Welcome to Part Two of my chat with Dr. Elisa Song. If you missed Part One, be sure to listen to that episode first – click here to listen.

Dr. Elisa Song, MD is a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained integrative pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine expert, and mum to two children. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, Dr. Song’s approach is to get to the root cause of pediatric health concerns and empower parents to help their children thrive by integrating conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils.

Today we are continuing the conversation on children’s mental health:

  • We chat further about the “microbiome mischief makers”, focusing on diet and nutrition;
  • We talk about the negative impacts processed foods have on the microbiome;
  • The importance of being able to read food labels and ingredient lists;
  • The impacts that sugar, artificial sugars, and pesticides have on our children’s microbiome;
  • Why fibre is vital, and how much our children should be eating daily; 
  • The alarming statistics surrounding fruit and vegetable consumption;
  • The lifestyle factors that will improve the gut microbiome and mental health outcomes:
    • How exercise and movement change the microbiome;
    • The importance of proper hydration;
    • The impacts of not getting enough sleep;
    • Learning how to improve our vagus nerve function.
  • Lastly, Dr. Song gives us insights into her favourite supplements and treatments to consider for children with anxiety.

Episode Links:

  • Listen to Part 1 here: Episode 142 – An Integrative Approach to Anxiety and Mental Health in Children and Teens with Dr. Elisa Song
  • Check out Dr. Elisa Song’s website here.
  • Follow Dr. Elisa Song on Instagram here. 
  • Download Food As Medicine for Kid’s Mental Health here.