What does it mean to be a Primal parent? The word primal can mean "essential". To raise your child in the Primal way means to honor the inborn intelligence their body has, and raise and guide in an intuitive way. Chiropractic care, quality food, healthy movement, adequate sleep, emotional boundaries&freedom, all are a part.
I want to share some of the tips&tricks I have found while raising my own 3. Let me add a disclaimer that I am far from the perfect parent. I have made many mistakes and will continue to do so. I instead strive to be a present mother, instead of a perfect mother.
Chiropractic care: my kids get adjusted once a week. If they are sick, they will get checked more often (daily, especially if fevering).
Quality food: minimal processed foods, lots of veggies, ferments, mostly gluten-free for my daughter and dairy-free for me. Kids Eating in Color and Danielle Walker's Against All Grain have been great resources for healthy food ideas!
Healthy movement: I strive for what I call "dirt therapy", getting outside and moving our bodies when possible. My toddlers have also started following along with I am doing yoga or some form of a workout. Our kids mimic our actions!
Adequate sleep: I really don't have any sage advice here, we just stick with a good bedtime routine. Good sleep begets good sleep. Good sleep also allows for healing in our bodies.
Emotional guidance: Big Little Feelings on Instagram/Facebook has made a world of a difference in our household in how I handle boundaries and freedom. Can't recommend these two ladies enough!
There are more parts to the parenting story, but these are the biggest, most Primal, aspects of it. If you have anything to add, I'd love to hear!
Why does a quality supplement matter? Why can't we just buy them off of the shelves of our favorite natural grocery store? Well, you could. But quality matters. Just like the quality of the oil you put in your car, the quality of the food you eat, the quality of the building materials you are using for your home. All of it matters. We do know and understand though that supplements are an investment. It is for this reason that we offer the discount to all of our Primal members, so that we can continue to support your body in different ways on your health journey.
Each month we feature a different supplement, so keep an eye out in the office for what new supplement we have on hand! We will always have Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Magnesium available for purchase. Have a favorite supplement? Let us know!
When it comes to gut health, the term "probiotics" has become a buzzword. Why do probiotics matter? Why does gut health matter? I want to share some resources that I have found that can clarify this for you! Some of the research articles are pretty heavy, so I included some lighter reading articles as well. Let us know what you think!
The Mercola website has a wealth of information surrounding healthy living. You can type most anything into the search bar and you will find quality articles that are supported by science. Here are several regarding gut health and probiotics:
12 Benefits of Probiotics: https://articles.mercola.com/vitamins-supplements/probiotics.aspx
Link Between Alzheimer's and Gut Is Confirmed:
Flavorful Fermented Foods have Healing Properties:
And for those looking for something more science-heavy, here are the PubMed articles:
Effects of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics on Human Health
Effect of Probiotics and Prebiotics on Immune Response to Influenza Vaccination in Adults
Biological Activities of Lactose-Derived Prebiotics and Symbiotic with Probiotics on Gastrointestinal System
Dr. Liz, Dr. Morgan, and Aimee share some of their favorite recipes, exercises, and meditations in this members only blog!