Have you ever wondered what the phrase “Food As Medicine” means?
This week’s Mad2Glad guest interview with Naturopathic Doctor, Andrew Litchy, reveals 5 signs your child may have inflammation in the gut and the 3 best foods to stay away from.
Children with chronic and/or complicated health issues – specifically Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder – are great candidates for natural and alternative medicine when looking for ways to improve function.
Why would we look at food? Food can be a scary topic for people because we all wrap a lot of love, family, and traditions around our eating. But that doesn’t mean we hide from a problem – or solution – just because it’s challenging.
The benefits of addressing food is that it impacts the immune system and can lead to improved emotional regulation, attention and executive functioning, decreased sickness/colds/ allergies, and overall better health.
Naturopaths consider health and behavior problems by asking, “why is this happening?” and often link dis-ease to inflammation in the digestive tract, which leads to inflammation in the whole body.
Now, as an advocate for calming “fire in the brain,” I was intrigued by Dr. Andrew’s perspective that children often make food choices based on the stimulation it provides even while simultaneously creating negative symptoms.
In other words, they make food choices that continue to feed the fire.
5 signs your child may have inflammation in the gut:
- Emotional dysregulation
- Digestive problems (e.g. constipation, smelly gas, diarrhea, stomach aches)
- Check rash
- Reflux / heartburn
- Odd behavior around foods (e.g. certain cravings)
If your child exhibits these symptoms, dietary changes can be a cost-minimal approach to address the underlying problem of inflammation.
3 quick (not promising easy) changes to reduce inflammation:
- Remove foods with artificial flavors and coloring. You can keep buying pre-made but select less processed options.
- Remove gluten for a minimum of 3 weeks (up to a couple months). Signs of food intolerance often show up within 4 hours of re-introduction.
- Remove dairy (same as above).
Do you want to get in touch with a Naturopathic Doctor experienced in helping parents and children set up a therapeutic diet? Contact Dr. Andrew Litchy through his website http://neighborhoodnaturopathic.com or by phone 612-259-8529.
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Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you next time for Mad2Glad Parenting Tip of the Week.