Part 2 – The Value and Function of Each Vitamin and Mineral

Minerals needed by the bodyIn part 1 of this 2 part series, I promised you that I would summarize the value and function of each mineral, so that is exactly what I am going to do. By reading over these descriptions, you can form ideas as to which ones you or your child might be deficient in and which ones you might have a sufficient amount of.

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Minimizing and Eliminating Allergies Part 3 of 3

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In this blog series on Food Allergies, you learned to discern the difference between food sensitivities and allergies as well as some of the symptoms or conditions caused by adverse reactions to foods (part 1), and how to detect the culprit foods and which foods present the most common challenges in babies (part 2).  In this last post of the series, you will learn what to do to minimize and eliminate food sensitivities and allergies. All of this information is covered in more detail in my first book “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids.

All adverse reactions to foods cause inflammation in the body. Food sensitivities and allergies cause the gut lining to be inflamed, which subsequently makes it hard for vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed. Inflammation is behind all illness. I want to briefly discuss the link between inflammation and illness, by using gluten as an example. A recently written book, “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD does an excellent job of explaining that gluten is behind almost every inflammatory condition, especially those involving the brain. “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis discusses how gluten causes obesity, one of the conditions caused by inflammation. Many well-known authors have shown the link between gluten and arthritis, M.S., Lupus and other diseases! Continue reading

Allergies/Sensitivities Part 2 – How to Recognize Allergy Symptoms in Babies

allergies in babiesIn my last blog post, we talked about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities and why it is crucial to find out if your child is affected. In this 2nd of 3 posts, we’ll talk about how to recognize allergy symptoms in babies.

Dr. Doris Rapp, a guest on Oprah’s show, has been a pediatric allergist since 1960. She has done incredible research on food sensitivities and allergies affecting children and has written numerous books on the subject. Her observations of reactions to foods i.e. symptoms, starting in the womb, are quite fascinating.
Don’t we often wonder why our babies kick us or have the hiccups when in the womb? And why do our babies become agitated shortly after we feed them? Dr. Rapp says “I have known unborn babies who would hiccup or kick hard enough in the womb to bruise the mother. These mothers should think of what they ate half an hour before the baby started to act this way. If they do, they may be able to figure out what is bothering the baby down in the uterus. One woman found that every time she ate a cannoli her baby began to kick her. The baby was having a prenatal allergic reaction and was attempting to tell the mother not to eat cannolis. The same thing might happen after the baby is born. If a baby is totally breast-feeding and that baby becomes agitated after feeding, that mother should ask herself what she ate the previous meal. The food can come through the breast milk and make the baby sick.” Good Food, Good Mood quotes Dr. Rapp on page 13.

Babies cannot be allergic to breast milk but they can certainly be allergic to the food that that mother has eaten and passed through her breast milk. My daughter, Taylor, had projectile vomiting the first time I consumed dairy and then breast-fed her. What are other symptoms in babies that can be caused by allergies?

  • Colic
  • Excessive drooling
  • Spit-up
  • Diarrhea/Constipation
  • Diaper rashes or any skin rashes
  • Chronic runny rose
  • Multiple ear infections
  • Poor sleeping
  • Frequent coughing/colds
  • Pale face
  • Excessive thirst

What are the most common foods to which babies react adversely?

  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Sugar
  • Soy
  • Chocolate
  • Chemicals i.e. chlorine, food dye, additives, etc.
  • Citrus
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Caffeine
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries

But a baby can react adversely to any food. Rice cereal is becoming a common allergen for many of today’s babies. We are also seeing babies react to sweet potatoes and carrots, presumably due to the high sugar content in these foods. No food is exempt from causing a reaction.

What is the most accurate way to determine the food(s) to which your child is reacting? Keeping a food and symptom journal over an extended period of time is the ONLY fool-proof method for determining your baby’s culprit food(s). This involves recording what your baby has consumed on their own or in your breast milk and any resulting symptoms within 24 hours of consumption. The journal will show the patterns e.g. every time he has pureed strawberries, he gets a rash on his cheeks.

Every time your baby is exposed to a food that they don’t agree with, they cannot properly absorb the vitamins and minerals from that food and symptoms result. Please do all that you can to determine and avoid your baby’s culprit food(s)! I am always here to help you if you need me!

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Causes and Help for Combatting Stress in Your Child

stressed kidsHere are some of the causes of stress, the impact of stress on the body, how to know if your child is stressed and a few unique ideas for combating stress. Only you, the parent, can help your child combat their stress.

Some of the Causes of Stress

Children certainly feel stress and anxiety. Many children are actually more sensitive to things being out of balance than are adults. Over-scheduling, working parents, social media and peer pressure, combined with a general lack of exercise are only some of the causes of this stress. High consumption of white sugar, white flour products and other refined foods also stress the body. If your child is eating foods to which they are sensitive, this also increases the stress levels in their body.

