From the moment a child arrives in our lives, we worry about whether they are thriving on the food we provide for them. Today, we must consider not only the nutritional value of foods, but also their source, the processing methods and the presence of pesticides, dyes and other chemical additives. And because many children do not eat a wide variety of foods, they may be more highly exposed to the chemicals found in the few foods they do eat. A child’s body is particularly vulnerable because of its small size, rapid growth and still-developing immune, detoxification and elimination systems.
Children undergoing certain therapies may also have an increased risk of infection due to suppressed immune system function. Nutrient-dense, organically grown whole foods and pure water support the immune system and provide much-needed energy.
The guidelines in this section are designed to help you create meals for your child (and for your whole family) that will promote healing and good health in general.
References and Resources
Ultra-processed food consumption and exposure to phthalates and bisphenols in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013-2014. Buckley, J., Kim, H., et al, Environmental International, 2019, Volume 131, 105057
GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health. Landrigan, P., Benbrook, C. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2015; 373: 693-695
Pesticide exposure in children. Roberts, J., Karr, C., Pediatrics, 2012 130(6),165-1788