recreational sports. But sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate.

When it’s too hot, cold, or wet for your kids to go out, don’t just turn on the TV or share your iPad, get your kids moving with a dance party!

Many moms have discovered how fun it is to dance their way to health in exercise classes such as Zumba and Hip Hop. If you’ve attended these classes at your local Silicon Valley or Santa Clara gym, try teaching your kids some of the simpler routines.

However, even if you prefer running to dancing, your kids will have fun. Just choose some music and start moving. You’ll be having fun and preventing childhood obesity at the same time.

San Jose parents, don’t let the weather stop you from helping your kids find a way to move around and stay healthy!

My name is Ruth Polen Welch and I am very interested in kids health in Santa Clara. I am the owner of my own San Jose area home business that sells Protein Shake.

If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at www.goodchoc4u.com or call me at 408 569 6653.

Executive Director Ruth Polen Welch
Saratoga, California 95070
408 569 6653
ruth@goodchoc4u.com
Xobiotic
Protein Shake

Join Xtreme Chocolate today!

I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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Relaxation Techniques For San Jose Kids

Relaxation Techniques For San Jose Kids

One of the hardest things for any Saratoga parent is to watch their kids struggle with life’s difficulties. It’s not always fun and games being a kid, and it is normal even for healthy children to struggle with stress and anxiety–whether from illness, pain, social situations, or academic pressures.

Here are some techniques that San Jose parents can teach their kids to help relieve anxiety and stress. Of course, if parents in the 95070 zip code area feel their child is abnormally stressed or anxious, they can talk about this with their child’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or Santa Clara pediatrician.

One technique for stress relief is meditative breathing. Sit comfortably and then concentrate on breathing slowly and deeply, making sure the abdomen is moving, and not only the chest. Count slowly to 3 or 4 as you inhale, and then the same for the exhale. Try to focus all thoughts on breathing–the feel and the sound of it. When other thoughts enter your mind, try to let them float out again like a balloon. This technique helps to relax, and relieves stress and anxiety from the body and mind.

Another useful technique is mindfulness.

With the practice of mindfulness, San Jose parents and children will be able to elicit a relaxed and open response even in the most stressful situations. Mindfulness involves becoming completely aware of every aspect of any experience. Practice in non-stressful situations first–you can even do it while eating dinner. Notice every detail of your food–the feel, the color, the sound, the taste.

Such healthy mindfulness practice can translate this way in a stressful situation: say your child is at his San Jose school and is experiencing anxiety during a test. Practicing mindfulness, your child will notice the anxious feelings (cold and sweaty palms, shallow breathing, etc.), the feel of the paper in his hands, the students around him, etc. As your child notices and acknowledges these things, rather than fearing and avoiding them, they won’t be as frightening. Your child will learn that these things are part of life in San Jose and that they are okay.

Life is a challenge for San Jose parents and kids alike. Saratoga parents can give valuable tools to their children to help them stay happy, safe, and healthy on this journey of life!

My name is Ruth Polen Welch and kids health in Santa Clara is a passion of mine. I am concerned with issues such as vaccinations and childhood obesity in Silicon Valley.

If you would like to know more about my Saratoga home business that sells Protein Shake, give me a call at 408 569 6653 today!

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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Silicon Valley Kid’s Health: Guard Against Chapped Skin

Silicon Valley Kids Health Guard Against Chapped Skin

When it comes to your Silicon Valley child’s health, you might first think of their diet. While putting vitamins and minerals inside your child’s body is important, you also need to pay attention to what is going on on the outside. I’m talking about your child’s skin.

The skin is our body’s largest organ and when skin’s smoothness is disrupted, small cracks and openings can create an entryway for bacteria and germs.

Active Silicon Valley kids don’t often think of the condition of their skin until it starts hurting. Playing outside in hot, cold, or dry weather can lead to small cracks around knuckles or nails. This painful condition is called dermatitis, or extreme dryness. Temperature extremes in Silicon Valley make it harder to keep skin moist and healthy – dry, chapped and cracked skin is common in summer and winter.

Many kids lick their lips until they turn red or bleed. Reminding your child to drink plenty of water can prevent over-dryness.  Using a humidifier during the night in your child’s bedroom can also help.

