Daily bowel movements are a very important sign of health. If you or your child are not having a well formed bowel movement first thing in the morning (within 20 minutes of waking), that is a sign of constipation. It is recommended that someone also have another bowel movement in the afternoon. For a description of quality colors and forms of HEALTHY BMs, refer to the Bristol chart. The ideal is to be in the middle.
The large bowel is about a foot long and should empty every day. Stool should move through the body within 8-15 hours. The stool should be soft and well formed. It is not normal to have gas and bloating on a consistent basis. Most people, unfortunately, have a much longer transit time and this allows the contents of the bowel to remain too long. This increases fermentation, putrefaction and the absorption of toxic amines and other chemicals from the colon. How to measure bowel transit time easily.
A simple way to measure your bowel transit time is to eat a large amount of raw or cooked beets. Then check your stool for the next few days until you see the familiar red color. Your body’s digestion is just sluggish and the transit time is needed right now. As your health improves, it will reduce on its own. Having bowel pockets or diverticuli are common in adults and now in children with sugary diets. These can heal over time with a proper nutrition program and NIR healing. These can cause a build up of toxins and bacteria and slow down transit time temporarily.
Toddlers (1-3 years old) should get 19 grams of fiber each day. Kids 4-8 years old should get 25 grams a day. Older girls (9-13) and teen girls (14-18) should get 26 grams of fiber a day. Older boys (9-13) should get 31 grams and teen boys (14-18)should get 38 grams per day. Sources: fruit, vegetables, flax seeds, chia seeds, soaked whole grains (oatmeal, quinoa, breads), fiber powder (Arbonne’s is the smoothest and very easy to mix into food without issue)
- drinking 8 cups of water is ideal
- avoid dehydration with too much sugar
- try adding electrolytes to the water to support hydration, especially if a child does not drink lots of fluids
- Nuun tablets are my personal choice
A high quality probiotic can be helpful to move the bowels. I really like this digestive aid that is easy to mix into kids food and drinks.
Start with probiotics from food as these are cheaper and typically as or more effective. Foods with probiotics include yogurt, raw cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, refrigerated pickles, kefir, saurkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. For supplements, the most common strain is lactobacillus acidophilus.
Near Infrared Light
I work closely with those in the Fed and Focused program to find a plan that is appropriate for their child. I first need to see a child’s mineral levels and how their liver and kidneys are doing before starting a plan. However, this can be really helpful at supporting appetite and digestion. It removes parasites, toxins, and candida, while providing energy to the digestive system.
Nutrient Deficiencies and Correction
- Paramin (calcium and magnesium) help move the bowels
- Copper toxicity or low zinc levels almost always lead to yeast infections in the colon and elsewhere. This can be a cause of constipation and many other bowel symptoms. It is important to see through hair testing whether a child needs just zinc or zinc and bioavailable copper. This changes the results drastically.
- One can add a little Epsom salts dissolved in milk or water to correct this and constipation is usually over.
- Iodine supports the creation of stomach acid and digestive enzymes
- Kelp or iodine supplement
- Kelp flakes
**Make sure you are doing the supplements every day. If initially, we have started slowly and done supplements every other day, your next step should be to work up to supplements every day.
- For kids that can swallow pills, give them GB3 (1 with every meal) (ox bile and pancreatin)
- acts as a laxative
- Sipping on a digestive, liver supportive tea
- Arbonne makes a tea that contains ingredients that support bile flow, the liver and kidneys
- Ingredients to look for include Milk Thistle, Peppermint, Dandelion, Sweet Fennel, Elder, Nettle, Parsley, Uva Ursi, Licorice
- Very easy solution for kids who can’t take pills because you can mix cooled tea into smoothies and the tea on its own has a very light peppermint flavor. I even make hot chocolate for my kids with the tea mixed with chocolate protein.
For kids, I don’t like to start with an elimination diet, but in some cases, when the body is very depleted this can be necessary. Try to eliminate sugars, food chemicals, soy, wheat, and dairy. A great plan for your family to help with this is the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Plan that provides the tools and strategies to make this easy. This plan alone has help many kids come off medication and improve their behavior because it removes toxins and puts good nutrition in.
This can reduce inflammation and ensure that all the food they are consuming is very nutrient dense. Once we correct the zinc, magnesium, and calcium balance in the body, an elimination diet is typically not necessary.
Being able to rest more will support healing and the digestion of the body. We have emotional reactions to stress and get that gut feeling. When something makes us feel anxious, we can easily feel sick to our stomach. So, check in with your kids and see what can help support their rest and emotions.
- salt water
- prunes or prune juice
As heavy metals and other toxins leave the body, this can cause temporary constipation. For one, if too much tries to leave the tissues and the elimination organs are not prepared enough this will happen. Also, for example, aluminum and manganese are very constipating. These are some heavy metals that the body eliminates first. Aluminum is widely used in antacid products. In this situation, focus on more near infrared light on the elimination organs with guidance of a practitioner.
Hair Mineral Patterns and Oxidation Types Associated with Constipation
If any of these are something your child struggles with, it will take time to correct. If they have a combination of these, then it is evident there is a critical issues, and we need to allow time for healing. With that, I encourage to spend your energy focusing on the work we are doing with supplementation and NIR. Do not continue to try and seek out other supplements or “quick fixes”. This distracts your attention from the process and if used, can slow down healing.
- very slow oxidation
- 4 lows pattern
- low phosphorus
- low zinc
- very low Na/K ratio (sodium/potassium)
- Elevated lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum, arsenic or other serious toxic metals
Parasites to some degree are in everyone. If someone has a large amount of parasites, these can clog up the bowels and liver causing constipation. A parasite cleanse should not be a first step because the body needs the energy to cleanse and should be able to eliminate parasites quickly. Therefore, a child should have done a hair test and be on a diet and supplement plan first. Also, their level of constipation should be addressed before doing this because we do not want parasites getting backed up in the system.
However, if you have decided with your practitioner that it is time to do one, Nature’s Answer has a parasite cleanse that is kid friendly. You can find it here. You can do 1 mL for 10 days. Then, do CoQ10 to mop up the parasite eggs that were laid when parasites were leaving the body.
Disclaimer: For any child who is experiencing constipation, they should seek attention from their medical care provider first before trying any of the options listed above.
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One of the greatest things that we can to do help our kids is to heal ourselves as well. We can not pour into others from an empty cup, and just like on airplanes, they tell you for the safety of your kids, you need to put on your own oxygen mask first. I know as a mom, the more energy and mental clarity we can have, the more energy we can put into helping our kids. It takes alot of energy to be a parent, let alone make healthy meals for them, keep them on a supplement plan, and help them heal. You are already doing so much for your family, you deserve the most care and support for everyone, including yourself.
This package is great for any family looking for a complete “done with you” support to help their child heal. This allows for 1:1 communication to trouble shoot adjusting supplement dosages, working along with your child’s primary care provider to wean them off medications, and with complex struggles. I will hold your hand through the whole journey until we cross the finish line! If you would like to learn more about any of the options listed, you can book a call with me now!