By Dr. Idelle Brand
Contaminants are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, air, and inside our homes. Unless you live in the wilderness, it's difficult to avoid them.
As we continue to bring modern technology and pollutants into our home, we continue to expose our children to invisible toxins affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Children who have high sensitivities and enriched sensory abilities are often acutely affected by things like light, noise, household chemicals, toxins in food, and even electromagnetic frequencies. Their developing brains and bodies may react to a less-than-ideal home environment with stomach upset, insomnia, breathing difficulties, mood changes, learning difficulties, and other symptoms.
For parents of sensitive children, here are seven simple techniques you can employ right now to help your child be safer and healthier in the comfort of their own home.
1. Remove all electronics from the bedroom. A good night's sleep is important to a young growing child. Television, digital clock radios, computers, and cell phones each put out a continual dose of EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies), which disrupt the natural electrical pathways that are so sensitive in young children.
2. Stop using the microwave. Microwave ovens are radiation ovens. The microwave distorts the molecular structure of the food, which affects our children's vulnerable immune system. It also destroys vital nutrients. It's best to cook children's food the old-fashioned way--on the stove top or in the oven.
3. Invest in a flat-screen monitor for the computer. The old box-shaped cathode ray tube computer monitors have high levels of radiation. This is not healthy for anyone in the home, but can be especially harmful to a young person whose brain and body are still growing.
4. Put EMF protectors on all electronics. This would also include cell phones and cordless phones. You can purchase these online. They can be pricy--but it's a great investment in your child's and family's health.
5. Filter your water. Municipal water is usually laden with chemicals to make the water potable. If these chemicals are killing microbes in the water, just imagine what they're doing to your sensitive children. Quality water is pure with no additives. Purchase the best filter system you can afford.
6. Invest in an air purifier. Indoor air pollution may be worse than outdoor air pollution. Air-borne toxins such as mold spores, dust, cigarette smoke, pet dander, and hydrocarbon toxins with remnants of chemtrails (from outside) can affect a sensitive child's ability to breathe.
7. Connect with nature daily. Earthing or grounding ourselves to Mother Earth for 20 minutes a day will help a child release sensory overload. Taking a walk, playing outdoors with a pet, or playing an outdoor game every day will help your child develop a healthier mind, body, and spirit.
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Dr. Idelle Brand is a holistic dentist, integrative healer, and teacher of diverse complementary healing modalities. She is coauthor, with her daughter, Diandra Brand, of the new book, Enlightened Indigo Child: A Personal Guide to Flourishing with a Sixth Sense (2014, $17.95).