The #1 Factor that's Usually Overlooked in Chronic Pediatric Ailments
Since I joined the team as the adult and pediatric health specialist at Detox Rejuvenation I've been having a lot of conversations with parents.
Many of these parents are doing all the right things…Maybe you can relate to this?
They've already gone gluten-free and dairy-free, they don't let their kids eat sugar. They don't eat a bunch of preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. They don’t let their kids eat Takis even when they beg!
They're eating organic.
They're very carefully choosing the foods that they're feeding their children. And yet, their children are still struggling.
Maybe this is an all too familiar story you can relate to? Maybe you're doing similar things and you're still scratching your head going, "I don't get it! We're doing all the right things. Why is my kid struggling?”
And that's a really important question to ask.
In the literature and research one thing is abundantly clear -- at the root of many common pediatric conditions is gut disruption.
So what does that look like in real life?
- Frequent illness
It can manifest as any number of neurological, learning and behavioral issues. It can look like outright digestive symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Some of these kids may not have a formal diagnosis, but they also struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep. When they wake up, they don't look well rested. They may have dark shiners or circles under their eyes.
Their nervous systems are practically in overdrive.
They just can't seem to settle down. And they're overreacting to situations and if they don't get their way, the response is completely over the top and inappropriate for the situation because they can't regulate.
It's not that they want to act out. It's just that they literally lose it and cannot get their emotions and their behavior under control so it has to play itself out.
A lot of these kids do totally fine at school.
And then as soon as they get home, they are struggling. They are overreacting. They're losing it with their parents because they’re in a safe place, but that doesn't make it any easier if your child is taking it out on you.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free (GFDF) Diet Is A Good Start, But Not Enough
The common denominator of all of these conditions is disruptions in the gut, and that's why a lot of parents go gluten-free and dairy-free because they know that there's something going on and they know these foods make their child’s symptoms worse.
But, things have changed and it’s not enough anymore.
That's why we have to look at what are all the factors that are disrupting the gut, including food.
Food's a very important part, but it's not the whole picture. And there could be other factors in the environment that are disrupting the gut that aren't being addressed that are going to either slow down the healing process or cause a child to plateau in their healing journey.
Is this sounding like you or your child? Are you, are you saying, “oh yeah, that's my kid”
Let me know in the comments below. Let me know what you're struggling with, what you need help with.
In my next video, I'll talk more about the factors that lead to gut disruption. And I think you'll start to see some of the correlation between those factors and your child's symptoms.
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