243_Building Healthy, Happy, and Resilient Children with Dr. Elisa Song

by | May 14, 2024

Raising healthy, happy kids shouldn’t be so hard. Yet, despite living in what should be the golden age of medicine, our children are sicker than ever. Nearly 1 in 2 kids has a chronic condition, whether it’s eczema, asthma, ADHD, anxiety, autoimmunity, or even all of the above. 

Many parents are at a loss for who to turn to for trusted advice – advice that takes a root-cause, holistic approach to whole child resilience, but that doesn’t dismiss the value of conventional pediatrics.

Today on the show I am excited to bring back Dr. Elisa Song. Elisa is a Standford, NYU, UCSF-trained pediatrician and one of the foremost pioneers and trusted experts in pediatric integrative and functional medicine. In her holistic pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, she’s helped thousands of kids get to the root cause of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to heal their children from the inside out. Elisa is also the author of the Health Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrative Pediatricians Guide to Whole Child Resilience.

In today’s conversation, we discuss the alarming trend in children’s lifespans and how the gut microbiome holds the key. Dr. Song shares her journey from conventional to integrative medicine, the detrimental effects of antibiotics on kids’ gut health, particularly during infancy and adolescence, and the connection between the gut microbiome and your immune system, brain development, mental health, mood, and behavior. 

We also talk about strategies to empower children and parents to make informed health choices, emphasizing education on reading food labels and understanding how what we choose to eat impacts our overall health. And finally, Dr. Song offers actional advice for parents to support their children’s health, including dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments.

For all parents and healthcare providers listening, this episode is a call to action to reevaluate and reinforce the foundations of health in our younger generation. So, without further ado, here’s my conversation with Dr. Elisa Song.

As always, if you love what you hear on this show, then do me a favor and subscribe, leave a positive rating and review, and share this episode with a friend or loved one whom you think could benefit. And if you want to talk about working with me personally, I’d love to chat. Just schedule your free nutrition strategy call at https://www.bodysystems.com/free-strategy-call/.

Connect with Dr. Elisa Song:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthykids_happykids/

Buy her new book: https://www.healthykidshappykids.com/book/

Website: https://healthykidshappykids.com/


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