First Step Towards Healing the Gut
Last night, my boys invited two friends over. I made an organic nutritious soup for dinner, bone broth with colorful vegetables; sadly, our young guests ended up eating hot dogs instead as they would not touch the real food I had made for them! Even the stoneground fermented mustard was foreign to them and they asked for ‘normal’ mustard. One child started smashing his leftover food inattentively and playing with it instead of eating it. When I asked him the reason, he said he was not hungry any more and was bored of just sitting there and having to wait for others to finish their dinner. This is an example of a typical child these days. Gut microbiome imbalances lead to “picky” eaters and “inattentive” children. How can we help these children? I would start them on baby steps towards health. First step is to reduce processed sugar, food colors/taste enhancers, natural and artificial flavors, preservatives, other additives, genetically modified products. Encourage eating a whole food meal with organic pasture-raised meat and poultry, lots and lots of colorful vegetables, and good healthy fats, like avocados, cold-pressed olive or avocado oil, ghee, and animal fats and avoid inflammatory vegetable oils. If you can, then add a cup of bone broth at each meal. There we go, you have already started healing the gut with food. Consider lots of outdoor fresh air and sun exposure and be close to nature, and physical/mental exercising on a daily basis. Please watch my video series on gut health for more in depth explanation.