Growing up healthy is something that we all want for our children.  Taking healthy steps along the way will help ensure that process is successful. 

Do you remember the phrase “Garbage in, garbage out”?  When you consider that we are what we eat, that phrase becomes very important when raising healthy children.  Our children need nourishing food.  When our children receive proper nutrition, they will be able to perform better in school.  A healthy breakfast, snack and lunch will help them concentrate, focus and learn the way they are designed.  Fast food restaurants are designed to provide food fast, not necessarily nutritious.  Fast foods are typically high in poor fats and cholesterol, especially trans-fats.  Our bodies do not have the ability to break down those types of fats, without oxidation or free radicals occuring. 

Eliminating as many toxins from your household environment is another factor in raising a healthy family.  Cigarette smoke, or smoke of any kind, is an extremely toxic substance that kills millions of people every year.  Other airborne toxins include dust, dirt and dander.  These irritants in a child’s environment can cause respiratory irritation, infection, damage and disease.  Children need clean, fresh air in order to get the oxygen that the body requires.

One way to help ensure that children grow up healthy is to make sure they have a properly functioning nervous system.  This system is the master control system and the communication system within the body.  In order for you to be healthy, this system must function without interference.  Interference can present in the way of spinal misalignments, or subluxations.  Your chiropractor can determine if there are subluxations present in your child’s spine. 

Ask yourself, “What am I modeling for my child in the way of healthy behavior?”  Ultimately, they will model what they see, rather than what they hear.  So ask God today to help you take control of your health and as you take those healthy steps, your child will take the journey with you and have the tools to be a healthy adult!