If you are a parent, you know how happy children are for joy and happiness for the whole family! Children are naturally bright and radiant with health and just want to evolve in a healthy and encouraging environment to grow well and be happy!
Unfortunately, the way of life offered to children at the moment is far from ideal. Most of them eat only refined pasta and sweets and spend all their free time watching TV. It is not so difficult to adopt some good habits to ensure the well-being of his child!
Here are my 10 (most important) tips that will help boost your child’s immunity and bring him everything he needs to develop his health potential.
1 – Let your child play in the mud … barefoot!
We live in a society obsessed with bacteria. Children are at an early age attacked with antibacterial gel, excessive soaping and inadvertent disinfection.
It may sound crazy to let your child play with soil and water, but it is a very good habit for his health! Besides, just observe a child making a “soup” in the garden with mud and some old cooking utensils to see that this kind of activity is quite instinctive and natural at home.
Mud contains particles that boost the body’s serotonin levels – the hormone of happiness and good sleep! Contact with the earth also boosts the production of iron and zinc.
By playing with the earth, the child is put in contact with a whole panoply of bacteria and certainly not dangerous pathogens which make it possible to reinforce his immune system in a very efficient and natural way. Recent studies have shown that children playing regularly with soil are much less likely to develop allergies and asthma than others.
So let your child play with the land and give it to their heart’s content … barefoot! Indeed the contact of the soles of the feet with the earth allows to reduce the positive charge that our body accumulates during the day via the constant contact with the electromagnetic waves. The Earth being negatively charged brings negative electrons to the body of the child thus making it possible to rebalance it and improve its sleep.
2 – Put salt in your child’s bath!
Most people – adults and children – are deficient in magnesium. This is largely due to the intense demineralization of soils in which we grow our vegetables. Even organic products suffer from a massive reduction in their mineral content and this I definitely fear. Thank you Monsanto.
Magnesium is essential to the general well-being of the child. A very easy way to make sure your child does not miss magnesium is to add Epsom salt to the bath with a good cup to put under the hot water spray.
To promote the soothing and relaxing effects of magnesium before bedtime, you can add 5 drops of real lavender essential oil to your cup of salt. Pouring your drops of oil into the salt directly will prevent the pure oil from floating on the surface of the water as it may come into direct contact with the skin of the little ones.
In children with allergies, eczema or asthma, you can go one step further by applying a homemade magnesium oil after bathing.
3 – Let your child play in the sun.
Another phobia of our society is the sun. We “protect” our children from one of the most important sources of vitamins and energy!
The sun cream prevents the body from producing vitamin D. It contains highly toxic products that can be much more problematic than a sun exposure. Prevention campaigns regarding sun exposure have never been more prevalent and yet skin cancer cases are dramatically increasing. Every year, melanoma rates rise by 4.2% despite the fact that we spread our children and ourselves with sunscreens and avoid going out between 11am and 4pm in very sunny weather.
How is the child supposed to produce vitamin D if it is covered with cream whose purpose is precisely to block the sun? I find it very odd to prefer giving her child a synthetic vitamin D in the form of drops – by the way potentially dangerous – rather than letting it play in the sunlight naturally.
Even a sunscreen with a low SPF index prevents the natural production of vitamin D through the skin and at the same time exposes the child to many very fearful chemical compounds. Vitamin D is extremely essential for the well-being of toddlers. It supports immune function, hormonal development and growth of muscles and bone tissue.
As long as the child has a suitable diet containing no inflammatory products (refined sugars, industrial meals, hydrogenated oils etc.), do not hesitate to expose it to the sunlight a little bit each day, which will do him the greatest good!
If the child is exposed to the sun for long periods of time or during particularly hot hours, you can apply a natural sunscreen made with coconut oil to your skin, which will not only contain no dirt but will not will not prevent the absorption of vitamin D.
4 – Forget the night light.