Make sure you leave moisturizing lip balm in handy locations: by their bed, the front door and in the car so reapplying it becomes habit. Remind them to slick some over their cuticles as well, to prevent cracking.

San Francisco dermatologists suggest a using a daily skin moisturizer that contains shea butter and aloe to draw moisture into the skin and keep it in place.

Encourage San Francisco kids to use waterproof gloves when playing outside in the cold. Lightweight gloves with grips added to the palms are great for playing ball and riding bikes. In addition to protecting skin from dryness, they keep small hands from slipping. You can pick these up at California sporting good stores or San Francisco big box stores.

Using a non-drying sanitizer is another way to prevent bacteria from entering through the skin. Look for brands that are alcohol-free to prevent excessive dryness.

For additional tips for San Francisco children’s health and to learn about a nutritional supplement kids love, contact me today at 408 569 6653!

Ruth Polen Welch
Saratoga, California zip code 95070
408 569 6653
ruth@goodchoc4u.com
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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

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3 Critical Toy Safety Rules For Saratoga Parents

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Between holidays and birthdays, there are plenty of opportunities for gift giving in the San Jose area, so parents are often on the lookout for toys to give at the next big event. Toys can promote children’s health by stimulating the mind, encouraging imagination, or by getting kids moving around and exercising. But whatever toy you choose, make sure it is safe.

Next time you are browsing the toy aisle of your favorite Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley department store, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Be sure that you purchase toys that suit the child’s age and abilities. Buying a toy that is meant for older children is a possible safety hazard and should always be avoided.

2. Once you’ve chosen an age-appropriate toy, read all of the enclosed instructions before allowing your kids to play with it.

3. This can be difficult when you have children of differing ages, but you should always make sure that older kids play with toys containing small parts away from younger children, and never allow them to leave the game pieces unattended.

And, speaking of gifts, remember that ribbons and strings should be taken away immediately after a gift or toy is unwrapped.

My name is Ruth Polen Welch and I am passionate about kids health in Santa Clara. I want to help parents in and around San Jose to raise healthy children and I do this by discussing important issues in my Children’s Health Blog, such as proper nutrition, immunization schedules, and safety.

I own a home based business here in Saratoga that sells Protein Shake. If you would like to learn more, call me at 408 569 6653 or visit me on the web at http://www.goodchoc4u.com.

Thanks for reading, San Jose parents!

The following webpage was consulted for this post:
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Holiday-Safety-Tips.aspx, accessed on August 15, 2013.

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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Dehydration Can Trigger Tantrums In Saratoga

Dehydration Can Trigger Tantrums In Saratoga

Most Saratoga parents have experienced a tantrum or meltdown with their children. My kids usually lose it when they are hungry or need a nap. Some kids flip out if their routine is altered. My San Jose co-worker claims her kids get crazy when there is a full moon.

Lack of sleep and low blood sugar are the usual suspects causing irritability in my San Jose child, but a new study in the Journal of Nutrition points the finger at another culprit.1 Dehydration seems to lead to a low mood in healthy women. The study only included young women, but I did a little experiment on my own kids and noticed when they were mildly dehydrated they were fatigued and irritable.

Saratoga kids need nutritious food and plenty of water to help maintain good physical and mental health.
I am Ruth Polen Welch and I am an advocate for children’s health in California. To learn more about San Jose children’s nutrition and Protein Shake contact me today!

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1Lawrence E. Armstrong, Matthew S. Ganio, Douglas J. Casa, Elaine C. Lee, Brendon P. McDermott, Jennifer F. Klau, Liliana Jimenez, Laurent Le Bellego, Emmanuel Chevillotte, and Harris R. Lieberman ‘Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women,’ The Journal of Nutrition, December 21, 2011. http://jn.nutrition.org/search?fulltext=dehydration+mood&submit=yes&x=0&y=0, accessed on February 3, 2012

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

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Treating Saratoga Kids’ Minor Cuts And Bumps

Treating Saratoga Kids' Minor Cuts And Bumps

Spending lots of time outside is important for healthy kids in Saratoga, and with all that outdoor adventure come the inevitable bumps, scrapes, and cuts. But parents in the Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley areas shouldn’t fear, all you need to know are a few simple steps for treating your children’s minor injuries.