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10 Ways to Use Your Body as a Road Map

body map Every aspect of our bodies can tell us a story about our physical and emotional wellbeing – a road map so to speak.  Here are 10 ways to use the wealth of information our bodies share with us about our physical wellness:

Nails – Longitudinal ridges could represent a Vitamin A, protein or calcium deficiency or a thyroid or circulation challenge.  Longitudinal lines could represent malabsorption, which means that vitamins and minerals are not being properly absorbed.  Horizontal ridges come about after a fever, infection, inflammation, menstrual problems or a period of protein deficiency or they can be caused by malnutrition.  White spots on the nails can be caused by a calcium or zinc deficiency.  Peeling nails can be caused from a zinc or essential fatty acid deficiency.  Chronic nail chipping is usually damage from household chemicals.

Feet and toes – Fungus under the toe nails is usually caused by a fungal infection (Vitamin B deficiency) or candida.  Very dry feet can be caused by a lack of essential fatty acids (EFA) or hypothyroidism.  Cold feet are another sign of hypothyroidism.

Tongue – A white coated tongue can be caused by intestinal putrification or candida.  White patches on the tongue can be attributed to a deficiency of B Vitamins.  A sore red tongue can be caused by a folic acid or Vitamin B deficiency.  A purplish red tongue often results when there is a Vitamin B5 deficiency.

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What is Causing Today’s Children to be Malnourished?

Sick Child With HeadacheOn Sat July 13th, The Observer announced that British child death rates are ‘a major crisis,’ stating that five children are dying a day due to lack of pediatric skills and a shortage of pediatric consultants.  It also stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there are 6,198 preventable deaths a year among children up to 14 across 14 European countries, which could be avoided if they tackled children’s health.  Generations ago, children did not need access to pediatric consultants, did they?  So what has changed?  What is causing today’s children to be malnourished? And unfortunately, malnutrition is rampant.

When the majority of the world has more access to healthy food than ever before, why are today’s children suffering so much and even dying?  The majority of adults do not understand the importance of feeding themselves and their children healthy food.   Generations ago, we did not need to understand the importance of healthy eating.  Our fruits and vegetables were made in nutrient rich soil, which contained more vitamins and minerals than even our organic fruits and vegetables do today.  We didn’t have drugs that deplete our bodies of good bacteria needed to prevent all symptoms, conditions and disease.  Chemicals did not exist in our food, water or air.  Flours, sugars and cow’s milk were not refined or pasteurized, depleting them of necessary nutrients and digestive enzymes.   Electro-magnetic radiation did not exist because there were no computers, televisions or cell phones.  Even alcohol and cigarettes were more pure as they didn’t have added chemicals (For more information on the toxicity of today’s world, please see my prior post: Why are the children of today so sick?).

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4 Tips and 4 Food Ideas for Picky Eaters

iStock_000005862776XSmallOn July 4th, a Fussy Foodie seminar was held at Nature’s Emporium by Andrew Muto (chef extraordinaire) and Nanny Robino (who used to star on The Mom’s Show and now works for Slice Television).  I will endeavour to summarize the numerous, excellent ideas that were shared at the seminar.  Here are 4 important tips for picky eaters:

1.  When parents make an issue out of food, food becomes an issue for their child.  If a child knows that their parent wants them to eat a certain food or more of a food, more times than not, that child will refuse to cooperate; this is simply one area of their lives where they have control – let’s face it, there aren’t many.  Therefore, it is paramount that parents say nothing when their children refuse a food or refuse more food.

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9 Ways to Cleanse The Body and Eliminate Toxins

ThirstyAs a Pediatric Nutritionist, I often counsel parents on ways they can raise a healthy child. It isn’t just about how we feed our children but how we help them cleanse their bodies and eliminate toxins as well.

The 4 most important ways in which to raise a healthy child are to:

  1. Remove the foods to which your child is reacting adversely.
  2. Provide your child with good bacteria (probiotics).
  3. Feed your child healthy, good quality, clean and alive food.
  4. Ensure that your child is eliminating the toxins from their body.

Simply complying with steps 1-3 listed above, helps keep your child’s body free of toxins.  But there are additional ways for cleansing your child’s body of toxins.  The body is most supportive of cleanses in the springtime because the body naturally wants to lighten its load once the warmer weather comes.

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12 Little Known Facts about Commonly Eaten Foods

bigstock-Child-with-oranges-Happy-litt-44724220People are often surprised to learn these 12 little known facts about foods they commonly eat. I thought I would share these with you this week.

Did you know?

  • Oats do not contain gluten however they are made in facilities where they become tainted with wheat/gluten.  If you are looking for gluten free oats, the package needs to say ‘made in a wheat free facility.’
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Drugs for ADHD – Side Effects and Repercussions

bigstock-Student-daydreaming-16442717ADD/ADHD is North America’s leading childhood psychiatric disorder. When the following behaviour is pervasive and continues for at least 6 months, children are usually diagnosed with ADD/ADHD:

  • Restless
  • Fidgets and squirms
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Failure to follow through on instructions and failure to complete homework
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others
  • Blurts out answers
  • Loses or forgets important things
  • Talks excessively
  • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to directly

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