At night, it’s dark. Nature has planned things well and we do not need any light while we sleep. Artificial light at night completely disrupts the production of melatonin and interrupts cycles of natural sleep.
The time of sleep is primordial and unfortunately, rare are the children who sleep sufficiently well and for long enough! It is during sleep that tissues repair themselves, the body regenerates, the emotions of the day are “digested”, and cells grow and grow!
Small children should go to bed early (between 18h and 19h30 maximum!) And sleep all night. Lack of sleep is catastrophic for children (and parents). An interrupted night’s sleep gives a healthy person the insulin levels of a pre-diabetic in the morning. Lack of sleep interferes with the functioning of the pituitary gland and disrupts the entire endocrine system which can be very problematic for a growing child.
It is very difficult to “un-habit” a child from his night light, especially if he is afraid of the dark!
Make sure the light in the room is orange and not blue. Salt lamps are ideal because they diffuse a very soft orange light, send negative ions and clean the air of the room.
Gradually, move the lamp to the entrance of the room, then the corridor etc. until the child’s room is almost dark. Leave a lit salt lamp in the bathroom all night for the pee breaks of the little ones.
5 – Let them eat fat, fat and more fat.
These past decades have seen the fashion of “low fat”. It was believed that the lower a product was, the healthier it was. Serious mistake! Lipids are essential for the proper development of cells, especially in children.
Today, we agree to recommit fat to children’s diets but limit it to “unsaturated” fat only – without really knowing what it means for most people. We differentiate the “good” fats (vegetable oils, avocados, etc.) from the “bad” fats (butter, coconut oil, etc.) that are “saturated”. The real enemies are the TRANS fats contained in margarine for example. For example, children should consume coconut oil (in smoothies, on a sandwich, in cooking etc.) every day in order to nourish their hormonal system and the development of their brains.
Serve your child fat-rich foods in the morning at breakfast with for example a toast of sprouted bread with a crushed avocado, a little olive oil and pink salt, a real treat! A breakfast rich in fat will allow the child to hold up well until noon without being flagged at recess time.
6 – Heal their intestinal flora.
Everything starts in the gut. A healthy microbiota guarantees good immunity and general well-being in children. There are many ways to redo the intestinal flora of your child. There are many good quality probiotics on the market that you can give to your child if you feel he needs it quickly, for example after a gastro or antibiotic. The ideal is the multi-daily consumption of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombutcha, tempeh, nato, miso etc.
The intestinal flora should be taken into account from conception (even before!) To ensure its good condition. Here are my tips for ensuring a microbiota top for your baby in 5 steps. If you have not been able to follow these tips during pregnancy and baby’s first months, do not panic! It’s never too late to “re-populate” the microbiota of your child and turn once for all the bad bacteria in your gut. Add fermented foods to your diet bit by bit and watch for their reactions. There may be diarrhea, tiredness or headache at first. This is called the “die-off”, the moment when the bad bacteria die to give way to the good ones. Gradually increase the doses, ideally a child should consume probiotic foods with each meal!
Always ensure that your child’s transit is optimal to avoid intestinal putrefactions that strongly attack the microbiota. Constipation is catastrophic and should never persist for more than a few days! Sometimes it is necessary to help the body to revive the transit energy with some anti-constipation tricks before finding the balance thanks to the probiotic ferments.
7 – Teach them to express their emotions!
Adults today are suffering from terrifying emotional constipation – and constipation, moreover, it is undoubtedly linked – and are utterly unable to express needs, desires, and disagreements in a peaceful and assertive way. Just look at the interactions in the world of work or in couples to see that most people have not been encouraged to express their emotions in a healthy way in childhood.
What relationship with health will you say to me? To be in good health, one must consider the human being in a holistic way, that is to say by taking into account all that he is – body, soul and spirit in order to treat him, or rather of the accompany to his self-healing. When we go to the doctor, he asks us where we are hurting and gives us a stamp that will hide the symptom described – it takes on average 15 minutes and the next! The care is completely different in naturopathy where one wonders on all the plans of the being.
