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It should come as no surprise that the dietary landscape for children has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last 20 years. Gone are the days of home-cooked meals made from fresh ingredients. Instead, most families are feeding their kids with predominantly ultra-processed foods. This shift, occurring over just a single generation, has had profound consequences for the health and well-being of the youngest members of society.

Understanding the Modern Diet Landscape

The early 1980s saw the emergence of ultra-processed foods, marking a significant departure from traditional diets centered around whole foods. These highly processed products, laden with refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives, are now widespread in our supermarkets and fast-food outlets. As a result, children today are consuming a staggering 67 percent or more of their calories from these nutritionally deficient sources.

The Impact on Childhood Health – Generational Decline

This seismic shift in dietary patterns has not gone unnoticed by healthcare and holistic practitioners. Research has shown a direct correlation between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and a host of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions. Perhaps most alarming is the rise in fatty liver disease among children, a condition once considered rare in the younger generation. 

There is an alarming correlation between this decline in the quality of nutrition and the research done by Dr. Pottinger in the 1940s on the effect of bad nutrition on generational health decline.

New Holistic Nutrition Testing and Fatty Liver Disease 

In the face of this health crisis, the recent research breakthrough from Dr. Freddie Ulan, the founder of Nutrition Response Testing® is invaluable.  His research has linked the rise in Fatty Liver disease to the failure of other metabolic functions, such as insulin resistance, the rise of diabetes in children, and Long COVID symptoms.

His research findings and protocols for addressing Fatty Liver Disease in both adults and children will be released at the UNS Spring Symposium 2004: The Fatty Liver Summit, April 12 -14 at the Hilton Carillon Hotel in St. Petersburg FL.

Mindful Eating Practices

In keeping with the “Food as Medicine” movement, holistic practitioners are advocating a return to basics when it comes to children’s nutrition. Rather than focusing solely on individual nutrients or food groups, holistic nutrition emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods. By nourishing the body with nutrient-dense options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, it is possible to support optimal liver function and overall well-being.

Exploring Functional Foods

In addition to whole foods, holistic practitioners often recommend incorporating functional foods into children’s diets. These nutrient-rich powerhouses, such as berries, leafy greens, and fatty fish, are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support liver health and combat inflammation. By including a variety of functional foods in meals and snacks, children can get the essential nutrients they need to thrive.


Physical Activity and Well-Being

Of course, nutrition should be flanked by regular physical activity.  Staying active plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight, supporting metabolism, and reducing the risk of chronic disease. Encouraging children to engage in daily movement and active play not only benefits their physical health but also contributes to improved mood, cognitive function, and overall well-being.

Mind-Body Connection

Holistic practitioners recognize the importance of addressing the mind-body connection when it comes to childhood health. Chronic stress and anxiety can have a profound impact on hormonal balance and liver function, making stress management techniques an essential component of holistic care. By teaching children techniques that can help them improve their communication skills and encouraging them to explore relaxation activities, we can help them better cope with life’s challenges and support their overall health and well-being.

The Role of Holistic Practitioners in the Community

Combating the rise of fatty liver disease in children requires an army of concerned parents, educators, holistic nutrition practitioners, and policymakers. By working together to change the current situation and promote holistic approaches to nutrition and wellness, we can empower the next generation to make healthy choices and live vibrant, fulfilling lives. Through community support and education, we can ensure that our children grow up nourished, resilient, and ready to face whatever challenges the future may hold.

Find out more about the UNS Spring Symposium: The Fatty Liver Disease Summit

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