Nuts, Bolts and Simple Tricks to Children’s Health
In regards to health, our aim as parents (and aunty’s ☺️) is to give the child what they need to grow, develop, build a strong immune system and be happy, right?
Well yes there is plenty (a lifetime really) of things to do, teach and learn but we can’t forget the gut. Being at the root of where the immune system, moods, and development flourish I’d say it’s definitely something we want to look out for and teach those coming after us.
- A whole food diet, with lots of diversity makes for happy and healthy gut microbes, happy guts and ultimately happy kids.
- Makes plant foods the hero of the meal.
- Include bone broth in the diet.
- Include foods with probiotics like yoghurt, kombucha etc.
- Include bone broth in soups, cook rice in it, add to pasta, mashed potatoes and sauces.
- Add protein to all meals ie. Having crackers add hummus or nut butters.
- If you have a super picky eater keep trying and encouraging them to explore but don’t stress, in the meantime you can always supplement by secretly adding in a superfood powder (like Nutra Organics) into pancakes, smoothies or icy poles.
- Always have stewed apples, berry coulis on hand to add into unflavoured yoghurt.
- Get Dirty: Kids need to play in the dirt and get exposed to a whole heap of different bugs to help strengthen their microbiome, therefore strengthen the immune system. So go easy on the hand sanitiser and let them play with the pet and make those mud cakes.
- Sunshine: There is a strong link between Vitamin D (from sunshine) and gut dysbiosis. Studies have shown that sunlight exposure helps the cells that fight off infection (T-cells) to get to an infection and sort it out faster. So if your kids have the sniffles or around those that do, sending them out for some sunshine daily is a great idea.
- When the kids are sick and the sun is shining, get them outside for a picnic or time laying on a rug reading books. If they need encouragement, pillows and blankets on the trampoline work a treat.
- Instead of constantly hand sanitising, switch to just hand washing with soap at home.
- Reduce the assaults: chemical exposure, medications and antibiotics, which all have a detrimental impact on our gut microbes. Although we cannot 100% get away from this, we can reduce the assaults so that the toxic load on our children is less.
- Reduce chemical laden products in the house: laundry powder, cleaners, skin products etc.
- Go easy on the medications: although sometimes they are needed, often they are over prescribed. Try for a natural alternative first without all the hidden nasties. Studies have been shown that excess use of paracetamol increases the risk of adult onset asthma as well as eczema and behavioural issues when taken in pregnancy.
- Antibiotics: always ask the doctor if the antibiotics prescribed are essential. Once again sometimes they are essential, but sometimes they are grossly overprescribed. Is the problem something that can be monitored for a few days and then taken if needed? Is there an alternative or natural treatment that could be tried first? And lastly, if they are used, always take a probiotic afterwards.
- Sugar as a reward: oftentimes sugar based foods become our treats and bargaining tools. Teaching kids to eat as much as they can when they can, and also over stimulating their taste buds so that fruit and naturally forming sugars no longer taste sweet.
- Keep a bottle of probiotics always in the fridge, you can buy powders for the littlies. Hide it in smoothies, yogurt, milk just remember not to add it to anything hot otherwise you will kill the bacteria.
- At home try naturally sweet desserts like apple crumble, yogurt with berries, homemade banana frozen ice cream.
- For rewards, how about stickers, small toys, or special choices of what to have for dinner or an activity after dinner as a family?
Love Alissa & Kristyn
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