There’s no escaping or denying the fact that we live in a toxic world.
And so do our kids.
Between the environmental pollutants, chemically laden personal care products, and foods that contain pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and other agricultural chemicals just to name a few - the exposure is real.
As a parent, it’s totally natural after one too many colds, skin reactions, or bouts of allergy and asthma attacks throughout the year to question whether or not there’s anything you can do to help alleviate the toxic overload in your child and possibly even detoxify them.
If you were the one experiencing a build-up of toxicities in your own body, you might feel inclined to jump on the detox train ASAP in order to help cleanse your system.
But, when it comes to your little ones, the big question at hand is…
Is it safe for kids to detox?
Not only is it safe for kids to detox, but it is extremely important for our children.
Again…because we are living in a toxic world.
Many of the patients I work with are surprised to learn that detoxification is a completely natural process and, given the right opportunity, is something that your body automatically does on a regular basis.
In fact, the entire detoxification system acts like an internal cleanser for the body and according to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome, she states:
“It constantly cleans out all the toxins produced as a result of normal body metabolism, as well as toxins arriving from the outside. Its headquarters are the liver and it has departments in every cell of the body. The sophistication and complexity of this system is staggering even to the most knowledgeable biochemists and there is a lot we still don’t know about how it works so efficiently.”
Unfortunately, what we do know is that for so many of us, our systems are so overloaded due to excess toxins that our bodies are no longer able to detoxify at an optimal level.
This is especially true of our kids.
Children are particularly vulnerable because they experience a much larger toxic burden when compared to adults in the same environment due to their smaller size and immature livers and detoxification pathways.
In addition, since their brains and immune systems are going through so many changes during periods of such rapid growth and development, IF they are unable to handle this toxic overload efficiently, it leaves them susceptible to the chronic conditions we currently see inflicting our children more and more each day.
These chronic conditions include asthma, allergies, eczema, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, and a whole host of other autoimmune illnesses.
There’s no denying it.
The root cause of the increase of so many of these chronic conditions in our children is TOXICITY!
But before you purchase a ticket for your child in the seat next to you on the detox train, there are a few key points to understand in order to ensure that you are detoxifying your child safely.
How to safely detox your child
Now that we have determined that detoxing is not only safe for our kids, but oftentimes necessary, it’s time to get started!
The beauty of helping your child detox in a safe and healthy way is that there are no special pills, potions, or programs.
While these are things most adults might even want to steer clear from while going through a detox, this especially holds true for children.
The goal of detoxing children is less about aggressive detox practices, but instead more about making lifestyle modifications in order to encourage a natural, gentle detoxification in your child.
Remember, detox is a normal process of the human body. Once the detoxification pathways are opened and functioning efficiently, then this process becomes second nature without us giving any additional thought to it.
But, sometimes a little extra help is needed to get things going in our overly toxic world.
Just as our children need extra support and encouragement to help them thrive, their detoxification systems need some support too!
15 Ways to Help Your Child Detox Safely
Here are 15 of my top tips to help your child(ren) start detoxifying today! Go ahead. Make it a family affair. I dare you ;)
REAL FOOD MATTERS
POWER OF PLAY
REDUCE THE TOXIC LOAD