There are many varieties of milk available and choosing the healthiest type of milk to suit your child can be confusing. Whether you're looking beyond cows milk for health reasons or you would like to experiment with plant based alternatives available, you may well wonder which is the best type of milk to feed your child. Most kids when past weaning should avoid milk altogether because all their nutritional requirements is provided by the food they eat. In the initial stages of changing from one type of milk to another, slowing start dilating the regular milk...

To help you better understand your child’s gut (aka digestive system), the first illustration shows the position of the two main players; the small and large intestine.  The structural lining of your child’s gut wall (small and large intestine) is made up of small segments that join snugly together to form ‘tight junctions’ just like a jigsaw.   Imagine a jigsaw and that is exactly how the gut lining is designed.  In a healthy gut all the pieces fit tightly together making it a perfectly solid, leak-proof structure - the picture of good health. A leak-proof gut wall. The reason for the cosy fit between the...

Many parents can find it challenging to get their kids to take medicine in a powdered form. If you start out with a bad experience it can go quickly go downhill with future attempts to take their daily dose. As a clinical naturopath, I have successfully used the following tips to help my younger clients take their medicine when it's in a powdered form. 8 tips to take powdered medicine ✅ Mix powders into smoothies/milk shakes. ✅ Mix powdered medication with a little water and use a pipette to dispense down infant’s throat. ✅ Take with soda water or natural mineral...

Long term constipation can be a common problem with children and often occurs when they ignore the urge to visit the toilet. This may happen because they are either busy at play, don’t like ‘to go’ at school or away from home or associate number twos with previous painful experiences. When your child isn’t regular their stool becomes hard, dry and painful to pass and can cause anal fissures where the skin cracks or breaks as well as haemorrhoids. This creates a fearful situation where your child holds on for as long as possible making the next bowel movement another terrifying experience. If you...

The skin is the body’s largest vital organ and accounts for approximately 15% of total body weight. If your child suffers from a skin condition such as eczema, rashes, pimples, dermatitis or acne, these are all typical signs of something else going on in their body. You may not realise there is a direct link between the health of your child’s gut and their skin and this is called the Gut-Skin Axis. If the gut is inflamed, leaky and not functioning at its best, this can negatively undermine the health of your child’s skin. Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes are often immune...

With all the news surrounding the Coronavirus, good old fashioned hand washing is a must but not always possible, especially with kids. Hand sanitisers are an excellent substitute in this unique situation. If you are unable to get your hands on a bottle because it's sold-out, try this recipe to make at home. Alcohol kills bacteria and viruses when applied to the skin and tea tree also has strong antimicrobial properties. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (70 to 99% isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol1/3 cup aloe vera gel10 drops lavender essential oil (or oil of choice)10 drops tea tree essential oil METHOD Add all ingredients...

Strawberries top the "Dirty Dozen" list yet again according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This list is published each year to rank popular fruit and vegetables based on their pesticide contamination. They found that conventional, non organic strawberries were found to have an astounding 22 pesticide residues. EWG emphasises studies show that pesticides in high concentration can lead to health problems, especially in young children. Roundup, created by the chemical giant Monsanto is the most widely used weed killer. It's sprayed on everything from tiny flower beds, school grounds, parks, gardens to vast fields of crops. Roundup is...

Fermented veggies such as these delicious slightly sweet carrots sticks contain all the goodness friendly bacteria has to offer. These yummy carrots are easy to make and perfect to serve on their own or as a snack paired with hummus, guacamole or other yummy dip. Fermented food supports healthy children's immune system and brain function The benefits of consuming fermented food to health stretch beyond food preservation. The transformation of sugars and starches enhances the natural, beneficial bacteria in food. These. bacteria, called probiotics or friendly bacteria help to boost your child's overall wellbeing including their gut health, immune system...

Try these healthy, easy to make delicious cookies that kids will love. A good quality peanut butter is a wonderful addition to your child's diet because it's nutritious and full of healthy fats to satisfy hungry tummies. While the oats and banana are a powerhouse of nutrients and fibre, they are high in B vitamins required for energy levels and happy moods and an excellent source of vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant for the immune system.. INGREDIENTS 1 banana, mashed 3/4 cup rolled oats 3 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon good quality honey METHOD Preheat oven to 180oC...

Comfort food doesn’t get any better than this, a bowl of nourishing chicken soup. Also known as ‘Jewish’ penicillin, this hearty soup will boost the immune system and is the perfect remedy if your child is suffering from a cold or struggling with recurring infections. Ingredients 2 cups good quality chicken stock or bone broth1/2 cup cooked brown or basmati rice1 egg, beaten1/2 cup frozen peas or corn3 garlic cloves, shredded1 cup cooked chicken, shreddedSea salt and pepper to taste Method Add the chicken stock and rice to a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil stirring frequently until rice is cooked.Reduce the heat to simmer...

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