I just found a great blog post by wellnessmama on some simple things we can do to boost our kids’ health. I hope you can take a few minutes to read it. I can personally attest to the positive influence of several of her suggestions on my own kids. When we moved from the city to the country a little over a year ago, my kids were in the midst of a serious struggle with food allergies, asthma, and eczema. There were times when I just sat and cried over the pain my children were dealing with and my inability to fix their problems.
After living in the country for a year with plenty of sunshine, mud, barefoot play, and homegrown and locally sourced food, my kids are hardly the same kids! They are more confident, energetic, and with the help of an allergy elimination technique called NAET (which we learned of through our neighbor here), they are almost allergy free and only very very rarely have symptoms of asthma or eczema.
Here’s a quick overview of the action points in the post:
1. Add a little epsom salt or sea salt to your kids’ bath water to boost magnesium levels.
2. Get rid of the nightlights or any artificial lighting when kids are sleeping.
3. Let them play barefoot in the mud and outside in general.
4. Get lots of sunshine (and ditch the sunscreen- it inhibits vitamin D absorption)
5. Let them eat fat (healthy, saturated fat that is, like animal fats, butter, and coconut oil)
6. Make real soup from real bones and incorporate bone broth into meals every day. The collagen and gelatin build strong bones, muscles, teeth, skin, hair, and immune systems.
7. Balance their gut bacteria with quality probiotics and probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and yogurt.
8. Stop putting chemicals on them! Our skin absorbs all that junk in lotions, sunscreens, and bug sprays and dumps it right into our blood stream. Make your own with simple recipes.
9. Move it! Let your kids lift heavy things, roll in the grass, climb trees, and race around like kids! I like to call this “FUNctional fitness” 😉
While you’re at wellnessmama.com, check out her post on an all natural first aid kit. You may need it for that little tree climber.