Making Small Changes for Your Family's Health in 2017, Part Two

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,

Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Bones! We sing about them, rattle them, and now we use them as a broth to help our guts heal. Join Get Ready To Learn Host Cindy Putman and special co-host Dr. Marti Merritt and Sarah Nelson of Naturally Nelson's Farm who will be sharing in this second installment of a 2-part series that focuses on helping families take baby steps to healthier living for themselves and their family in 2017.

[Click here to read part one in this blog series

We know that the health of our bodies depends on the health of our guts. Many of the ailments and conditions that affect Americans today can be traced back to unhealthy intestines and poor gut health.

Some of this has to do with our high consumption of processed foods, as well as foods that filled with sugars, salt, and chemicals to enhance their taste in flavor. After years of consuming these types of foods regularly, it can wreak havoc on our guts.

You might think bacteria is bad, but did you know there are actually healthy bacteria that help your gut? Another way to heal your gut is to incorporate broth made from bones. Broth or “stock” can be a great addition to your diet for many reasons. Not only is it easy to digest, it also offers important nutrients and helps heal the lining of your gut.

Dr. Marti Merritt is a certified GAPS psychologist. GAPS, which stands for “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” deals with the issues that help to heal and seal your gut with diet.

Often, issues with the immune system stem from problems that are related to GAPS and these can also pave the way for a multitude of autoimmune conditions and other degenerative diseases.

In addition to incorporating bone broth, Dr. Marti also shares a great way to incorporate veggies and fresh fruits in your child’s daily diet. She recommends using an inexpensive hand-cranked juicer to make your own juices for healthy meals and snacks. She compares it to another expensive juicer that she owns and says it works wonderfully and has less clean up. Check out her favorite little machine here. 

By letting kids take part in the food prep and giving them options for healthy foods, you can instill in them good healthy habits from an early age. Dr. Marti suggests making healthy eating fun. For example, she says maybe you can mix up a great kale and banana smoothie with your kids and serve it up as “Monster slime” or some other fun name.

Check out Sarah’s blogs that explore topics discussed on today’s show about Bone Broth and last weeks topic of sugar. Explore sweeteners and how you can be smart about them here.

Sarah is a wealth of great information, including this post from her blog about reducing waste and not throwing away the good stuff that really matters! 

Thanks Sarah for the kind words, it is always a delight to have you and Dr. Marti’s expertise on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn Radio Show.

Don’t forget to come by the Putnam County Library on January 21 and celebrate the launch of PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel. We’ll be at the main branch from 10 am until noon with fun activities for the entire family, including a chance for kids to explore the new PBS KIDS Playtime Pads that will be housed in WCTE’s new Mobile Lab.

You can also watch a live stream of the new PBS KIDS programming at

For information about the article discussed on today’s show, with information about encouraging your kids to eat healthy, visit PBS Parents and learn more.


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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