Friday, August 27, 2010

Digestive Wellness for Children

Thanks for joining in for a journey through Digestive Wellness for Children, every Friday we'll tackle a bit more of it, let's get going.


Every day we are making decisions that affect our children’s health – diet, outdoor play vs computer games, medications, etc – and all those small decisions add up to what makes up their health. Each decision either moves them toward health or away from it.

A major component of the health of a body is digestion. Immune function relies heavily on the digestive system. We are not what we eat, but rather what we assimilate and don’t eliminate.

The rates of children’s disease are growing at alarming rates. What do they have in common? The lack of nutrition and proper digestion have been directly linked to many illnesses including juvenile arthritis, ADD, autism, migraines, asthma, depression, diabetes and others. Many of these are preventable or curable.

Why is nutrition so important? Nutrients are needed by each cell of the body, constantly, and that comes through food. If the cell does not get those nutrients, or get them intermittently, illness, behavioral, mental, or emotional issues show up.

This book approaches these health issues from the biological viewpoint rather than the medical viewpoint. The medical would diagnose and provide treatment in the form of medication or surgery, whereas the biological focuses on providing nutrition and cleansing. Gaining an understanding of the operation of the digestive system and working to understand the causes of illness so they can be corrected long-term, rather than only controlling symptoms.

The body can heal. Every day the body is replacing cells and disposing of old cells, renewing itself, with proper nutrients and elimination the body can become healthier, stronger, and better functioning.

When I began studying the digestive and immune systems, I was surprised to learn that 80% of the immune system is in the gut. Many neurotransmitters (up to 60%) are made there as well. This plays a huge role in the gut-brain connection with a large percentage of autistic children, certain types of allergy reactions, ADHD with behavior and brain function, and asthma with the immune system. That is why digestion and the health of the digestive tract is critical to these kids and is the first place to start when reversing these issues.

If your body was depending on the nutrients in the last meal you ate to build cells (because it is), would you be moving toward health or away from it?

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