Badly managed emotions, not expressed, not digested etc. are lodged for sure in the body and trigger more or less long-term reactions, this is called somatization. Children are naturally inclined to express their emotions, quite inappropriately and politically incorrectly. They cry out their anger, weep bitterly, laugh out loud and do not care about the judgment of others – until we, their dear parents, teachers and nannies teach them that the other’s eyes are more important. than to make “go out” their feelings.
Positive emotions are rarely ignored in children because we all enjoy watching our little burst of joy and laugh. Negative emotions are however almost forbidden by adults who do not support them! Weapons are different to stop the child absolutely from authority and blackmail “stop your crisis or we get home right away!” To the mental manipulation and guilt “oh do not cry, it makes me so sad to see you so … ” In any case, the child is forbidden to express himself by passing on the following unconscious message: it is not good to show what you feel, you will be less loved if you do.
The emotion thus repressed is lodged in the body. Anger in the liver, sadness in the lungs, joy in the heart and fear in the kidneys. All this disturbs the whole system of the child, its hormonal balance, its digestion, its sleep and especially its relationship of trust with the adult caring for him.
Anger, sadness, fear, joy are healthy and normal, we are human! Teach your child to recognize his emotions, to name them and to find a healthy way to express them.
8 – Go green!
Children are exposed daily to dozens of chemicals toxic products ranging from the household products we use in their place of life to the hygiene products we choose for them. It is very easy to replace your household products with healthy, ecological and economical homemade alternatives! Start by replacing your muti-function bleach spray with this DIY lemon spray that is so easy to make and so effective!
Go around your bathroom and read the labels of products you use to clean your child: shampoo, soft gel, bubble bath, body cream, toothpaste, detangling spray, toothpaste etc. should be 100% natural as they are absorbed through the pores of the skin and return without any difficulty into the bloodstream!
Take things in hand step by step, starting with the most important: the toothpaste. Here are my tips for choosing your child’s toothpaste – without fluoride – and for making your own at home.
9 – Play perched cat, football, trampoline, ice wolf … move!
If there is an easy rule to apply, this is it! Children are naturally wanting to exercise in the form of games, especially with mom and dad.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden, arrange all sorts of things to climb, build a treehouse, put a swing, hang ropes on trees. Children naturally find out what kind of exercise their body needs to develop strength and muscles.
Let them “fight” between brothers and sisters (with love and laughter of course!), Just look at the babies of other mammals to see that this is a learning and an outlet very beneficial!
Enjoy the weekend to do a lot of baseball with the family (even with the little ones!), Install a traditional digestive walk around the block, put music and dance!
Show your child that moving his body is fun and that you are doing it with pleasure, and I guarantee you that he will follow your example.
10 – Make them laugh before sleeping.
You have probably always heard that the couch should be preceded by a quiet time, often with reading small books with a soft voice. I myself followed this advice for years until I read Anna Wahlgren’s book Au dodo les petits. The author proposes a cure as a sleep solution for small babies (and children!) Waking up at night to the despair of their exhausted parents. She offers several tools to give the child a sense of security and mentally associate the bed with a sense of pleasure and joy.
She advises a “laugh” time every night for at least 15 minutes immediately before bedtime. All means are good to make laughing out loud are baby or child, just find what he finds the funniest and stick to it!
At home, we have spent the time reading between the bath and the fun. For baby, a good “cuckoo-hidden” and some tickling are very good. For the girls, it’s a pig hanging up to their bed and then lying down, a little hilarious show on my part consisting of arguing with my right bootie and banging against the wall by “trying” to get out of the room we call it “crazy slipper”.
At first, I found the idea of having to laugh my children at 7 pm – when my energy levels are close to zero – impossible to achieve in everyday life. And let me see that this moment has become a real pleasure that boosts me for the rest of the evening!