Unfortunately, today’s children definitely bear a higher chemical burden than they would have 100 years ago. The list of “toxicity” symptoms is varied, but may include: difficulty with elimination (constipation, profuse sweating), headaches, rashes, bleeding gums, muscle and joint aches, difficulty breathing or concentrating, memory problems, heart palpitations,and sensitivity to sugar, MSG, or grains.
Todays kids undoubtedly coexists with noxious chemicals. Chubby kids, in particular, are more likely to be “toxic” because the body uses fatty tissues to wall off chemicals that can’t be broken down.
If you are suspicious of your child having a heavy toxic burden it is best to consult your child's pediatrician or integrative health practitioner who can prescribe a specialized physician-guided detoxification treatment plan. This is not something to do on your own.
There are steps however you take at home now to start reducing toxins from your child's body. Your child's liver and kidneys are designed to remove toxin naturally. The best way we can support these organs is by making sure our children eat highly nutritious fruits and vegetables. As they say - "eat the rainbow". For instance green vegetables contain antioxidants and chlorophyll which is designed to remove environmental toxins; lemons, orange's and limes have a lot of vitamin C which can transform toxins into digestible material. Now we know that getting these gifts of goodness into our little ones can sometimes be a challenge, however, the web is filled with recipes and tips such as this one from Fruits & Veggies MORE MATTERS to help you get started. Our go to recipe is tacos! Organic beef and turkey with all kinds of tiny chopped of cooked veggies seem to go unnoticed when place in a fun taco shell.
Helping detox your child is also about simply limiting exposure to everyday chemicals - they are everywhere. Below are suggestions of everyday life changes that can be taken to help further your mission to detox your child.
Pro Tip - Read the labels.
Did you know skin care is notoriously dirty? - ironic huh!
Skin care is not really regulated by the FDA because you "do not eat the product". What they fail to recognize is that we do eat the products through skin absorption. (1, 2 )
Reading the labels can make you more aware of what you are bringing into your home or putting on your skin. Look out for some of these word in your products: Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben, Propylene Glyco, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, PEG, Triethanolamine (TEA)/Diethanolamine (DEA), Toluene, Fragrance (yep - that means there is some type of chemical that makes the product smell yummy - but it is really bad for all of us). The basic rule of thumb is if you can not pronounce it, or do not recognize the word - you do not want it on your skin, or eating it for that matter.
If you want to go detox pro, download the environmental working groups "Quick Tips for Choosing Safe Personal Care Product" here.
At EcoNatura - All Healthy World and Ruby-Blue Bunny we know the joys of having a clean healthy mind and body. Our mission is to create tested and certified skin care products that are harsh chemical-free and hormone disruptor-free. Our formulations use innovative organic botanicals ingredients that support natural detox and provide dense phytonutrients to nourish the skin and body. We use only the best of what nature has to offer because we want you and your family to celebrate good health!