ADULTS HYPOCRISY VS CHILDREN’S HEALTH

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We all agree that the health and well being of our children is a priority to us adults. But very often, in the quest for the best possible conditions for our children’s growth and development, we put too much trust in the public health sector and other institutions. And I personally think that there is a large dose of hypocrisy in this attitude.

We also know that in order to stay healthy, our offspring need to be properly and regularly fed. But feeding them with yogurts, fruit and fruit juices is of doubtful benefit to them. Let’s be honest about the food we often give to our children. What do they actually eat? The whole candy industry (sweets, bars, chocolates), dairy industry (yogurts, cheeses, ice cream), soft-drinks industry (cola and other fizzy sugary drinks) and fast-food chains make fortunes on the ‘small’ consumer. Our children are potential clients to all of these businesses. Why? Because we allow them to be. The time our children spend outdoors without our supervision is most likely the time they will try to get hold of the chocolate bars, fruit juices, fast food, yogurt, cakes or fizzy drinks. It is because of our own convenience or lack of sufficient knowledge on healthy dieting or lack of time and enthusiasm that we do not fight all of these bad habits. Eventually, we silently accept our children’s dietary misbehavior.

Unfortunately, aggressive advertising, as well as the stereotypes and fashions circulating among the young, is a negative influence on our children and usually too difficult for them to resist.

Do we adults have something to say in self-defense? I do not think so. It is enough to go into schools and randomly ask how many children bring their own homemade lunch to school, how many of them eat homemade dinner or supper, how their parents organize their daily meals, or how many of them are actually being told by their parents about the dangers of eating fast food, to be able to understand the scale of the problem.

We are responsible for the awareness of our children
How can we say that we care about our children when we consciously let them eat dairy products that come from mass production and are very often contaminated with dangerous substances? For those who are still unaware, the milk used for production of most of the dairy products comes from cows which are fed with fodder including ruminant meat and bone. Isn’t it against common sense and nature? Cows are herbivores and should not eat any animal material. How can it possibly not affect the quality of milk and dairy products?

It is dishonest of adults to make money out of children’s lack of awareness and vulnerability in the first place, to then spend some of this money on wonderful medical equipment and children’s health centers. Who has got the biggest interest in all of this? We should realize that our children’s health problems were probably caused by our own ignorance, negligence, convenience or simply turning a blind eye to the problem.

Thus, we should remember once more:

  • An excess of fruit, fruit juices, fresh salads, sweets, ice cream, yogurts, cheeses and cold drinks leads to allergies and asthma.
  • An excess of milk, cheeses, fruit, fruit juices, sweets and ice cream can cause anemia in children.
  • An excess of milk, cheeses, yogurts, sweets, fruit and fruit juices makes our children more susceptible to colds.

If you really care about your children’s health then firstly confess your mistakes and then start introducing changes to their dietary habits before taking them to the doctor or a hospital.

What about A Broth For Vegetarians according to 5Flavours of Health?

If you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can make a vegetable broth. Especially if you have a compromised digestive system, they can be key to recovery as they are so easy for the body to break down.

You can make a vegetable broth by taking veggie scraps or whole vegetables and covering them in water, then simmering for 6-8 hours. Remember to use seasonal and local vegetables and all 5 Flavours spices.  You will then discard the vegetables because all of their nutrients are now in the soup broth.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS FOR REDUCING YOUR HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS

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What if there were natural hay fever remedies that not only worked to treat the symptoms but prevented the condition appearing? Natural hay fever remedies based on 5 Flavours of Health principles may be an effective way to gain control of your health.

WHAT IS HAY FEVER
Hay fever is a common respiratory condition effectively.  Hay fever is an allergic reaction to allergens in our environment, affecting the nose, eyes, lungs and sinus cavities causing very uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms. Typical hay fever symptoms include:

  • itchy eyes & throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sinus congestion
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite

From a 5 Flavours of Health perspective hay fever is seen as an inability to produce enough energy from the digestive system for a healthy immune response to wind and allergens.

HAY FEVER FROM A 5 Flavours of Health PERSPECTIVE
In 5 Flavours of Health the digestive system is responsible for converting energy from food to produce defensive energy.  When the digestive energy is depleted through poor diet, worry, stress and lack of exercise, it cannot produce enough energy  which is important to defend against outside wind and pollen. Without healthy energy,  wind penetrates the body to produces hay fever systems of sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, running nose etc.

To strengthen that energy, the main idea is to eat foods that will take very little to digest. By eating easily digestible foods your can produce defensive energy with minimal effort. By eating difficult foods to digest the spleen will consume more energy and instead of producing healthy energy, will produce phlegm and dampness, often resulting in fatigue, bloating and reduced immune function.

In 5 Flavours of Health philosophy a diet that avoids cold and raw foods and increases warm nourishing foods is recommended to prevent hay fever.

FOODS TO AVOID TO REDUCE HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS
Some foods are difficult to digest and actually weaken the digestive system. These foods are considered cold and damp in nature. Cold damp foods weaken the spleen energy and instead of creating energy and blood they produce phlegm in the body, predisposing you to hay fever. Simply avoiding the following foods that damage digestion and weaken your defensive energy can be the best hay fever remedies :

  • Alcohol:beer, wine, spirits
  • Dairy:milk, cheeses, butter, ice-cream, milk chocolate, yoghurt
  • Nuts: excessive nuts are damp in nature
  • Raw food: salads, fruit
  • Sweet foods:excessive fruit, dried fruits, lollies, cakes, fruit juice, soft drinks
  • Wheat: bread, pasta, baked goods

FOODS TO ADD TO REDUCE HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS
Warming foods are natural hay fever remedies. Warm easily digested foods reduces the amount of energy your body is required to digest them which will build your own body’s energy. In 5 Flavours of Health you’ll often find a combination of hot dishes at any meal from soup, starters, rice, vegetables and meat. Aim to eat warm foods at each meal such as:

  • vegetable soups
  • broth
  • porridge


WARM WATER FOR HAY FEVER
Following the idea of adding warming substances into your body, water can also be taken warm to hot. Drinking warm water or a cup of herbal tea such as liquorice or giner tea after a meal is an excellent digestive aid, therefore helping to produce more defensive energy.