Lesson 4: 4 Key Areas to Address

4 key areas to address

#1 The Gut Bacteria

The collection of bacteria that live in the gut is called the microbiome. An essential part of addressing food reactions is increasing the diversity of your gut microbiome. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Feed your child’s gut bacteria: feed your child food rich in prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds good bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics can be found in non-gluten grains, seeds, and starchy vegetables.
  • Expose your child to different microbes: let your child play in the dirt, let them play sports, let them play with pets, and generally encourage them to have an active lifestyle. Activities like hiking and camping together are all things that contribute to a diverse microbiome.
  • Get the right probiotics on board: You may already be using probiotics, but are you using the right strain? There are specific strains for different conditions, including asthma, peanut allergies, and so on. So do your research and make sure you are using the right strain for your child's allergies.

#2 Digestive Enzymes

Several food sensitivities and intolerances are a result of the body not producing enough enzymes to help break down food properly.

For example, lactose intolerance is a result of having too little of the enzyme that breaks down lactose. A holistic solution for this is to enhance the body's ability to produce the enzymes that break down these specific foods properly.

You can also purchase a digestive enzyme for children that can be taken with meals. My favorite food enzyme for children is Klaire Labs Vital-Zymes Chewable Digestive Enzymes.

#3 Gut Barrier

 Your gut has a skin that acts as a barrier. You want the food to stay in the gut, however sometimes, the gut barrier breaks down, and molecules from the gut leak into the bloodstream.

This condition is known as leaky gut. When molecules escape the gut and make their way into the bloodstream, the body's immune system goes on the defensive and tries to fight it. The result of this can be a whole range of things, including inflammation.

#Immune Function

You want your child to have a well-regulated immune system. The immune system gradually learns what's good and what's bad. A child's immune system is still immature, so it still has a lot to learn.

Therefore, children are more prone to allergies than adults. Your role as a parent is to encourage your child's immune systems to become better-regulated. You can do this by promoting good gut health as explained above and by optimizing their vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D is essential for immune regulation and maintaining gut health. The good news is that Vitamin D is freely available from the sun, all you have to do is encourage your kids to play outside.