We’ve already talked a lot about REAL food, and the right REAL food for YOU. But just to recap: There’s no one right diet for everyone. Food needs to be tailored to meet your needs. While lab testing is ideal to tailor your child’s diet, it’s not always possible due to cost and practitioner accessibility. Our Menu Plan Program (grab your FREE trial below) will walk you through a 1, 2, 3 phased approach to tailoring your child’s diet, including how to eliminate the most common foods stressing children with health issues: gluten, dairy, and sugar. We’ll cover sugar later (woot, woot!), for now let’s recap the deal-e-o with gluten and dairy.
Gluten and Dairy Can Be a REAL Problem
Gluten and dairy can be REAL (grown as nature intended); they can also be highly packaged and processed. But swallow this, even the highest quality gluten and dairy can cause your child problems in 2 ways:
- Her immune system overreacts to gluten and/or dairy and/or
- Her digestive system can’t break down gluten and/or dairy
Let’s examine how the digestive system can’t break down gluten and/or dairy. I cover how the immune system overreacts to gluten and/or dairy in Gluten and Dairy Can Be a REAL Problem, Part 1
Undigested Proteins: Gut & Brain Disrupters
The purpose of our digestive system is to digest (breakdown) and absorb the food we eat, so we can feed our cells. Pretty basic. These are the cells that make up our heart, brain, liver, kidney, etc. Pretty important I’d say! But what happens when your digestive army goes on strike? Hmmm. Let’s find out.
Our digestive army includes a group of proteins called enzymes. Enzymes are eating machines, munching and breaking down our food into smaller micronutrients so they can “squeeeze” through our intestinal wall and get to our hungry cells. But sometimes there’s just not enough enzymes to get the job done!
You likely know someone with lactose intolerance (not enough lactase enzyme), which translates into some not so pleasant symptoms a half an hour to 2 hours after eating dairy. It sort of feels like someone blowing up your intestines with a bicycle pump. Whoa! Not good. Lactose is the sugar that occurs naturally in dairy. So it’s a problem with digesting dairy sugar.
It’s pretty easy to tell if you’re lactose intolerant because your symptoms are so closely related in time to eating dairy. But when it’s a problem with digesting the dairy or gluten protein (not sugar), the symptoms are delayed like food intolerances, making it impossible to discover if the gluten and/or dairy you’re eating is having a hard time being digested.
Who cares if gluten and dairy is properly digested anyway? I know, it seems a little ridiculous to be so meticulous. But for some people, improperly digested gluten and dairy can produce all kinds of symptoms from constipation to a “foggy-mind”. I once had a child describe removing gluten and dairy “lifted a cloud from her head”. She could finally think clearly!
Testing (see below) is ideal to tailor your child’s diet, but it’s not always possible due to cost and practitioner accessibility. We’re working on building a practitioner database for you, so stay tuned! In the meantime…
- Move from packaged, processed food to REAL food that grows as nature intended.
- Grab a FREE copy of our Menu Plan Program by entering your name and email below
Our Menu Plan Program will walk you through a 1, 2, 3 phased approach to tailoring your child’s diet, including how to eliminate gluten and dairy!
Whoa! This is a lot.
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
You’re not alone.
We’ll get there…together!
A.C.T. (Action Changes Things):
You can urine test your child to see if he has a problem digesting dairy/gluten proteins.
I use Great Plains Laboratory’s Gluten/Casein Peptide Test.
Contact them to find a practitioner in your area who uses their lab and and can order you the test.
And if your child is stuck in unhappy places, with wheezing, constipation, headaches, inattention or (you fill in the blank) – what’s your greatest obstacle (if any) to picking up the phone and calling Great Plains Laboratory today?
I’d love to know…
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