Ever wondered why there is such an increase in food allergies and behavioural problems in our kids today? Would you believe that much of it has to do with their gut?
I touched a little on how our kids’ health has changed in the last 40 years earlier in the month… but one of the main contributors to these changes is the prevalence of a little-known condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Leaky gut is an inflammation of the gut wall, which allows toxins and larger than normal food particles into the bloodstream. This triggers a person’s immune system to respond in a number of different ways with far-reaching consequences.
It may not seem too dangerous, but leaky gut actually contributes to a huge range of conditions like autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, ADD, ADHD, autism, food allergies and intolerances, skin conditions and asthma.
Signs your child might have leaky gut syndrome include:
- Digestive distress
- Variable stools (diarrhea and/or constipation)
- Food allergies
- Chronic sinus infections
- Poor concentration
- Behavioural problems
Causes of leaky gut syndrome
- Diet high in refined sugar
- Preservatives and chemicals in processed foods
- Consumption of gluten
- Infection with parasites
- Chronic stress
- Caesarian birth
- Not being breast-fed
What to do if you believe your child has leaky gut syndrome:
- Diet is the cornerstone in helping to heal and repair the gut. The first thing I’d suggest is to put your child on a low-inflammatory diet by removing gluten, dairy, additives, preservatives and processed sugar for three months.
- During this time, it is important to try and encourage them to eat fermented foods, as well as taking pre- and pro-biotics. These contain living enzymes and encourage a healthy environment in the digestive tract. A great treat for kids is coconut yogurt made with probiotics.
- Have your child tested for food intolerances to find out what foods are best for your child to be eating.
If you think your child may be affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome and would like to know more or make an appointment to see how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (02) 4961 4075.
Yours in health,
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