This is part one of a five-part video series that I created for our Raising Resilience Community (you can join our group here to watch the rest of the videos and engage in the conversation).
When I learned to dig underneath diagnosis and better understand the systems in the body that drive our resilience, the way I could help children thrive - even those with some serious diagnoses like autism, ADHD or mental health issues - became more clear.
Resilient kids feel better, function better, learn better; they also get sick less often, get better more quickly and have fewer health conditions. So what can we do to support that resilience? And what is eroding it and leading to such a rise in mental and physical health conditions?
In this video I explain that improving the resilience of our kids is really about helping them manage their stress. What I see is that our kids are caught in a perfect storm - their stress load has never before been so high and at the same time their stress tolerance has never been so low. I believe that the rise in diagnoses we're seeing in our kids is a reflection of this imbalance.
I see two pieces missing in the general conversation about how we can help kids thrive....
First of all, while there is a lot of discussion about social and environmental stress our kids are under, there is very little discussion about biological stress - things like metal accumulation, poor digestion, nutritional deficiencies and others, that are adding to the body's work load. To help rebalance the resilience of our kids we need to reduce their biological stress load.
The other piece that is missing in the conversation about stress is an understanding of how our stress tolerance works. The built-in mechanisms we have for managing stress are reliant on good nutrition. Nutrients drive those systems and they will slow down when deficiencies are present.
So, watch this video to understand what I mean by "raising resilience" and start to understand why good nutrition is absolutely key.
You can also read more about this and find practical strategies for Raising Resilience in my book, which you'll find here.
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Jess is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Family Health Educator specializing in brain health & resilience for kids. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family & love your life, and the creator of The Resilience Roadmap™ - a systematic process to help parents help their kids feel and function better. Her book and online resources have helped families in 44 countries improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders by helping them find hidden stressors and fit the food and feeding piece into their health puzzles. She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work helping families get healthier, and she continues to bring an understanding of the power of good nutrition to the mainstream conversation about children’s mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses and as a contributor to print and online magazines. You can reach Jess at www.jesssherman.com
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