We are what we ate.
When I was a kid, I could eat anything and still feel great. My chosen snacks, meals, drinks and desserts did not give me indigestion or acid reflux, they didn’t put me in a bad mood, and they surely didn’t slow me down. Obviously, what I was eating was alright. Or was it?
Our overall health today, as adults, has less to do with what we’ve ingested just a few minutes ago, and more to do with the cumulative effect of our diet over many years. Most chronic conditions and disease stem from years of mistreating our bodies, beginning in childhood.
As a kid, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security because our body is clean inside and therefore strong enough to defend against the “bad stuff” to which it is exposed. Then, after years of being sucker-punched by the sugar, the additives and preservatives and other unhealthy junk, the body becomes less able to defend itself, and these health offenders begin to slip through the body’s natural filters into the bloodstream, slowly but surely wearing us down.
So one day in adulthood we wake up with symptoms like muscle aches, migraines, high blood pressure or 20 or so extra pounds on our frame and we wonder when the heck this could have happened. It happened slowly. So slowly that you didn’t even see it coming. That’s why it is SO important to start our kids out on the right path towards optimum health at a very early age. Not only will you get them on track to ultimately avoid what have become “expected” conditions of aging, but good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle early on will also help them focus better, retain information more readily, sleep well, maintain stable moods, promote healthy growth and hormone levels and provide a strong defense against allergies, colds and flu.
Now that school has started again, parents may feel that they have less control over what their kids are eating. Some parents may not even know what their kids need to be truly healthy. There is, after all, a ton of misinformation out there that can lead even the most informed families to make poor nutritional decisions. Unfortunately, you can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to companies marketing their products. If in doubt, do your research. Anything worthwhile takes effort, and building your kids’ health from the ground up does take a lot of effort, but I can’t think of anything that is more worthwhile!
For more information on leading your children down the path of lifelong health, contact Sue@HealthybyNatureHWC.com to set up a free nutritional consultation.
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