Put Your Child On a Healing Journey
If you’re an exhausted parent trying to understand why your child is struggling, you are not alone. I frequently hear the following from the parents I work with:
My 16 year old can’t concentrate or complete his homework. He’s always tired with a foggy brain.
My 14 year old daughter is hyper obsessed with food and her body to the point of starving herself and will only eat 12 foods.
I’m afraid of my 9 year old son. He’s hyper, full of anger and rage, and flies off the handle at the smallest problem.
As a family we’ve gone dairy and gluten-free but my daughter and son still have high anxiety and OCD. I’m so confused about what is and isn’t healthy, and I’m afraid I’m feeding them the wrong foods.
Diet has a tremendous impact on your child’s behavior and perceptions because processed foods lead to something called cognitive intoxification.
As an example, if you fill a tube with water then add sugar, you begin the recipe for the production of alcohol.
All you need is yeast and guess what? Yeast line the gastrointestinal tract and are often out of control in children with ADHD, OCD, learning challenges, eating disorders, autism, and behavior disorders.
With sugar and water, yeast begins to ferment, which is how alcohol is made. When this happens, the yeast produces toxins that affect your child’s brain, which then leads to irregular behavior, specifically problems with hyperactivity, an inability to concentrate, emotional disruption, and defiant behavior. And with these sugar highs, come crashing lows that look like depression and fatigue.
I see this in infants, toddlers, and teenagers alike.
Sadly, the typical standard American family diet is comprised of mostly processed foods that contain chemicals and morphine-like substances that have proven opioid effects (excitotoxins) on the brain. In-N-Out burgers with fries, pizza, McDonald’s chicken nuggets, Oreo cookies, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream affect every aspect of your child’s life including mood, behavior, and perceptions. If these foods make you feel terrible, just think for a moment how a growing child’s brain would feel on them.
Gluten-free products aren’t much better and are mostly clever food marketing. Keep in mind that 40% of the time meals labeled gluten-free in restaurants still have gluten in them, and 20-80% of the products labeled gluten-free in grocery stores contain gluten. This is why I’m not a fan of them and why many of the people that come to me for guidance have not seen improvement on a gluten-free diet alone.
In fact, several years ago, General Mills came under fire for labeling their dry cereal Cheerios (among others) as gluten-free. When people starting having severe reactions to these products, testing confirmed they indeed contained high amounts of gluten. If you’ve tried a gluten-free diet with little success, this is probably the reason why.
Diet does make a difference in your child’s ability to think, feel and act in a healthy way, but it’s one piece of the puzzle. We must also understand what their unique biochemical blueprint is, too. This is important because depending on your child’s chemical imbalances, not every whole food that comes from the ground will be appropriate for them.
Take copper for example, it’s very common for children to be overloaded with copper, especially those with autism, hyperactivity, and behavior challenges. As a conductor of energy, copper lowers dopamine and increases norepinephrine in the brain. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter needed for attention, learning, and emotional responses. Norepinephrine is a regulator of attention and impulsivity.
A gluten, dairy, and sugar-free diet is an important starting point, but we must also correct the high copper by focusing on low copper foods and nutrients for healing to occur. The same holds true for under and over methylation, zinc deficiency, and Pyrrole disorder, also called pyroluria. Gut inflammation is also an important factor to look at in children because microbial changes can also impact their behavior and perceptions, as I shared previously about yeast.
Nutrition Counseling To Help Your Child Thrive
Throughout my childhood, I struggled terribly with depression, anxiety, and OCD, so I’m a strong advocate for children. Had I known I was copper toxic and undermethylated, my childhood would’ve been very different.
Nutrition Therapy For Children
If you’re an exhausted parent looking for answers, please know healing is always possible. With some simple lab tests and a customized plan, we can create a therapeutic partnership for your child.
Results Lead to Better Health
Healing stories are powerful. Read how I’ve helped children over the years.
Since my daughter started her supplements and changed her diet, she is a new person. She is able to focus, multitask and is a totally different person, in a great way.
Now our son is looking into our eyes, calling us mom and dad, sleeping through the night and playing outside in the sunlight. We still have a way to go but Rex is healing and shedding his symptoms of autism.
Sami’s advice and experience in nutrition therapy has been invaluable as well as very successful in our daughter’s ADHD, OCD, and eating disorder recovery process.