Mental Health on Children During the Pandemic.
Children Being Left Behind.

Just because your child is not ill with Covid-19 does not mean that this pandemic has not directly affected them. This goes beyond getting sick, our children’s mental, social, emotional and physical well being is being impacted. They have gone through the first wave and lock down already, they know about the uncertainty and they can see how their parents react.
I myself have a child with a learning disability and my concerns for his education, social and mental health have been amplified by the school closures.

According to the study “ Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents ” Shah K, Mann S, Singh R, et al. (August 26, 2020), 143 countries have closed schools and educational facilities worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting 1,184,126,508 learners, consisting of about 67.6% of students globally. It has forced most of these countries to turn to an online learning model. These children are experiencing further distress due to the unavailability of adequate help and attention from the trained instructors, students’ social interaction with friends and classmates and exercise are hindered, which have proven vital for the growth, development, and learning of the young human minds.

Data recently collected in Canada support the findings of this review, suggesting that child and youth mental health may be worsening. Recently-released crowdsourced data suggests that the perceived mental health of Canadian youth has declined during the pandemic, with over half (57%) of participants aged 15 to 17 reporting that their mental health was somewhat worse or much worse than it was prior to the implementation of physical distancing measures. This is supported by other StatsCan survey data, where the difference in mental health before the pandemic (2018) and during the crisis was most pronounced for younger adults; among those aged 15 to 24, 42% reported excellent or very good mental health during the pandemic, whereas 62% had reported excellent or very good mental health in 2018.

Top Triggers for Children:
Changes in Routine
Changes and adjustments in their education
Missed significant life events such as birthdays, holidays, and graduations.
Lost security and safety ( housing and food security, uncertain future, being stuck in abusive households)
Pre-existing Anxiety or mental illness

Start a conversation with you kids about covid. Ask them how they are feeling, but don’t scare them! They have enough fear and uncertainty going on in the lives right now, their world is being turned upside down, even if they don’t show it. Make sure conversations are age related and remind them its ok to feel scared or angry. Not allowing them to express their emotions or concerns will only make them hold them inside and lead to larger problems such as depression. Remember, they may be scared that their parents, grandparents, and friends will get infected with the virus.

All kids are going to be affected differently. Younger kids may become more fussy and irritable because of broken routines. They may develop separation anxiety, or even start sporadic bed wetting. Older kids may have feelings of hopelessness or become easily angered. Sleep problems in all ages may occur. Reach out to older kids but also respect their need for privacy and time alone. These side effects of disruptions of routine could also cause conflict between parents and care givers. Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) research shows 59% of parents have noted recent behavioral changes in their child ranging from outbursts or extreme irritability to drastic changes in mood, behavior or personality and difficulty sleeping/altered sleeping patterns as well as persistent sadness and more.
Be sure to contact your doctor if you are concerned at all for you child and their behavior. It is better to stay on top of any changes than to sit and wait them out to see if they will adjust, it may be too late by then.

What can you do?
1. Maintain a normal routine at home, kids do better when their activities are predictable. This includes bed times too.
2. Online school and sitting in front of a computer all day is not ideal for anyone, why would it be for a child? When school is done give them a chance to relax and clear their minds. Do fun activities and play together, or let them go out in the yard for some fresh air. Schedule some family time.
3. Talk, Listen, and encourage them to open up and share their feelings.
4. Give accurate information and answer questions calmly.
5. Be ready for a change in behavior, and be ready to seek outside help if their behavior becomes extreme or too much for them. Just like this is stressful on you, same things apply to children.
6. Reassure safety. They may understand financial stress that could happen in the house, which may cause them to worry about getting food, electricity, or a roof over their head.
6. Encourage them to reach out and connect with their friends and family via phone or video call.
7. Be a good role model. If you don’t want them to spend hours playing video games, then do something active with them.
8. Check in with your child regularly.
9. Minimize News feeds and social media that focus on negative outcomes, seeing constant negativity will promote negative emotions

Don’t Do:
1. Force your personal view or opinions on them, instead show them real facts.
2. Diminish their fears or emotions. Everyone has a right to their own feelings. Let them know you understand.
3. Take away any sense of control they may have.
4. Don’t let any changes in behavior be dismissed.
5. Everyone is experiencing stress and anxiety, don’t let your anger out on those around you.
6. Be kind and don’t discriminate because of others fears or views.

