Is Detox Necessary for Children?
Can we start a detox diet with our children? Could it help with their ability to learn and process information?
If we had been asked this question a log time ago, we would simply answer by saying that children bodies are clean and have not accumulated any toxins yet. They are not like adults who ruined their health with smoking, fast food, alcohol abuse and many other bad habits. However, today’s kids are bombarded with many chemicals in food, air, water and even in home furniture.
When toxins build up in kids’ bodies, they have many symptoms, including: memory problems, difficulty breathing, lack of concentration, and behavior problems, to name a few. Most parents unfortunately are not aware that their children’s bodies are gradually accumulating environmental toxins. So, detoxifying your children’s bodies is really the best solution to this problem. This, of course, requires some effort from parents, in order to ensure a healthy lifestyle for their children.
Basically, parents should start taking few steps to ensure their kids’ well-being and welfare. Parents should encourage their children to drink more water. This seems difficult with all of the tempting juices and sweet drinks marketed to kids these days. But parents should never give up until it becomes a habit for children to drink water much more often than any other drinks. Exercising is also important for a child's well-being. Parents should allocate at least twenty minutes a day to take their children for walks or outdoor play, so as to energize their bodies. That exercising particularly enables the body to sweat and shed toxins. Finally, parents should control the quality of food they provide for their kids. It is important that kids consume natural foods that are rich of vitamins on a daily basis.
Here is a detox soup that I usually prepare for my family:
- 1 mashed onion or garlic
- 3 mashed tomatoes
- 2 grated carrots
- 1 grated potato
- 2 grated zucchini
- Chopped parsley
- 2 spoons of rice
- 2 spoons of soybean oil or olive oil
- Pinches of salt, black pepper, red pepper, saffron and ginger
- 3 litres of water
- In a soup pot, add the grated vegetables, onion, some olive oil, parsley, salt, saffron, black and red pepper according to taste.
- Then, add water.
- Cook the vegetables for 10 minutes.
- Add some rice to the mixture.
- Leave the soup on medium-high heat for another 10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy a detoxifying healthy family meal!
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