Raising Strong, Healthy Kids

Raising Strong, Healthy Kids

Healthy Body:

Get your kids involved in food early. Teach them how food grows and where it comes from. This is a good exercise for parents too (Mom, where does spinach grow?).

Eating clean and organic food takes extra planning and preparation but it’s always worth the effort. Preservatives and dyes have been linked to a variety of health issues including hyperactivity, allergies and even cancer. Processed foods aren’t worth the risk to their young, developing bodies.

Healthy Space:

If you can make one change to reduce the toxic burden on our kids, do it in the bedroom. Kids sleep 12 plus hours per day and the air quality in their bedroom will have an impact on their overall health. Consider organic bedding and mattress, cotton PJ’s to protect them from flame retardants and a high quality air filter.

Healthy Mind:

We usually relate toxins to chemicals found in products but a toxic mind can be just as damaging. Kids need love, play and a stress free environment. Think of ways you’ve learned to cope with stress and frustration in your adult life and give them those same tools.

Resources:

http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/avoid-risky-food-additives-preservatives/

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-28/news/ct-met-flames-test-mattress-20121228_1_tdcpp-heather-stapleton-chlorinated-tris

Is organic really necessary?

We have many options when deciding what to buy at the grocery store and many times cost is a major factor in that decision. So is it really worth it to buy organic? Lets take a look at the cold hard facts: research proves that organic diets lower exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides. 

Researchers looked at a group of elementary school children and had them replace their conventional diets with organic foods for 5 days. They concluded that the “organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposures to organophosphorus pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production.” Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 114 (2006)

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This graph shows that when the children switched to an organic diet, their daily concentrations of pesticides were dramatically lowered.

If you are still on the fence about organic just remember that our kids are at the highest risk  because they are still developing and their tiny bodies are exposed the same toxins as a full grown adult.

Tips:

1. Always refer to the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” when buying fruits and vegetables. Did you know apples are the dirtiest of all fruits and vegetables?

2. Always wash your fruits and vegetables, even the organic ones to get rid of residue. We use “Veggie Wash” but there are many versions of this at your local stores.

3. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, the food will be fresher and have traveled less to get to you.

4. When buying packaged organic foods, look closely at the label to make sure it is certified organic, not just made with “all natural” or “organic ingredients”…what does that mean anyways?

5. GMO’s are not allowed in organic food! We’ll dive deeper into that one on a different post.