It is also important for you the parent, to take some time for yourself and self care, and seek support for your own mental health if you need it. There is no judgement for getting help and reaching out (Since we have been stay at home parents, teachers, care givers, working parents, sometimes all at the same time!). You need to be healthy and happy in order to help your kids and family be happy and healthy. Get plenty of sleep, eat a wholesome healthy diet, take nap, take a bath, watch your favorite movie, and practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation etc. You cannot forget about yourself!

These are tough times for everyone. I feel that our children have been severely forgotten about in the mist of all this craziness. They are our future, and they need the security and assurance that they aren’t alone. Please remember that all children learn differently, some may have learning disabilities, others just may need the class room environment to learn better and to stay focused. What works for one child may not work for another. This is something that needs to be stressed and focused on especially now in the world of online learning. As a mother in this situation, and a health care professional, I feel the need for assistance for these children is greater then ever. Yet, unfortunately they are being forgotten and left behind.

NOTE: Suicide rates in both adolescents and adults rise during times of high stress, and this is one of those times. No symptoms or behavior change should be dismissed. Not all those who are depressed will think of suicide, but you cant risk the life of you loved ones and children because they aren’t talking about it. This is a serious matter and it is critical to make sure you keep them safe. If you are concerned at all about depression or suicide you need to seek the help of medical professionals immediately.

Sources…/…/parental-resource-kit/index.html…/38703-impact-of-covid-19-on……/Raising+Canada+Report… ( informative study)

My Research Paper On Depression

Depression in the New Age
By Sarah Bezaire

Depression is a mental illness affects the whole body, not just ones mood.  It affects the nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior.  How you perceive yourself, affecting social interactions and withdrawing from society, along with the way you eat and sleep.  The main cause of depression is still unknown, but many factors can contribute and trigger the condition.  Some triggers can include stress, tension, traumatic life event, a hyper stimulated immune system, chemical imbalances in the brain, thyroid disorders, poor diet, nutrition deficiencies , blood sugar imbalances, and food allergies. A surprising 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental health problems or illness per year, and it is experienced twice as likely in women then men. There are 20 million American’s who suffer from clinical depression each year, and more than 30 million American’s who take antidepressants.  The massive number of 81% of adults experience major depression at some point in their life.  These numbers alone prove that mental health has become a great concern in the majority of people’s lives.  

The American Psychiatric Society estimates that most cases of depression can be treated effectively, but 80% of people who suffer from depression do not get the help they need. This can be reasons due to symptoms of feeling too tired and lethargic that they cant get themselves out of the house, or feelings of being ashamed.  The taboo nature of mental illness has come a long way, unfortunately there are many who still hide their condition out of embarrassment. In most cases, those with major depression do not seek help until after they have a break down , or when they are hospitalized.  Heredity Is a significant factor in this disorder.  In up to 50% of people suffering from recurrent episodes of depression, one or both parents also experience depression.