A minor cut should stop bleeding on its own, but using a clean cloth and applying gentle pressure may be necessary.

Once bleeding has stopped, rinse the wound with water and pull out any debris with alcohol-cleansed tweezers. The area around the wound can be cleaned with mild soap and a washcloth, no hydrogen peroxide or alcohol is necessary.

Once the wound is clean, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment. Appropriate topical antibiotics can be found at any drugstore in the Saratoga area. Next, you should cover your child’s wound with a bandage. When the bandage becomes wet or dirty it should be changed. Once a wound has healed enough to keep infection out, bandages should not be used since air exposure will speed your child’s healing.

Remember to watch for signs of infection such as redness, drainage, increased pain, swelling, or warmth. Contact your Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley area pediatrician if you have any other concerns.

I’m Ruth Polen Welch of Saratoga,
California. Children’s health in California is very important to me. I am the owner of a Saratoga home business that sells a nutritional chocolate product. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at www.goodchoc4u.com or call me at 408 569 6653.

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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Saratoga Parents Who Reduce Stress May Have Healthier Kids

Saratoga Parents Who Reduce Stress May Have Healthier Kids

Moms and dads in the San Jose area are always looking for ways to keep their kids healthy, but some of them might not know that reducing their own stress levels can have great benefits for their children.

A recent study shows that stressed-out parents are more likely to have an obese child, and childhood obesity in Silicon Valley is a risk factor for a variety of diseases and disorders.

The main culprits behind this trend are the parents who are too busy and stressed out to provide healthy food to their children.

It’s true that nutritious, well-rounded meals take a little more work, and they can seem more expensive compared to their over-processed counterparts. However, in the long-run, a healthy lifestyle will be better on your pocketbook.

When parents include time in their busy Santa Clara and San Francisco schedules to de-stress, it can benefit the entire family.
Furthermore, learning to deal with stress in a healthy way is an important skill for parents and children, so next time you visit your Saratoga family practitioner or pediatrician, ask about ways your whole family can reduce stress.

Hi, I’m Ruth Polen Welch and I own a home business in San Jose that sells Protein Shake. I am very concerned about issues related to the health of children such as proper nutrition and vitamins.

If you would like to know more about my home-based business or Protein Shake, please give me a call at 408 569 6653.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Executive Director Ruth Polen Welch
Saratoga, California 95070
408 569 6653
ruth@goodchoc4u.com
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The following online article was used as source material for this post:
Denise Mann, “Stress in Parents Linked to Obesity in Kids,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20121018/stress-parents-obesity-kids, accessed on Oct. 22, 2012.

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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SpongeBob Doesn’t Care About Your San Jose Child’s Health

SpongeBob Doesn't Care About Your San Jose Child's Health

National and local San Jose food advertisers can sabotage your Saratoga child’s health. Food manufacturers, like most San Jose corporations, are motivated by profit, not by what’s best for Saratoga kids.

Their tools are deceptive language, cartoon characters, celebrities, and false promises of popularity. Saratoga parents can help youth better handle the constant media barrage by teaching them:

The components of a healthy diet
The implied messages and false promises of Saratoga food ads
Nutritional balance and moderation
How to read and understand San Jose food labels
How excessive TV watching and internet viewing can affect health

If you encounter a local Saratoga food ad that is deceptive, contact the San Jose Better Business Bureau. To complain about national ads, send a letter to the Children’s Advertising Review Unit, Council of Better Business Bureaus, 845 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022.

Nothing will change until San Jose families unite to fight deceptive advertising aimed at Saratoga children. For more information on children’s nutrition in San Jose, call me today.

Ruth Polen Welch Saratoga, California 95070 408 569 6653 ruth@goodchoc4u.com

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I am Ruth Polen Welch, and I am a Saratoga-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2009. I sell the industry-leading Xobiotic and Protein Shake online and in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Our valued San Jose customers recommend Protein Shake because Protein Shake is a healthy alternative to junk food .

Xtreme Chocolate is also a fantastic Xobiotic home-based business in the San Jose area. California entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand California healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xtreme Chocolate, visit www.goodchoc4u.com.

Call me at 408 569 6653 to own your own Xobiotic business in Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley.

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