We all love our children and want the best for them including a happy, healthy childhood and the chance to grow up bright, balanced and able to make their own contribution to society.
Healthy children need
- A toxic-free home
- A balanced, healthy diet
- Regular exercise and play
- Optimum nutrition
- Emotional support – time, attention, communication and love
- Adequate sleep
Unfortunately babies are born at considerable risk nowadays due to the toxic load of their mothers. One study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and Teflon chemicals. Of the 287 chemicals EWG detected in umbilical cord blood, it’s known that:
- 180 cause cancer in humans or animals
- 217 are toxic to your brain and nervous system
- 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
Like adults children are exposed to chemicals every day – in your home, food, water and air.
According to a national survey by EWG, in an average day children are exposed to 61 chemicals in personal care products alone, 27 of which have not been found safe for kids.
This means the simple act of shampooing your baby’s hair, giving them a bath and applying lotion several times a week is exposing them to chemicals that could very well harm their health. Even though they are small exposures, over time they add up and may contribute to disease later on.
Children’s diseases linked to chemicals are on the rise and the proportion of children with diagnosed special needs has increased.
Simple tips to reduce chemical exposures in your home
- Switch brands to safe personal-care products and children’s make-up
- Avoid insect sprays that contain DEET, use safe natural alternatives
- Avoid using artificial air fresheners
- Use a safe brand of washing powder and fabric softeners
- Use safe cleaning products
- Make sure that their plastic drinking bottles are BPA free
Highly processed junk food containing sugar, salt, additives and the wrong sort of fat now contains very little actual nourishment which makes children overweight and damages their brains. Trans-fats inhibit brain function. Children are missing out on essential nutrients while getting high doses of unessential additives.
The brain is two-thirds fat and the demonization of fats in general have blinded many people to the fact that some fats are essential to health, especially for children, whose brains are still developing. (Breast milk is 50% fat)
In 1995 Japanese researchers discovered that a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids might be affecting the behavioural patterns of children and id related to distractibility and learning difficulties.
What do Healthy Children Need?
- 90 different nutrients
- 60 trace elements and minerals
- 15-16 vitamins
- 12 amino acids
- 3 essential fatty acids