Depression can vary in degrees of severity from mild to severe, acute to long term, and symptoms can last for years.  A chronic condition is diagnosed if it has persisted for at least a month or more. By definition clinical depression is based on the following symptoms: poor appetite, weight loss, insomnia, lack of motivation or increased motivation, lost of interest in pleasures, low sex drive, fatigue, worthlessness, unable to concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of suicide or obsession with death.   Mild depression is also known as dysthymia – a chronic but less sever type of depression –  and for a official diagnosis a person must be depressed for two years or more (one year for children or adolescents) and may experience symptoms such as low self-esteem, hopelessness, lack of interest in ordinary pleasures, withdrawal from social activities, fatigue, guilt, irritability or aggressive anger, lessened productivity, difficulty concentrating or making decisions.  Another category of depression is Bipolar disorder, as it usually begins with depression.  As symptoms progress they involve alternating episodes of depression and mania. Mania is described as abnormally and persistently elevated mood, energy, restlessness, or irritability. Therefore Bipolar disorder is also referred to as Manic Depression.  Bipolar disorder requires different treatment than major depression or dysthymia, a accurate diagnosis is extremely important.
There are some individuals who only really experience depression during the winter months, triggered by the changes in the amount of sunlight as there are shorter days. According to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, this change in season upsets our biological clock and disrupts neurotransmitters in the brain.  This form of depression is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Woman are more like to experience SAD than men.  
With modern day medicine doctors or psychiatrists diagnose depression and prescribe one or more of an antidepressant drug.  These prescriptions do work but not without a number of side effects, or getting to the root cause of the illness.   Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) have serious side affects including but not limited to fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia, weight gain, low libido and erectile dysfunction, muscle aches, nervousness, dizziness, light headed and diarrhea. Theses medications are also highly addictive.  
Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) , work by keeping the levels of serotonin high by preventing the serotonin from being reabsorbed, leading to higher levels of serotonin in the synapses.  There are less side effects for most people, but between 10-15% of people experience nausea, insomnia, headache, tremor, anxiety, dry mouth, excessive sweating, nervousness, and more.  These drugs have been shown to flatten moods, sometimes too much, to the point of a “zombie like” state.  There has been studies published in 2006 suggesting  that SSRIs might increase the risk of death in people with cardiovascular disease . Noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitors (NARI) are also another class of antidepressants .  The are designed to keep adrenaline in circulation.
Antidepressants should be used as a last resort as they don’t actually “fix” the problem and the underlying root cause of depression.  An alarming finding is that 25% of people taking antidepressants do not have depression or a diagnosed psychiatric problem. Nutrients, herbs, and cognitive behavior therapy should be used as first steps in addressing the illness.  There is no guarantee these medications will work and the side effects are troubling, yet all these neurotransmitters are directly influenced by nutrition.  Never stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor, as some of the drugs have sever withdrawal effects.

Serotonin is a important neurotransmitter that is the responsible for our mood,  feelings of well being, and happiness. The lower the level of serotonin in the brain the more like you are to experience depression.  As soon as serotonin is released ,enzymes break it down or work to uptake the serotonin back into the brain cells.  Tryptophan is an amino acid and is the first step in the production of serotonin, and research has shown that individuals with depression have low tryptophan in their body.   Tryptophan is converted into 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), another amino acid. It  has been shown to have antidepressant effect, better then SSRIs and with less side effects.  In the body 5-HTP is directly converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Without adequate amount of tryptophan in the diet this neurotransmitter producing process cannot happen. You can find tryptophan in foods such as turkey, eggs, cheese, beans, and beef.  

Common imbalances connected to nutrition that can worsen your mood and motivation include: blood sugar imbalances, thyroid imbalances,  deficiencies in nutrients, deficiency of aminio acids tryptophan and tyrosine, allergies and sensitivities.  
One of the key dietary goals is to ensure blood sugar stability as the brain requires a constant supply of glucose. The brain can consume up to 40% of all carbohydrates you consume in a day, and it is the organ that uses the most glucose in the body. Hypoglycemia – a condition due to low blood sugar – must be avoided. Several studies have shown to be common in depressed individuals, along with symptoms of anxiety, crying spells, insomnia, forgetfulness, digestive disturbances and irritability.  When refined sugars are consumed the body responds to the sudden change in glucose levels by releasing insulin, which escorts sugar out into the cells.  Any excess glucose gets stored in the liver and muscles.  With excess sugar stored away there is not enough glucose in the blood for optimal function. The body responds by producing and releasing adrenaline into its system, causing an rise and fall of unbalanced hormones. If adrenaline is moderately high for too long a time, people can feel anxious, and a rapid drop feels like a panic attack.   Simply eliminating refined carbohydrates from the diet, and consuming complex carbohydrates, that take longer to digest and do not spike blood glucose levels , is occasionally all that is necessary for effective therapy who have depression due to hypoglycemia.  Along with consuming small meals every 2-3 hours of natural wholesome foods, each containing protein and fiber, to help keep your blood glucose levels stable through out the day.

Often the first sign of early manifestation of hypothyroidism, low thyroid gland function, is depression. Thyroid hormones are important to the digestive break down and absorption of essential nutrients, including tyrosine. If tyrosine cannot get to the brain effectively mental confusion, emotional and physical apathy, and unwanted weight gain could result.  It also cannot go on to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. Without proper thyroid function the brain’s neurotransmitters cannot alter your moods effectively.  

