The world that we live in has drastically changed in the last 40-50 years. As humans, we can only adapt to changes or stressors at a specific rate. Our bodies and brains have taken thousands upon thousands of years to adapt to the stresses of life and the environment around us. When our environment and life stressors change at a rapid pace, our bodies and our brains cannot keep up. The difference between the internal and external environment is the biggest problem. Externally we are throwing so many things at kids that they cannot adapt to and it creates too much internal stress and dysfunction that their brains, bodies, and their guts can’t function well. This leads to symptoms and problems in children that should have never happened in the first place.
This blog is going to address the different stressors we see in kids, give you ways to help eliminate them, and offer ways to improve your child’s overall health and life. Many of the things in this blog may be difficult to do, but many of them are also simple like changing a child’s diet or removing electronics. Although some of these things may not seem easy, they are necessary for your child to develop. Something I heard that makes a lot of sense when it comes to these stressors is picking the problems you face. Every person and every child have problems that they face when it comes to attention issues, learning issues, or behavioral issues and you can choose to solve the problem by changing their environment, changing their diet, and changing how we approach children with these issues. There are many ways to go about changing patterns of attention issues, learning disabilities, or behavioral disabilities with things like medication and therapists. But the angle that seems to help the most, is making the big impactful changes like diet and environment.
The most success that I have found at my practice is when we approach the initial issue at hand. The most common environmental toxins that affect our children’s brains and bodies come from diet, electronics, and stresses from home or school. Some of these things may be unavoidable but I am going to give you a nutritional aspect of things that have helped most with my patients. These things can sometimes be seen as controversial. I have done my research, and I have read countless books on different diets for kids with developmental issues and have implemented them in my practice to see what works. I have put kids on vegetarian diets, whole food diets, keto diets, no gluten/sugar/dairy diets, and many other types. I have studied to see what the effects have been while working on multiple different patients. What I have found is pretty simple, in almost every case where a child has behavioral issues, learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD or any other neurodevelopmental disorder, to some extent they have a sensitivity to gluten, dairy, or eggs. These are the most common markers that I find when I do food sensitivity testing, but gluten is by far the biggest issue. Clinically, symptom wise, I see the most change in kids when I remove gluten from their diets.