If you are a parent, have you ever stopped to think about all the issues that face our children today? When you were a child how many kids in your classroom were considered obese? How often did you hear of autism when you were growing up? Chances what is today’s new normal are issues that were of minimal concern for you when you were growing up. In today’s world, we are so used to hearing terms, such as autism, childhood obesity and ADHD, that we really don’t even think twice when our child, or the child of friend or family member, has been diagnosed with one of these new norms. We have come to accept these illnesses and conditions as normals and our settling. When in fact, these new childhood norms are not okay. They are not acceptable.
Let’s take a look today’s new normal for our children as well as what the three pillars of radiant health can do to help us all lead a healthier lifestyle. Let’s take a look at today’s new normals in the United States:
54 percent of children are sick, overweight or at risk for developmental delays. They have asthma, allergies, ADHD, arthritis, autism, anxiety disorders, arthritis and more. These are just the conditions at the beginning of the alphabet. Imagine how long this list would be if we decided to run from A all the way down to Z.
Amongst developed countries, the United States ranks number one in infant death rate as well as in maternal mortality rate.
Again, in developed countries, the U.S, ranks second when it comes to preterm birth rate.
Did you know that one in 8 women in the United States will give birth to a premature baby?
Amongst developing countries, the United States is ranked number 5 when it comes to c-section rates.
One in three women will give birth to their baby by c-section.
These new childhood norms may seem extremely out of the norm if for us, our parents, our parents’ parents and so on. So that’s a parent to do? How can we help prevent these new childhood norms?
The Three Pillars of Radiant Health:
As we search to find answers for these new childhood norms, what are we to do whenever there is a health issue? Medical anthropologist, Syd Singer, suggest that we ask, ” What am I doing that may be causing the problem?” To find the answers to our problems, we are consulting researchers, reading up on scientific literature, examining global best practices, accessing ancestral wisdom and acknowledging anecdotal and clinical experience. When it comes to your family’s health (whether you are just starting a family or thinking about becoming pregnant), here are three pillars of radiant health to help everyone in your family achieve optimal health.
Pillar 1: Respect the Microbiome
Human health, immunity and well-being pivot on a vast microbial foundation known as the human microbiome. This human microbiome is one of the three pillars of radiant health. The human microbiome is the total complement of the microorganisms that are found in and on our skin as well as deep inside the body. These microorganisms found deep inside the body can include the mucosal linings from our nasal and oral membranes down to those in the gastrointestinal tract and beyond. Our bodies contains as many as three pounds worth of microorganisms. The microbiome is an entire ecosystem with 10,000 species of bacteria, yeasts, fungi and more.
Our microbiome is a very important part of our bodies. It houses more than two thirds of our immune system. It is responsible for producing vitamins that are very important to the functioning of our bodies, including vitamin b12 and vitamin k2. It also synthesizes chemicals that make us feel good including GABA, dopamine and serotonin. That’s not all our microbiomes do. They also inhibit colonization of pathogens by competing for attachment sites as well as essential nutrients.New research offers even more fascinating news about our microbiomes.
Research has found that there are connections between microbiome and many issues that affect our health, including:
Stress and anxiety
Pain and inflammation
Diminishing cognitive function
What’s important to take from this pillar is that you need to protect your microbiota. They are very important for a healthy body.
Pillar 2: Food is Medicine
This is one of the three pillars of radiant health. When we say that food is medicine, this extends well beyond just fueling your body to keep it running efficiently. There is an entirely separate concept that food is medicine. This means that food can heal us. By changing how we eat, we can change our lives for the better.
Food is important. By eating the wrong (and unhealthy foods), we are increasing our risk of harming our bodies and developing chronic illness.Sometimes, we may be tempted to. However, we cannot, do not and should not eat all day long. In fact, most of us our so busy that are probably not getting all that we need out of our meals. Whether you have a newborn baby or are worried about an elderly relative, we all need to eat healthy.
We want to make every bite of food we take count. This is why you might have heard that we should eat densely. By eating densley, we should be eating meals that are packed with nutrients to give us energy, repair tissues, build up tissues and help us sustain life. The group of chemical reactions in which our bodies engage to convert or use energy is what is known as metabolism. The processes of digestion, respiration, elimination and circulation are what keep us alive and enjoying life. Metabolism uses nutrients — including fats, carbs and proteins to provide our bodies with 100 percent of their energy. Vitamins and minerals are also important for metabolism to occur in the body.
A food revolution is currently in process. This food revolution is highlighting a variety of different ways to eat. New research, cutting edge ideas, conversation, support and community-based education are allowing individuals to do phenomenal things for their health.
Pillar 3: Less is More
You may or may not already know this but we are a very consumed society. We love stuff; the newer the better. Whether it’s science, medicine or technology, we always have to have the latest and the greatest. We embrace better living through improvements in technology, science and medicine, we equate these changes with progress. This is exactly why one of the three pillars of radiant health is less is more. If one is good, more is great and before we know it we want as much as we can possibly have.
In most cases, we want more of something that we never really needed in the first place. This is why we have shows like “Storage Wars” and why so many Americans are addicted to prescription medications. When addressing your children’s health, it is unbelievably important to realize that less really is more. Our bodies know what we need to be well. Our bodies have more intelligence than most of us could ever wish to acquire. Sometimes we just need to learn to say know when a medication, treatment or procedure are recommended. If one or more of the list below is true, you may just want to say no to medical intervention.
There is no medical emergency.
It’s a new form of treatment.
You don’t understand it.
It sounds too good to be true.
You don’t think you or your child needs it.
There are risk involved.
You are feeling pressured.
You are feeling nervous.
Public relations is involved.
Sometimes you need to take a stand and stand up for what you believe is right or wrong.
The toxins in allopathic medications as well as in medical treatment are just one category of toxic environmental exposure. Despite what you may hear, there is no debate. Environmental toxins are what ails us. From illness, to autism to cancer to birth defects can be caused by environmental toxins. If someone tells you the risk of worth the benefit, we ware! They are likely trying to get you to do something that you are uncomfortable with doing. Here’s what we can tell you is true:
Everyone does not have the same genetic strengths and vulnerabilities.
Everyone does not have the same degree of transgenerational toxicity.
Our world is toxic.
Everyone lives in different locations and our exposed to different toxins.Less is more.
If you have worries, pay attention. You may be on to something.
It’s your body or your child’s body; not anyone else’s.
While we are not in control of our toxic exposures, we are in control of many things.
Choosing non-toxic substitutes can make a big difference in our bodies and in the bodies of our children. We apply toxins directly in and on our bodies all day long. Our bodies come into contact with many toxins throughout the day.
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