Depression has been linked to food allergies for more then 65 years, and they are one of the most common causes of depression. When an individual has a food allergy or intolerance food cannot be digested or absorbed properly, so malnutrition sets in. The symptoms of digestive upset, bowel problems, headaches, lethargy, colon cancer, diabetes, depression, and manic depression, is a result of the good-mood nutrients that are responsible for regulating our moods not being absorbed effectively or at all.  A common symptom in people with hidden food allergy is depression that is unresponsive to antidepressant prescription drugs.  Low levels of serotonin and/or noradrenalin can also be found in allergic patients. By eliminating food allergens such as gluten or dairy, from the diet can result in the restoration of normal brain chemistry, along with digestive system recovery, and potentially in relief from depression.
Environmental toxins from air pollution to heavy metals can negativity affect mental health.  Anti-nutrients are substances that inhibit the body’s ability to absorb or use essential nutrients, or promote loss of essential nutrients from the body.  Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum, as well as some food coloring’s, MSG, solvents, pesticide and herbicides attack the nervous system and are very damaging. A high intake of anti-nutrients has been associated with mood swings, poor attention span, depression, apathy, insomnia, impaired memory and intellectual performance, and many more psychological and neurological symptoms.

Proper nutrition is an important foundation to any mental health program.  A deficiency in any single nutrient can alter brain function and lead to anxiety and depression. Specific nutrients are needed in the body for proper neurotransmitter synthesis and function.  
Tryptophan is critical when it comes to treating depression as consumption of this amino acid is the first step to the production of the critical mood boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
Studies show that supplementing tryptophan leads to an increase in the synthesis of serotonin in the brain, improving mood as well as some antidepressant drugs.  You need 1g for low mood, and up to 3g a day for depression, taken on a empty stomach or preferably with a carbohydrate food such as fruit, since carbohydrate help its absorption. This is because tryptophan in the bloodstream competes with all other amino acids in protein, so little gets across into the brain barrier.  When you eat it with a carbohydrate food such as a piece of fruit , this causes insulin to be released into the bloodstream, where it carries tryptophan into the brain.  Foods that naturally contain tryptophan include turkey, beef, eggs, cheese, and beans.
While supplementing tryptohan has been proven as an effective way to treat depression, another effective way would be to supplement 5-hyroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP.  It is the second part of the conversion process in producing serotonin.  During a double -blinded trial done by Dr. Walter Poldinger in Switzerland, it was found that those taking 5-HTP has a greater improvement in the following areas – depression, anxiety, insomnia and physical symptoms, as well as the patients self assessment. This was using 300mg of 5-HTP for six weeks, and it outperformed the SSRI antidepressant Fluvoxamine with significantly fewer side effects.  
In some individuals antidepressant drugs can cause an overload of serotonin called “serotonin syndrome”. Symptoms of this includes feeling overheated, high blood pressure, twitching, cramping dizziness, and disorientation.  Therefor it is not recommended taking 5-HTP if you are already on SSRI medication.  A recommended dosage of 50mg three times a day of 5-HTP supplement can greatly benefit those who are suffering with depression. It is important that 5-HTP not be taken when on SSRI’s, as this can cause serotonin syndrome in some people.
Another important amino acid is Tyrosine, as is needed for proper brain function. It is directly associated with the production of dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine. It is also the primarily component of the pleasure promoting chemical enkephalins (cousin of endorphin’s), which contributes to a overall sense of well being.

Our brains need fats, in fact our brain is composed of 60 percent fat. Essential fatty acids are part of the myelin, they build the brains neuronal connections along with receptor sites for neurotransmitters, and are used to make prostaglandins, which are active hormone like substances, along with helping insulin to work.  Severe depression and manic depression can successfully be treated with omega 3 fatty acids. The higher your blood levels of omega 3 the more likely your serotonin levels will be higher too.
Fish fat is full of EPA and DHA, the best sources being wild salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, and mackerel. Flaxseed is a vegetarian option for essential fatty acid intake, but the fats in it come form of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which has to be worked over by certain enzymes that 2/3 of us don’t have that decline in age.   Consuming fish twice a week, seeds most days, consume omega 3  fish oils containing EPA and DHA is a healthy protocol to achieve optimal levels of essential fatty acids. A supplement including 1000mg of fish oil containing EPA + DHA per day is recommended.

