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Your Child’s Health Is In Your Hands!

“Tomorrow’s world is already taking shape in the body and spirit of our children.”
– Kofi Annan

This quote from the seventh United Nations Secretary General (from January 1997 to December 2006) and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan, reminds us of the critical importance of attending to the needs of children, not only for their own sakes in the here and now (as “beings”), but also as the “becomings” of the future.

While children’s health and development is dependent on a myriad of factors that we mention below, their eating behaviours are fundamental to their health. If we as parents, want to ensure that we have not only healthy kids but smart kids as well, we must pay attention to what is affecting them.

Did you know that the development and long-term health of children, physically, mentally and emotionally, is linked to their nutritional habits from their early life onward?

Parents obviously have a high degree of control over the environments and experiences of their children, partly because children model themselves on their parents’ eating behaviours, lifestyles, eating-related attitudes and habits, and their happiness or dissatisfactions regarding body image. Eating behaviours are thus likely to be established early in life and may be maintained into adulthood with little thought given to their long-term effects.

So what can parents do to ensure their child gets the best start in life?

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The ADD – ADHD Disaster Today: How Nutrition Helps!

A few years ago a mother brought her 5-year-old, supposedly ADHD son to see me during their holidays interstate. Without his usual Ritalin, which was required for him to attend school, he was often impossible to manage, yet his mother knew that inside was a gentle little boy who occasionally appeared.

He roared through the front door, knocked over a lamp and proceeded to terrorize my home until we took him out on the balcony. Even the most casual observer would agree that this little boy was acting as if something was irritating him, and that his behaviour was more than just naughty. He was behaving as though someone was constantly sticking him with thumb tacks, or as if he was actually wearing the proverbial ‘hair shirt’.

Concerned at the side affects of the Ritalin, a friend had suggested she pay me a visit, to see if any light could be shed on his erratic behaviour. Her friend had had personal experience with our savvy strategies on her own children health. The disastrous effects of what seem like insurmountable issues, syndromes and the like, can be as simple as dealing with three simple steps that any family cam take. 1-2-3. After all, as we say ‘Wellness, It’s Not That Hard!‘.

So what are the magical steps that can make such a difference? Read More

What’s Killing Our Children?

In June 2006, there were 4 million children aged under 15 years in Australia, representing one-fifth (19%) of the total population (ABS 2006a). In 2004-05, 41% of children aged under 15 years had a long-term health condition compared with 44% in 2001 (ABS 2006 & ABS 2002). That’s a 3% decrease in just three years – things are on the improve. Or are they?

In fact issues like SIDS reduced dramatically, but others were still on the increase. The Health & Welfare Institute and other organisations looked at the following emerging health concerns in Australian children:

  • Asthma – more on asthma here
  • Type 1 diabetes – more on type 2 diabetes here
  • Cancer – more on children’s cancer here
  • Congenital heart defects – more on heart health here
  • Digestive disturbances in children – more on that here
  • And many others including, mental health issues, disability, and so on. This list is really endless.

So lets look into what this means. As a parent myself, I have seen a struggling health system failing us in providing adequate health improvement for our children, and knowing what I knew that could make a difference, I determined to do what I could about it. But what are parents actually dealing with today? Read More

A Nutrient Top-Up For Kids

Most children, given a choice about what we put on their plates, wouldn’t choose broccoli and cauliflower over cupcakes and candy. The foods we eat and what we feed our children will determine their (and our) disease patterns in the future.

Though we try to feed them all the right things, children can be picky eaters. An Australian study observing the dietary guidelines for children and adolescents, found that basic nutrient levels were way down. This leads quickly to lowered immunity and disease. The study found:

  • 39 percent of 4 to 8 year-olds don’t eat enough fruit
  • 99 percent  of 14 to 16 year-olds don’t eat enough fruit
  • 78 percent  of 4 to 8 yea olds don’t eat enough vegetables
  • 95 percent of 14 to 16 year-olds don’t eat enough vegetables
  • micronutrients such as calcium, sodium and magnesium are a problem with 14 to 16 year-olds particularly at risk.

It makes sense, then, to add a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement to their routine because children need specific nutrients to thrive and grow. Balanced nutrition is not only important to a child’s physical development, it affects their intellectual, behavioural, emotional and psychological developmentRead More