What daily foods and supplements does this mama homeopath give to her children? Many people ask.
As a homeopath and a traditionalist I try to not give my children anything but healthy ancestral foods as preventative and therapeutic medicine. Yup, that’s right unless we’re sick I don’t even use homeopathy, except for the occasional cell salts for specific tissue repair and homeoprophylaxis. But when we do get sick our primary line of defense is not only homeopathy but whatever we can find in our kitchen or add to it. However, there are some regulars that I make sure my children have every day to build their bodies (and souls!) and that are in line with our ancestral diets which have proven to be the most healthful. Here’s their daily regimen:
[Please note my children are 9 and 7 years old but the suggestions here can be used for children starting at age one unless there are particular allergies or religious or cultural restrictions. Also, we are not vegan or vegetarian but rather follow traditional diets from our own ancestral lineages and according to Dr. Weston Price’s findings on traditional ancestral diets. This should of course be modified to fit your family’s specific dietary and cultural or religious needs.]
1. RAW MILK—the benefits of raw milk totally outweigh the costs. Yes, raw milk is expensive but I call it our health insurance because it’s so healthful and rich with goodness! It is not only how our ancestors have consumed milk for thousands of years before the dawn of the dairy industry but it also offers tremendous amounts of health benefits. I make sure they have at least one cup if not more a day. Raw milk is robust with:
Natural Probiotics and Enzymes
Vitamins A, B, C, D, K, E
Trace Minerals—Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium
Proteins—The building blocks of life
Omega 3s—brain and heart food
Because I have yet to regularly incorporate organ meats into our diets, all of us take Cod Liver Oil (CLO) on a daily basis. CLO is a nutrient dense ancestral food and is good for our immune systems, our brains, our teeth, skin, bones. It is also a whole food source for Vitamin A and Vitamin D and we therefore do not take isolated or synthetic forms of those vitamins. There’s nothing really that CLO isn’t good for. Nordic Naturals and Green Pasture's Fermented CLO is our favorite CLO and the flavored one's don't have a nasty fishy taste to it. Though my daughter will often smell like fish oil for days as she somehow tends to smear the oil into her hair when she takes it. :)
3. Vitamin K-- Vitamin D cofactor
Because both CLO and raw milk have a lot of Vitamin D and vitamin D tends to pull calcium out of the bones and into the blood which could potentially cause other health problems, it’s important to make sure your kids are also getting a good amount of vitamin K in their diet, which locks the calcium into the bones. Vitamin K is found naturally in green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and raw milk, etc. But with the outrageous damage that has been done to our food supply, we can’t really rely on vegetables having the amounts of minerals and nutrients they used to have, even organic vegetables. Also, though raw milk has Vitamin K it has enough of it as a cofactor for the naturally occurring vitamins that come with it in the milk. But I want to be sure my kids get enough K to also help with the Vitamin D they’re getting from CLO. Plus, what mama has an easy time getting substantial amounts of green leafy veggies into their kids on a daily basis? My kids will have the occasional smoothie but not everyday.
Because I know for sure they won’t get enough Vitamin K from their foods I give them a daily Vitamin K supplement that we put in their orange juice along with their CLO. Mary Ruth Organics has the best Vitamin K supplement I’ve found. It’s so good I’m considering also trying their daily multi-vitamins for my kids-- given that all the great brands of natural whole food vitamins have recently sold out to Nestle. BOO!
4. Epsom Salt Baths, Dark Chocolate/Raw Cacao
Just like Vitamin K, Magnesium is also needed to balance out the effects of high doses of Vitamin D found in CLO. Because I don’t want to convince my children to take yet another supplement I make sure that they take Epsom Salt baths at least once a week. They love it! It’s so soothing and calming, my daughter says it feels like going to the spa. I also either give them dark chocolate for the occasional desert or make them hot cacao with raw cacao powder. Every once and awhile when someone has a tummy ache, trouble sleeping, or is constipated I will also give them Magnesium Citrate by Nature Calm but I don’t like to become dependent on it as a source for Magnesium.
5. Vitamin C:
I started off by giving them Acerola powder in the morning but oh my did that also get expensive, especially with the higher amounts I wanted to give them. Though I use Vitamin C in high doses as orthomolecular support in my practice as a homeopath, I don’t think my kids need more than a daily maintenance dose of 1-2 grams of vitamin C, higher in flu season. I of course up the dose to bowel tolerance when they’re sick. We often change up our Vitamin C supplements, because even though I prefer whole food Vitamin C, I’m cheap and make sure to always have non-GMO Sodium Ascorbate by Nutribiotics at home for daily supplementation. I will be embarking on my very first experiment to make our own whole food vitamin C powder from orange peels TODAY, I’ll let you know how that goes.
This is a tradition passed on by my grandmother and her siblings--a teaspoon of raw honey every day first thing in the morning. My grandmother and her siblings all live well into their 90's, they must be doing something right! Though I am certain we have not uncovered nearly a fraction of all the health benefits of using raw honey, here's more info on some of it's benefits.
During flu season, I also make our own homemade elderberry syrup and give them a tablespoon daily. Elderberry syrup has proven immune boosting benefits but it’s crazy expensive to buy! A 1-2lb bag of dried elderberries, which is about the same price as a small bottle of syrup, yields enough syrup to usually get us through flu season and the syrup is super easy to make. If you’d like to make your own, here is my basic recipe for Homemade Elderberry Syrup but each time I make it I experiment a bit with it. I think my next batch will also include some astragalus root.
That’s it! As you can see I don’t give my children too many supplements as we try our best to eat whole organic foods following traditional diets as much as possible. But because our soils are so depleted and there is no guarantee they are getting all they need from our damaged food supply I make sure to supplement with the above, just in case.
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