What’s the First Step to Cleaning Up Your Child’s Diet?

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Now, more than ever, your kids should get dirty but eat a clean diet.
Air Date: 2/3/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
Maya-Shetreat-KleinMaya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is an integrative pediatric neurologist with a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Board certified in adult and child neurology as well as pediatrics, she completed the University of Arizona’s two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, founded by Andrew Weil, MD, and now serves as faculty. She lectures internationally to medical professionals and laypeople on environmental health and toxins, and healing with food and nature. Dr. Shetreat-Klein lives with her family in New York City, where she runs Brainmending, her healing practice and urban farm.
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What’s the First Step to Cleaning Up Your Child’s Diet?
A lot of parents keep their children indoors, because they’re worried about safety issues, and those parents that actually want their children to be able to play outdoors find that school and homework get in the way.

But being outside and "getting dirty" is important... and for more than just getting all the energy out of your little ones.

According to Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, author of The Dirt Cure: A Whole Food, Whole Planet Guide to Growing Healthy Kids in a Processed World, research has shown that the bacteria in soil increases focus and attention and also boosts serotonin levels.

It's something the Eastern cultures have known for some time, coining the term forest bathing... immersing yourself in the beauty of the forest. Spending time in natural, green spaces can boost cognition, improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and allow your body to produce more anti-cancer proteins. 

Activities can include hiking, exploring, geocaching, or simply playing in the dirt and mud. The more types of bacteria you're exposed to, the more resilient your immune system becomes.

Another part of raising a healthy child involves diet. Dr. Shetreat-Klein advises providing foods that are the closest to their natural state as possible, such as pastured meat, eggs, and dairy, vegetables that are grown in healthy, dense, rich soil, and bitters (peel from fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate, etc.).  

Listen in as Dr. Shetreat-Klein joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about why getting dirty is so essential for your child's health, as well as which foods she advises for improving your kid's diet.