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Liver Detox for Children

 

Staggering statistics from research conducted in 2014 show the devastating effects of our toxic environment:

  • 1 in 2 children will be diagnosed with a chronic illness
  • 1 in 4 experience a developmental, behavioral, or social delay
  • 1 in 6 have a developmental disability such as autism or ADHD

Toxins cause inflammation, which affects both body and mind. Children, with their small body and developing immune system, are most vulnerable to both internal and external poisons: 

  • External toxins – 250 pounds a day from industrial waste, car exhaust, cigarette smoke (especially second-hand), and pesticides
  • Internal toxins – produced by vaccinations and other drugs, genetically modified foods, yeast and mold, “unfriendly” bacteria, stress, and low-grade viral infections

 

If the liver is healthy, it will clear toxins out of our body, but these days it has an overwhelming task. Signs that the liver is overloaded include:

  • light-colored stools
  • dark urine
  • enlarged liver or a swollen abdomen

Preventing Illness and Disease 

It takes about 2 years for a baby’s liver to mature enough to efficiently process toxins. If you expose newborns to vaccinations and other toxic substances that impair liver and immune function, the infant has increased risk of developing allergies, asthma, seizures, and disease. 

Breast fed babies have the best start. Although toxins have also been found in breast milk, it is still the healthier choice. Formula and processed baby foods contain dangerous herbicides and GMOs that destroy beneficial bacteria in the intestines, leading to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Lead has recently been found in baby food as well.

While we can’t escape all toxins, we can improve how the body handles them. A strong immune system is your best defense. Breastfeed your baby if possible and feed your child high quality organic foods, with plenty of pure water (avoid bottled juice). If you are breastfeeding, drinking Dandelion tea and taking vitamin C (to bowel tolerance) helps to clear both you and your baby of toxins. Clean up your indoor environment by going green and air out rooms at least once a day. 

Detoxing with Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine is completely safe for removing toxins in babies and children. The homeopathic cell salts Silicea and Calc sulph are a gentle liver detox, taken a couple of times a day in 6x potency. For infants, add to a bottle or dilute with water and introduce a small amount into the mouth with a dropper or spoon.

Cleansing with Herbs

Dandelion is probably the best supplement you can give your child to detoxify and boost healthy growth. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and (complete) protein, including calcium, iron and other important minerals, and vitamins A and C, K, E, and B1, B2 and B6. Dandelion can be taken as juice, tea, or eaten raw (leaves), and offers the following benefits:

  • boosts immunity
  • improves digestion
  • strengthens bones
  • helps with constipation
  • improves anemic conditions
  • promotes liver health
  • helps clear acne and eczema

While dandelion is generally safe for young children, if there is an allergy to ragweed, yarrow, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile or daisy, it should be avoided.  Always check with your health care practitioner before giving herbs to children.

 


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