I first met Kelly at my daughter’s school and I was blown away by the work she was doing to help children diagnosed with ADHD, SPD, Dyspraxia and Autism. She specializes in finding nutritional solutions to common ailments. Her work is making groundbreaking practical application of under utilized research in a field growing faster than any of us can imagine due to environmental toxins and GMO’s. With Autism on the rise, we are all looking for organic ways to live a healthier life and help our children live a nutritious life.
What’s Eating Your Child? is a must read for every parent. Kelly believes “nutrition is the key to many underlying issues in child development and behavior.” After trying her organic approach I can tell you the health of my children has improved greatly.
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Five Easy Tips to Reduce Toxins in Kids
By Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND
Nutrition Detective and author of What’s Eating Your Child? (Workman 2011) www.whatseatingyourchild.com
1. Buy organic when you can.
This tip is so obvious you almost want to respond, “duh”. Why would you consume more pesticides than absolutely necessary? They are toxic to people and the environment. A recent study found that when pregnant women were exposed, their babies had lower IQs. Other studies find they can affect attention and development. How do you know how much is too much and which one does what? You don’t. Best to minimize them all.
2. Stop buying individual drinks in plastic containers.
Many plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical that mimic’s the body’s own hormones, has been linked to a number of health problems. While the experts debate the level of risk, studies suggesting potential neurological effects and problems with infant brain development are enough to make any parent pass on the plastic. Besides, the American Pediatric Association recommends kids consume no more than 4 oz. of juice per day, which eliminates the need for an 8, 10 or 12 oz. juice bottle.
3. Add more vegetables and fruits to the diet.
Plant based foods contain substances called phytonutrients, non-essential nutrients that have positive effects on the body. They can help your body clean up toxins, reduce cancer risk, reduce inflammation and even improve learning. Celery, for example is thought to contain a substance that may help the liver detoxify. The blue in blueberries has been found to improve brain function. The whole broccoli family has compounds that reduce cancer risk. Studies find a vast majority of kids in this country do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
4. Don’t buy food that glows in the dark.
Artificial colors are derived from petroleum and are an easily avoidable source of dietary toxins. Though they do not cause obvious reactions in most children, studies commissioned by the European Union concluded that artificial colors affect the behavior of some children. And they are not good for any children. Best to skip the artificial flavor, too while you are at it.
5. Take off your shoes when you come in the house.
Technically, this is not a dietary suggestion but is easy and reduces pesticide exposure for everyone in the household. Whatever pesticide is on your lawn (or your neighbor’s or park’s) will also build up in your carpet when it is dragged in on the bottom of shoes. This little trick also reduces floor cleaning time.