Overwhelmed by the thought of keeping your kids toxin-free
and holistically healthy?
It may seem like there is way too much to consider and do in order to produce the "counter-culture" change toward healthy eating and lifestyle! You may be worried about missing something or making a mistake. I hope to ease some of those fears and overwhelm by giving you an easier format to go by.
The easiest and worry free way to creating a healthier lifestyle for you and your family is simple arithmetic reasoning. Take away one and add one. Simple changes that move you step by step closer to the ultimate outcome. You can start wherever you feel most empowered.
One of the most impactful places to start your focus for you
and your family is gut health.
80% of our immune health is sourced from the gut. By properly nourishing and protecting it, you can curb many diseases such as diabetes, obesity, IBS & Crohn's Disease , auto-immune disorders as well as behavioral problems and Autism.
In fact, by keeping the gut healthy the other healthy choices you make will have a greater impact! So it is a great place to begin!
So let's do simple add and subtraction to pave the way to optimum gut health! A little hint that will help increase your success is to "add" before you "subtract". You will find by adding the things that bring you health benefits and happy results it becomes a lot easier too ease out the old way and often it isn't missed.
1. Add more nutrient dense veggies and fruits and grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free poultry and wild fish. Subtract processed & preservative filled foods. The result will be less toxins that disrupt your digestive balance, creates inflammation and breaks down the protective sheath of the intestines that promotes "leaky gut." In turn you will feed the digestive tracks of your family with the nutrients that create the right environment for good bacteria to thrive and increasing immune function.
A simple online search on Pinterestproves there are no shortages of new and creative recipes and ways to present your family with appetizing veggies that fill them, fuel them and satisfy their cravings!
2.Add healthy good fats to meals. Subtract empty carbs and bad saturated fats. The medical evidence is in: we need good fats for benefits like lowering heart disease, balancing insulin levels to burning fat and lowering obesity risk. You'll see a lessoning of belly bloat while your kids will have gorgeous skin and hair!
3. Add daily probiotic rich food supplements.Subtract the top good-bacteria killers. We naturally have good bacteria in our guts which are our immune army against bad bacteria and disease. Some of the most healthy societies on the earth have habits of eating good bacteria rich foods as a supplement daily. These fermented foods resupply the gut with live cultures of good bacteria. Though a daily supplement of probiotics is a good idea to repair and replenish, natural sources like Kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and butter milk are more than adequate to maintain.
However, in our Culture we daily consume good bacteria killers, unaware we are compromising our immune system by leaving ourselves defenseless against bacterial infections and susceptible to immune disorders. One of the prime offenders are antibiotics! Should you or your family take antibiotics, or have in the past, an aggressive replenishing of probiotics is in order. Other offenders are sugar, gluten, NSAID's, chlorine in tap water, stress, constipation, non-organic antibiotic fed meats and processed foods.
4. Add Essential Oils that aid with digestion and support good gut health. Subtract over the counter meds when as much as possible.To maintain good gut health it helps to add natural remedies that support your own body's ability to heal itself without destroying body balance and defenses. Essential oils are a great alternative.
Peppermint: For headaches, fevers, constipation & upset stomachs.
Digize: Supports relief for acid reflux, stomach issues
Thieves: For cold symptoms & preventative immune support
R.C.: For easing respiratory congestion
Lavender: For inflammation, allergy symptoms
All can be diffused or applied topically (with a carrier oil for dilution for children) on the feet, tummy and back of neck or applied with a compress.
By taking care of your family's gut health you will see reduced illness and shorter down time. As a family you will enjoy better sleep, concentration and elevated energy and moods!
Dr. Axe Food Is Medicine, https://draxe.com/healthy-fats/
Dr. Eric Z Healing the Gut With Essential Oils, http://drericz.com/healing-the-gut-with-essential-oils/
Dr. Mercola Take Control Of Your Health, http://articles.mercola.com/fermented-foods.aspx