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Health is wealth–so the old adage goes. Did you know that protecting your child’s liver can help with their overall health and emotional well-being?
If I had known now the significance of the LIVE-r years ago, I would have made better and healthier choices for my children. Thankfully, over the past half decade I have learned valuable information to protect my children’s growing bodies and to help prevent disease. Liver health is health.
The liver, with it’s companion the gallbladder, are an emotional storehouse for anger, bitterness, and guile. The liver processes all of our food and pulls out the harmful and toxic substances from the food before dispersing it to the other organs. Not only is it holding onto physical toxins, but emotional toxins, as well.
As I’ve raised my children and given them the medicines the doctors prescribed “like a good mom,” I’ve noticed several things: 1. many of those medications were later taken off the market for their hazards to health, and 2. doctors don’t have natural remedies for disease or preventative measures aside from exercise; they give out medications to manage disease. Even the seemingly innocent medications that we grew up with such as Tylenol are not being given out as much because of their potential to harm the liver. The website itself states: “TYLENOL® is safe when used as directed, but taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage.” But no one really knows how much is too much until it’s too late.
Every year, over 700 chemicals are created by the chemical industries to make money. No one knows the full extent of the impact on our bodies, but our livers know. Carcinogen, or cancer causing chemicals, are found everywhere, including gasoline and exhaust fumes (you smell it or are around it; you absorb it), asbestos, tobacco smoke (even second-hand), pesticides (did you know if you aren’t eating organic foods, then you are eating pesticides, including your bag of seemingly harmless white unbleached flour?), electronics, and more.
Scientists are finding that newborn babies are coming directly from their mother’s womb with over 200 different chemicals in the umbilical cords. Mother’s milk, while it includes vital nutrients for our infant’s brains, also contains chemicals, too. Here’s the scary thing: these are common chemicals found in shampoos, canned tuna fish, flame retardants (what do they use on baby’s sleepers?), pesticides (did you know if you aren’t eating organic foods, then you are eating pesticides?), fast food (many contain polychlorinated napthalenes or PCN’s which directly cause liver and kidney damage), PFC’s in teflon, scotchgard and other fabric coatings, PBDE’s found in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Mom, when was the last time you cleansed your liver? Did you know cleansing is safe with certain herbs, essential oils, and fresh juices, even when pregnant and nursing? Your liver’s main function is to cleanse the body; supporting the liver in it’s job is healthy and not to be feared.
According to the LA Times:
“Virtually everything we buy, breathe, drink and eat contains traces of toxic substances…Every day, about half a dozen chemicals are added to the estimated 83,000 already in commerce. In the United States alone, about 42 billion pounds of chemicals are produced or imported daily.”
How do you know if your child needs liver cleansing?
Does your child have symptoms or diagnosed ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, OCD, ODD, or anything else along these lines?
Does your child have food allergies?
Does your child have stomach aches, gas, diarrhea or constipation?
Does your child have an autoimmune disease?
Does your child get headaches?
How is your child’s skin? Does he or she have eczema, rashes, or acne?
Does your child have asthma?
Is your child’s immune system strong? Does he/she get sick more than a couple times a year?
What are some things you can do to keep your child’s liver healthy?
Warm lemon water in the morning
Warm lemon water is a gentle liver detox that should be done daily. It gets the bile moving in the liver and encourages the liver to flush.
Essential oils and Herbs
Start transitioning away from prescription and over the counter medications. Use CPTG essential oils and organic herbs to treat the body of symptoms instead of drugs filled with harmful chemicals. Throughout this website we share ideas on treating your family naturally. For reducing fevers, we use an herbal fever reducer. While living in Europe, I use an herbal suppository for my littlest ones to reduce fevers.
Drink Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea, Burdock Tea, and Fennel Tea are all healthy teas for the liver and safe for kids to drink. Add stevia or raw honey for sweetener. Dandelion tastes really good with a splash of almond milk.
Be cautious about what toys you buy
Many toys, especially cheaply made or plastic toys, are filled with toxic chemicals. Look for organic toys made of wood and toys where the paint is lead free. Check to be sure your toys aren’t growing mold within, such as tub toys, baby dolls, or soft vinyl chew-toys. The best toys for the brain aren’t plastic anyway.
Say No to Processed Foods
Aside from the food additives and carcinogenic chemical compounds found in these foods, many aren’t even foods anymore. They are food-like substances. Anything processed you find on a shelf is now genetically modified. There is no nutritional value, and the trick on us is the price: you get very little for the money you pay, except with ramen, which still has all the above, but it’s cheap food (in all senses of the word). How can our bodies run on fuel that is clogging it up? It doesn’t run well, and the effects make themselves known quickly.
Use Natural Cleaners
In the A BENCHMARK INVESTIGATION OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS, POLLUTANTS AND PESTICIDES IN UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD, Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005 featured on ewg.org they shared the following reasons to stay away from chemicals when possible:
“Children’s vulnerability derives from both rapid development and incomplete defense systems:
- A developing child’s chemical exposures are greater pound-for-pound than those of adults.
- An immature, porous blood-brain barrier allows greater chemical exposures to the developing brain.
- Children have lower levels of some chemical-binding proteins, allowing more of a chemical to reach ‘target organs.’
- A baby’s organs and systems are rapidly developing, and thus are often more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposure.
- Systems that detoxify and excrete industrial chemicals are not fully developed.
- The longer future life span of a child compared to an adult allows more time for adverse effects to arise.”
Anything you can buy at a store you can make at home. Many are simple. See recipes here on the Homemaking Cottage. Try to use unscented products if making your own anything doesn’t appeal to you or seems daunting.
Most processed foods contain GMO’s (Genetically modified organisms). They do this to be able to douse the growing crops with massive amounts of pesticides and not kill the crops. Not only is the genetically modified food source sharing DNA with any number of odd combinations we shouldn’t be consuming in our food sources, such as human DNA, soil bacteria, growth hormone, fish genes, or e coli, but it is also layered with unseen pesticides.
Freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices have magnificent cleansing properties. Liver-loving juices include beets, ginger, parsley, and/or citrus fruits. Find combinations that you and your children love. Be sure to try my Beet and Blueberry liver detox drink with lime essential oil.
Avoid Plastics and Teflon
Plastics contain endocrine disrupters that imbalance hormones, even for babies. In your kitchen, try to switch to glass containers such as mason jars to store food, and stainless steel pots and pans to cook your food with. Even the American Cancer Society has this to say about Teflon: “The major health effect linked with Teflon is the potential release of dangerous fumes from coated pans that are overheated. These fumes can cause flu-like symptoms in humans (a condition known as polymer fume fever) and can be fatal to birds.”
Skin is an organ
Put nothing on the skin that you wouldn’t eat. It is absorbed directly into the blood stream and adds to the store of toxic chemicals in your liver.
And finally, try out this detox bath for kids–see Kula Mam’s recipe: http://kulamama.com/detox-bath-for-kids/