The B vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are the catalysts that help balance the brains neurotransmitters, and they support nerve structure and functions. They are critical for methylation , which is the process that keeps the brain chemistry in balance, since faulty mathylation, indicated by high level of homocysteine (a toxic amino acid found in the blood) is linked to depression. If you are deficient in the B vitamins you will more then likely be depressed and will be less likely to see positive results from antidepressant drugs. Folic acid is one of seven nutrients – the others being B2, B6, B12, zinc, magnesium and TMG – that help normalize homocysteine. Your daily supplement program should include 400mcg of folic acid, 10mcg of B12, and 20mg of B6.  

Chromium functions in helping insulin as well as serotonin work properly. It keeps blood sugar level in balance and insulin doesn’t work without it. Chromium is also most helpful in those with atypical depression. Individuals who suffer from this type of depression lose their appetite, don’t eat enough, lose weight and can’t sleep whereas with atypical, ultimately the opposite of typical depression.   Atypical depression affects anywhere from 25 – 42 percent of the depressed population, and more common in women.
Dr Malcolm McLeod, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, suggested that people who suffer with ‘atypical’ depression might benefit from chromium supplementation. Atypical depression studies show that 400- 600mcg of chromium a day get instant relief. Chromium levels decline with age, so the older you get the more you need to intake.  Stress also depletes chromium.
Another mineral that helps with mood is magnesium. A study by George and Karen Eby showed patients with major depression recovered rapidly, in less than a week, by taking 125-300mg of magnesium with each meal and at bedtime. Along with the depression there was improvements in other accompanying conditions such as headache, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, irritability, alcohol and tobacco abuse, and short term memory loss.  Foods containing magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nut and seeds. After the number one most deficient mineral zinc, magnesium is number two.  An ideal intake is 300 – 500mg a day.

SAM-e (S-adenosyl – L – methionine) is a natural antidepressant that is involved with methylation of important brain chemicals, including neurotransmitters and phospholipids. 
SAME-e is a chemical found naturally in every cell of our bodies and is the key to many critical cellular functions, including the production of serotonin and the three other mood regulating neurotransmitters in our brains. Levels are low in depressed patients, mainly because of poor diet, specifically when vitamin B12 and folic acid levels are low.  
It is the most well studied natural antidepressants with very few side effects. It works just as good or better then many prescription anti-depressants and works faster, typically within the first few days rather then weeks. Those with Bipolar disorder should take SAM-e only under supervision as it can cause mania in some patients.
It is recommended to take 200-600mg a day.

Alternative approaches to mental illness have been growing in popularity.  They usually have less side effects and work as well or better then conventional medicine.
St. John’s Wort – also known as the happiness herb has been found to work just as well or better then the antidepressant Prozac, and with fewer side effects. St Johns Wort has been found to raise serotonin levels even when the amino acids somehow do not. A extract containing 0.3% hypericin content (the main active ingredient in St. John’s Wort) can be supplemented at 900-1800mg per day. In severe cases, it can be combined with 5-HTP 50-100mg three times per day.
Gingko Biloba is a ancient herbal remedy that has been shown to improve short term memory, slow thinking, depression, circulation, and improves blood flow to the brain. Gingko contains two phytochemicals that have amazing healing properties. The recommended flavonoid concentration is 24% and you should take 30- 50mg, three times daily.  Please note, do not take ginkgo bilob if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for a surgery or dental procedure.
Kava Kava is known as the relaxing herb, for both muscles and emotions. It can improve mental focus, and promotes good sleep.  
Saffron Extracts  have also been shown to be effective natural antidepressants. A small study that compared the effects of saffron to the effects of fluoxetine (Prozac) and found that both produced similar improvements. Saffron petal extract at 15mg twice daily is recommended.

There are many techniques to apply outside of nutrition to help keep you mood boosted. Exercise is a key part in overcoming depression, and it can be just as effective as taking antidepressants.  Exercise for a least 30 minuets at a high intensity,  3-4 times a week. Ideally outside in the sun light and fresh air. Exercise also raises serotonin by increasing oxygen intake which is needed for the formation of serotonin from amino acids. Try to spend 15 minuets a day on relaxation and stress reduction techniques such as yoga, mediation, prayer, and visualization.
Sometimes biochemical imbalances are only part of the depression, consider talking to a psychotherapist or counsellor, as Cognitive behavior therapy will help get to the root potential problem of depression and mental illness. They can provide you with real like tools and skills to apply when you are having a episode.
Increasing your exposure to natural sunlight or using full spectrum lighting has a direct effect on raising serotonin, since light affects the pineal gland.  Sitting under a UVB bulb for around 30-60 minuets a day, within 3 feet of the bulb burning at 150-200 watts, which equals 2500 lux. On a sunny day standing outside the natural sunlight ranges from 1000,000 lux, to a cloudy winter day only getting 2000 lux. This also helps produce melatonin, your sleep hormone, considering insomnia or sleep disturbances affect those suffering from depression. It is also a great treatment for those suffering from SAD, seasonal affective disorder, as its due to changes in the amount of daylight due to the winter months.  

