It’s going to take a nation of moms, dads and other
caring individuals – people just like you –– to raise their
hands and lend their voices so every kid can be healthy
and ready to learn.
The overall message that children are getting is that everybody’s stressed out; their parents are stressed out. And this is normal. The next message they get is how we handle it: anger, alcohol and drugs. It is our responsibility to expose our children to alternative healthy coping skills.
Surveys show that stress is the main reason for drug and alcohol abuse. If children learn to manage stress, they are better off later on, as teens, adults. Children who practice relaxation techniques also score higher on tests.
SELF-ESTEEM IN KIDS
Healthy self-esteem is like a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Kids who know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life.
Those who think poorly of themselves have a hard time finding solutions to problems. If given to self-critical thoughts such as "I'm no good" or "I can't do anything right," they may become passive, withdrawn, or depressed. Faced with a new challenge, their immediate response might be "I can't."
Gluten is now recognized as the cause of many common health problems in some children, including gastrointestinal complications such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation; and behavioural issues such as irritability and fatigue.
One of the most challenging allergies for kids and their parents to endure is wheat allergy and gluten intolerance. You will find it in foods like bread, pizza, pasta, cereals, crackers, cookies, and grains such as couscous, bulgur, bran, and spelt. Gluten is in many less obvious places too, like soy sauce, candy, lunch meat, marinades, vitamins, and lip balm.
REAL MILK 4 KIDS
An international team of researchers recently confirmed that children who drink fresh milk — unprocessed and unpasteurized — have a better immune response to allergens and are far less likely to develop asthma. Ninety-seven percent of US milk is heated and processed to the point that all probiotics are destroyed, while some pathogens remain.
Most US cows are fed a daily regimen of pharmaceuticals, a practice linked directly to antibiotic resistance in humans. In addition to being drug-laden, most US milk has also been adulterated with genetically modified bovine growth hormone (rBST or rBGH).
ANTIOXIDANTS 4 KIDS
The vast majority of free radicals that exist in your body at any given moment can be traced back to one of the following sources:
Environmental toxins, such as industrial pollutants, household chemicals, and cigarette smoke
Physical stressors, such as unhealthy oils, food preservatives, and the wide variety of chemicals that are found in almost all highly refined foods
Avoid hydrogenated oils, fried foods in restaurants, and highly refined foods - all of these foods are typically rich in free radicals.
Avoid charcoal-grilled meats and animal products that have been cooked at high temperatures - these foods are also abundant in free radicals.
The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs. If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The challenge is that although GMOs are an excluded method under the National Organic Program, organic certification does not require GMO testing.
GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.