A Healthy Hallowe'en
Naturopathic Doctor Jacqueline Cooper wrote an excellent blog post about how to enjoy Hallowe'en in the most healthy way possible. Here is the link: http://blog.naturopathicfoundations.ca/2012/10/healthy-halloween.html
And, here is the content:
Hallowe’en can be a challenge for parents who are conscientious about their children’s health and diet. If you spend most of the year avoiding junk food, what to do when your child comes home after a night of trick or treating with a sack of it?
Here are some approaches to making sure that this Hallowe’en is a healthier one.
Some of the health concerns to expect with increased sugar intake are difficulties with sleep, hyperactive behavior, diminished concentration, digestive symptoms, outbreaks of skin conditions in those predisposed, compromised immune function and therefore greater propensity to developing a cold or flu.
Strategies you can employ to counteract the effects of sugar include:
· Having your child take their immune support for one week following Hallowe’en, even longer if your child's immune system is weakened or if they seem to be dealing with a cold or flu.
· If your child is taking a fish oil, double the dose as this will help lessen potential hyperactivity, restlessness or difficulty sleeping.
· If your child is on a multi-vitamin double the dose for the week following as it will assist in balancing out the impact of food that is calorie-dense and nutrient-deficient.
· Homeopathic liver support also provides a beneficial boost to the body’s pathways of elimination, helping to more effectively restore balance to the system and decreasing the digestive or skin impact of a lot of junk food. Talk to your naturopathic doctor to see if this is advisable for your child.
Another important health reason to limit the candy consumption to a few days following Halloween is thatrepeated exposures of sweets over a long period of time (even in small portions) is more damaging to your teeth than a greater amount consumed in a short period. Provide additional oral protection, by stepping up your children’s oral hygiene regimen. Make sure they spend extra time brushing and flossing post-candy consumption.
Remember Hallowe’en can be healthy AND fun. A moderate amount of holiday indulgence, buffered by a few extra health measures ensures both short and long term health and happiness.
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Dr. Dielle Raymond, ND