Don’t wait for a diagnosis to start receiving optimal nutrition right now.  Investing in a healthy nutritious lifestyle now will only help with mental health and other health concerns in the future. Consuming a wholesome diet rich in fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice, sweet potato, quinoa, etc), high in lean protein, consume omega-3 boosting fish twice a week, and fiber. All these wholesome foods will give you the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed to prevent or treat depression.  Avoiding all forms of refined sugars is extremely important. The increase in glucose in the blood from consuming these simple carbohydrates will increase your energy, but only to suffer from a quick drop in blood glucose levels, followed by fatigue and depression.

The new studies and findings about the importance of optimum nutrition for mental health illness’s cannot be dismissed.  Antidepressants and medications have so many negative side effects such as addiction and terrible withdrawal that can last years after stopping. How can we not search for a healthier way to address mental health? Nutrition therapy has come a long way, but we need more general practitioner’s and medical professional’s to look deeper into their patients biochemical imbalances that medication and antidepressants can’t permanently fix on their own.  The holistic approach of getting to the root cause of the health problem rather then just treating symptom after symptom will hopefully one day be at the forefront of treatment.  Hopefully this shift in treatment comes sooner rather then later, as daily life stress and circumstances are wreaking havoc on peoples mental health. My only hope is one day an individual suffering with depression will go to their doctor not to ask for medication, but to ask what food can they add to their diet to help them feel better.  

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Do you suffer from food allergies?

After you eat do you feel bloated, gassy, tired, lethargic, get headaches, have constipation or diarrhea, changes in mood, rashes, pain, or anxiety?

It is very possible you my have a allergy or sensitivity to the foods you are eating. I myself have food I am allergic to: wheat (celiac disease) , dairy, soy, and eggs. This picture (left) was taken the morning I was cross contaminated, and (right) 24h later. Even though it can take up to a week for the bloat to completely go away.

A allergy is a inappropriate response by the body’s immune system. Substances that provoke allergy responses are called allergens. Emotional factors such as stress and anger May aggravate allergies, especially if the immune system is not functioning properly.

Allergies can also be inherited from your parents, it is statistically likely that 1 in 3 children will have allergies if one parent does. If both parents have allergies the chances that turned children will have them also raises the 7 in 10. Some of the most common allergic foods are wheat, milk, eggs, corn, shellfish, soy, nuts, chocolate, Ect.

A person with food intolerance is unable to digest and process food correctly, usually due to the lack of a certain enzyme or enzymes. A food allergy occurs when a person’s immune system generates an antibody response to the ingested food.

Currently the only way to deal with food allergies is to avoid foods that trigger reactions. If you suspect a food allergy you can try an elimination diet. Removing all food of suspected allergy from your diet for 2 weeks, and then reintroducing each food one at a time per week. If you find your symptoms are returning then you know that food causes of an allergic reaction.

If you need help with an Elimination diet or how to adapt to a new lifestyle with an allergy or sensitivity, feel free to contact me.

Did you know your gut is your “second brain”? And it is one of the first things I address with clients when starting a program.
Your digestive system is a critical component of your health because it is where absorption of nutrients and the process of elimination takes places. If you can’t absorb the nutrients you consume then you are at a high risk for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies which can cause a whole host of health problems.
When the body doesn’t properly eliminate waste and toxins, healing simply is impossible.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. They are important for digestion and other useful functions such as preventing yeast and pathogen overgrowth, and synthesizing vitamin K. The most common probiotics are acidophuilus and bifidobacteria. Cultured or fermented foods also contain various types and amounts of beneficial bacteria.
Example of foods are: kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, umeboshi, yogurt, and cheese.