For two thousand years, on the islands of Japan, generations of children were born to mothers and fathers who ate vegetables harvested from the ocean. As a result of this, each one of them was born with a wonderful inheritance-a huge bank of minerals that kept them strong, muscular, calm and focused throughout life. Their hair remained dark and shiny and their skin free of wrinkles.
Minerals from the ocean vegetables, eaten at every meal created strong, healthy adrenals. Minerals are essential nutrients for creating healthy adrenals, and it is the adrenals, tiny walnut shaped organs sitting atop the kidneys that are the real workhorses of your child's body. Strong adrenals, create a calm, happy, focused human being. Strength, energy, focus, willpower to succeed, excellent muscle tone, beautiful skin, hair and nails are all the positive outcome of a diet rich in minerals. What parent wouldn't want this for her child?
Sadly, with the introduction of American foods like greasy pizza, cola, refined flour foods, fast food chains like McDonalds, huge quantities of sugar and lately artificial sweeteners, Japanese youth of today are losing their incredible inheritance. But American parents can benefit by noting what worked for the early Japanese.
Research has shown that when a mother experiences stress during her pregnancy, her baby's adrenal cells are expanded. The child, in turn, will not handle stress as well in his/her own life. Other Research done several years ago showed that children born with weak adrenals have bright minds, an excellent vocabulary and 'chatter' a lot. These children are also very hyperactive and move around anxiously.
Children born with strong adrenals are more calm and focused. Perhaps the best way to describe them is that they are naturally more "balanced" human beings. They may have more potential to succeed in life because they have more willpower to stay with a project and see it to completion. They take the time to focus and reflect. They sit still and can be engaged in conversation.
The school systems of today are set up to teach this latter type of child, but they are overrun with children with adrenal weakness - bright but hyperactive. Once diagnosed, the current solution is to drug these exceptional children.
The Body Ecology way is to build our children's adrenals. Winter is the very best time of the entire year to do this. All of Nature is asleep or resting and we must follow suit. Make sure you and your children get plenty of rest. Everyone in the family should be going to bed early and getting a really good night's sleep. Mother Nature definitely knows best. She tells us that we must build energy in the winter so we can start to cleanse in the spring.
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