Kids... Kids are experiencing more pervasive issues than ever before. The numbers of kids with attention deficit disorder, autism, behavior issues, depression and food allergies is increasing at an alarming rate. If we look at how toxins affect children, the statistics are not that surprising.
Vaccinations: The mercury used in vaccinations can build up in little systems, causing health issues.
Chemicals: We live in a chemical world. From car exhaust to cleaning products, it is virtually impossible to avoid chemical exposure. If chemicals build up in the system, the immune system can be compromised.
Preservatives: Many people are sensitive to the additives and preservatives in foods. Like food sensitivities, numerous health issues can result when preservatives are ingested.
Parasites: Children can be born with parasites (as well as molds/yeasts and funguses). In infants, sleep disturbances, hair pulling, agitation, and stomach issues can all be caused by parasites in the system. Stool samples and blood tests do not always identify all parasitic action, because parasites can park themselves anywhere within the body. I highly recommend electrodermal screening if parasites are a concern (can be done with infants).
Molds/Yeasts/Funguses: Children can experience similar issues as adults if they have a build up of molds, fungus or yeasts in the system. Little white dots on the face and arms can be a sign of a build up in the system. Once again, I recommend electrodermal screening to determine a protocol to rid the system of this toxin.
What can be done? Kids can go through electrodermal screening and detoxification to relieve their bodies of all the toxins that are built up.
Another area that is prevalent for children is food sensitivities. Sensitivities do not generally appear as obvious as food allergies. Some clues to food sensitivities could be any of the following: Puffiness on the top of the cheeks below the eyes, darkness under the eyes, rash or break out between the lips and chin, digestive issues, bed wetting, and agitation.
Asthma: More and more kids are suffering from asthma. The lungs of people with asthma are overly sensitive and tend to react to such things as pet danders, dust, foods, cold weather, exercise, allergens, and more. There are many natural products that can assist in reducing the inflammation of the lungs. Also, eliminating toxins from the system can allow the body to more easily fight off triggers for the asthma.
Additional things that kids need as well as adults include the following:
Exercise - We have become a society of television, playstation, and dormancy. Moving is important for everyone, and especially kids. Exercise helps to move toxins out of the system.
Sun -kids and adults need sunshine. Sunscreen is important, because sunburn needs to be avoided (leading cause of skin cancers). A small amount of time in the sun without sunscreen is important for replenishing vitamin D (10-15 minutes in non peak sun hours).
Healthy Diet- when I refer to a healthy diet, I am not referring to the Standard American Diet (SAD). This diet is packed full of sugars, white flours, and additives. Kids need foods that are as close to nature as possible. If you look at what children are exposed to immediately if they are not breast fed (formulas), you will see that they are packed full of corn syrup. This is setting up kids for early sensitivities to sugars. Early diets for children include fruit bites (corn syrup) and items loaded with white flour. Fresh, natural foods are the best option. As a side note, kids shouldn't be allowed to snack constantly all day long, especially on foods that aren't beneficial. With that said, we do a good job of taking away a child's innate ability to eat when they are hungry. As adults, we no longer listen to our bodies cues, because we have been taught to eat on a schedule. If your child has a different meal schedule than you do, allow them to eat healthy snacks if their hunger doesn't fall at meal time. If they are not hungry when the family sits down to eat; is it so bad to have the child sit and interact with the family without eating? Pay attention to whether your child is snacking out of boredom, or if they need to refuel more often than others in the family. You can't lose if you have lots of energy building, healthy options available for your children.
Socializing: Kids also need a social network. Friends and activities outside of the home are important for fostering independence.