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How do we detox our kids?

There are so many things to consider when we 'detox' our kids, so please understand that the information in this blog is general advice, and as always, I encourage a full consultation so that a proper assessment can be conducted before undertaking any action.

Firstly, you should not detox children in the same way you detox adults. They are still developing and are way more sensitive and delicate when it comes to detoxification so you need to go at a different pace for kids, and consider what is happening for that individual child because one size never fits all.

For children, I use a lot of food to detox & heal. Food is medicine. We need to first take a close look at the current diet to see what nutrient deficiencies exist, and we need to ensure there is a good variation of macro & micro nutrients, proteins, omegas and carbohydrates.

Depending on what deficiencies exist, we may need to consider supplementation. We never supplement blindly, so a full blood test would be obtained first (possibly a live blood screening too, depending on the age of the child and if they will tolerate the finger prick!). Supplementation can be quite useful for kids, especially if they are fussy eaters and if they've been deficient for a long time. An example of a helpful supplement is probiotics which are essential for gut health and this is a vital part of the healing process.

It also goes without saying that when you are looking to heal, we must remove obstacles to healing. No point eating blueberries with a side of cake, one does not cancel the other out. An equally important step in this diet review process is to ensure that we remove as many acidic and inflammatory foods as possible. Refined sugar, preservatives, additives and other fake food will hinder the healing process, so whatever we can reduce or eliminate here will be supportive to our efforts to 'detox'.

Most importantly, we need to ensure the that colon is flushing well and that there are regular and consistent daily bowel movements. We also need to ensure the child is drink adequate amounts of good quality (filtered) water. Without both of those things very little of anything else will work. Lots of fibre, fibre and more fibre, with lots of clean water! If the colon is blocked and the lymphatic system is sluggish, how ever will the toxins leave the body?

Below are some foods that can be easily incorporated into a child's diet to naturally support the body's effort to rid toxins.

  • Foods rich in vitamin C to support the immune system & support the repair of any existing damage.

  • Basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon are all anti-inflammatory & have strong antioxidant properties (without antioxidants we end up with a system full of scavengers that destroy our health).

  • Cilantro is one of the best herbs for detoxifying & can help reduce the build-up of heavy metals like mercury & lead in the body.

  • Ionic Silver: positively charged silver ions which naturally attach to negatively charged ions (toxins) – (this is not the same as Colloidal Silver)

  • Garlic & onions: Rich in sulfur which helps your liver detoxify heavy metals like lead & arsenic.

  • Chlorophyll: this is what makes plants green, it is a natural detoxifying agent.

  • Flaxseed & chia seeds can help with detoxification of the colon & reduce inflammation.

  • Broccoli sprouts are rich in sulforaphane and have a powerful ability to strip the body of heavy metals.

  • Barley grass: this nutritive grass has the ability to draw heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, & reproductive system.

  • Wild blueberries: draws heavy metals out of your brain tissue, healing & repairing any oxidative damage when the heavy metals are removed. It is important to use wild blueberries, as they possess unique phytonutrients with special detoxifying capabilities.

  • All foods rich in antioxidants will help reverse any oxidative damage created by heavy metals.

  • Atlantic dulse: this edible seaweed binds to mercury, lead, aluminium, copper, cadmium, & nickel. Unlike other seaweeds, It is a powerful force for removing mercury. It goes into deep into hidden places of the digestive tract & gut seeking out mercury and binding to it and never releasing it until it leaves the body.

If you are concerned for your child, it might be a good idea to book an initial consultation and assessment of their iris & sclera as this can tell us so much about what is going on internally. We can also perform heavy metal testing that will give us even more information about what we're dealing with, and help to inform a good action plan.

Children consultations can be booked here.

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