Healthy Kids make Happy Kids!
- Why do children always seem to get sick more than adults?
- Do you ever feel that your child has a perpetual runny nose or earache?
- Why do your children still get sick even though you feed them healthy food?
Always the end of year is tough on families, and your child’s calendar seems more filled than yours! Birthday parties, athletics carnivals, piano exams – amidst all the activities, we have to make sure our kids stay in the best of health, keeping them well prepared with a strong immune system so they can tackle everything that the year brings them!
That’s why we’re devoting this ARTICLE to helping you to understand YOUR children and their health, from the oldest parenting resource – Ayurveda!
You are at the breakfast table and in your head you say, “ here we go again”. This may be your family or possibly someone else’s that you know. You are at the breakfast table and you have Georgia not wanting to eat and James wanting more food and you can’t get it on the table quick enough! Mandy is it possible that she is still trying to get out of bed?!
Why is this? Why can’t all children be the same?
I hear this all the time in my practice – many mothers asking me how can I produce such different children?!
The health of your child is based on many things, and one that we know is really important is his or her basic make-up. Once you understand your child’s mind-body type, you know how to help.
Your child might be what we call a Vata, Pitta or Kapha type and you can learn more about all these on our website. Today I want to discuss more about how all children are what we call in their ‘Kapha’ stage of life.
Kapha: Ayurveda’s explanation to childhood
The childhood phase of life is when most of our physical growth happens and the kapha dosha is dominant. The kapha dosha relates to muscle, fat and tissue production – it governs our growth. This is why they are so yummy and squishy to cuddle.
Most children I meet, tell me that their favourite foods are:
- Cold milk
- Ice Cream
- Cold drinks
There is no doubt that some these foods are healthy and full of vitamins and minerals, however all of these foods have what we call a kapha quality – whilst they are useful for growing and building they are also heavy and slow to digest.
When we feed our children too much kapha-quality food in their kapha time of life, the result is often runny noses, chest infections, earaches and bouts of asthma. This also is apparent in the other stages of life.
Kapha + Kapha = sick children!
Ask any parent and they’ll have experienced at least one of these illnesses in their children. Ask any hospital, and they’ll tell you that asthma in young children is one of the most common causes of hospital admission. It’s happening all around us, so let’s start using Ayurveda’s wisdom to reduce the kapha aggravation in our children. If you or one of your children start suffering with these symptoms, you can get started with one or all of the below remedies before it develops into something more serious.
Do It Yourself At Home Today!
We’re all about making Ayurveda accessible to everyone, and so here are a few tips to help keep your kids in top shape:
- If Symptoms of cold and flu or running noses: Avoid cheese, cold milk, avocado and yogurt, ice cream or icy drinks– these foods have a high kapha quality and can create mucus and congestion in your child.
- If a cold or flu strikes – honey is your best friend. Give your children this hot milk drink with honey at night before bed:
- 1 pinch of turmeric
- 1 pinch of ginger powder
- Bring this to the boil in ½ cup water and ½ cup organic milk
- Take this off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- Ensure your kids get plenty of exercise. Try avoid staying indoors and being entertained by TVs, computer games or books. Try something new this term – a weekend bike ride or a gardening project in the backyard!
- Children can take herbal supplements to boost their immune system. Ayurveda have developed a number of formulas that are just for kids – Kaphano Syrup – always keep this in your pantry and give it to your children at the first sign of a cold or flu. It’ll work fast to expel all that extra kapha, and the sweet taste means you won’t have a tough time convincing your child to take it!
- Favour whole foods and aim to eliminate empty processed foods. There is so much commercial food available that is a long way from a natural and whole state making these types of food difficult to digest. Sweet refined food will increase the mucus.
- Kitchari is a meal you can give you or your child if you are getting any cold and flu symptom. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions.