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How to Detox Children

By Colleen Meheen

The current dietary habits of many families and young children are vastly different than those of families of even 25 to 50 years ago. Through the development of technology and commercial production of foods and processing, many preservatives and additives have been incorporated into the majority of food items available at the local supermarket. Creating meals with these altered food products can put strain on a child's immune system as well as the overall function of the child's body. Detoxifying children from these unhealthy toxins can be accomplished with modest dietary modifications, supplemental support and increased hydration.

Supplement your child's diet daily with 200 mg of alpha lipoic acid. ALA has been shown to be effective in the removal of arsenic and mercury in your child's system, mentioned in the Cutler Protocol for Detoxifying a Child, at AutismChildParenting.com. Alpha lipoic acid is available at your local natural health market.

Incorporate a whole food-based multivitamin and mineral supplement into the daily diet of your child. Vitamins and minerals are anti-oxidants that bind with harmful free radicals in the body to produce the detoxification effect. They prompt optimal function of the organs and keep the blood clean.

Design meals with an abundance of fiber, including barley and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. "Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods," state experts with Gaiam Life. Use spices and low-sugar marinades to cater to your child's tastes.

Soak your child in a warm bath for 25 to 30 minutes, or utilize the cleansing benefits of a sauna for 15 to 20 minutes. Opening up the pores and allowing the sweat to ferry toxins out of the body aids in detoxification, recommends a 1995 study by the American Public Health Association titled "Treatment of Children With the Detoxification Method." Have your child dry off with a clean towel and use organic oils, such as almond or jojoba oils, to moisturize the skin.

Have your child drink an ample amount of filtered water and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices daily. Proper hydration induces elimination of toxins, encourages proper digestion and absorption, and facilitates the proper functioning of the body as a whole.

Warnings

Consult with your child's health care practitioner before initiating any detoxification program.

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