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FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Food, Nutrition and Kids! WORDS SUZI LE FANUE

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hese days it seems so many more children are suffering with autism spectrum disorders, ADD or ADHD, temper tantrums and general moodiness. Personally I would rather not label them, the truth of the matter is children’s behaviour is changing, and you have to wonder why? There are many theories based around it, let’s look at two of the many primary areas that I would focus on addressing. Have you heard of pyroluria? It is a metabolic condition where the person does not optimally absorb or utilise key nutrients that are needed for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. This happens when the body produces molecules called pyrroles. These pyrroles act like magnets to many vitamins and minerals. Children with pyroluria may present with agitation, anxiety, bed wetting, clenching jaw, lack of focus, frequent tantrums, overwhelmed easily,

afraid of groups, eczema and poor sleeping patterns. The reason is these are influenced by neurotransmitters, however, with pyroluria the balance can be thrown out as a result of nutrient imbalance. My husband was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD as a child, we have had him tested as an adult and no surprise he had a high pyrrole reading. As an adult he has responded amazingly well using the pyrrole treatment of nutritional supplementation of vitamin B6 and zinc, I only wish it was tested when he was younger. This is an area of my work that I am incredibly interested in because so many of my patients have pyroluria. A simple urine sample is all that is needed to test pyrrole levels. Treat the gut World renowned Dr Natasha McBride, author of Gut & Psychology Syndrome (also known as GAPS) treats an array of childhood conditions like those listed above purely by addressing the digestive function of the child.

The program usually comprises of bone broths, fermented foods and the elimination of foods like grains. She is a pioneer in this area, the protocol is very similar to what I offer children and families daily in the clinic. So why do we address the gut? Easy – bacteria influence the mind, the gut influences your neurotransmitters and the gut is where we absorb nutrients. There are countless strains of bacteria that are documented to influence the function of the brain, for this reason correcting any digestive problems is so important. I would usually encourage this through stool testing and then balancing the gut flora through probiotic supplementation, dietary changes and fermented foods. These few areas are just the tip of the iceberg. Areas like the child’s immunity, heavy metals, histamine levels, life circumstances, pre existing conditions like autoimmune disease all need to be addressed. integratedwellnessclinic.com.au

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Holistic bliss april vol 56  

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Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast