As a Homeopath, I am interested in what effect food has on our health. There are so many issues along the whole commercial production food chain which can badly affect our gut health.
Nutritionists have connected many health issues ranging from skin disorders, allergies and irritable bowel syndrome to psychological or neurological disorders such as autism, ADD, depression, anxiety and autoimmune disease to imbalances in the gut or 'leaky gut' which can allow toxicity and inflammation to develop throughout the body.
There are numerous articles on the internet regarding The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, which can be used therapeutically to address the issues above. If you (or your child) has serious gut, neurological, behavioural or psychological issues I recommend that you read several websites and research the information about GAPS. I have included a few links below:
There is also the book by the original GAPS author, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride:
Is there an easier way?
The whole GAPS diet is often a huge change in a family's eating plans as it eliminates grains, sugars and starches. If this feels too overwhelming, why not try making some initial changes and if these help, you will be encouraged to make further changes - you will soon become quite knowledgeable regarding what is helpful to you or your child.
What initially seems strange will soon become familiar - for example, I now automatically make oven chips and roasties with celeriac instead of potato.
1. Look closely at what you or your child eats - keep a food diary for a week and it can also be really useful to note when you experience symptoms like pain, anxiety, restlessness or aggression as this may highlight some irritant foods.
2. Look at how you might adapt the meals you have now to reduce sugar, grains and starches and increase proteins and good fats e.g. the celeriac swap.
3. Try to cook from scratch rather than eating processed foods. Bulk cook and freeze for the days when you can't cook.
4. Plan ahead! Make a menu plan for the week (helps with shopping and budgeting!).
5. Cut out all obvious sugars and artificial sweeteners in foods and drinks. Even by lessening the amount of squash over time, children quickly get used to the difference in taste. If your children pour their own squash, make up a diluted bottle for them to use.
6. Gluten and Caseins (milk proteins) are often other major factors. Try reducing or swapping these or buy organic milk (full-fat is better than skimmed).
7. Switch to organic meat and fish where budget allows
8. Look on the internet for articles and recipe sites for the GAPS diet. Join facebook groups for hints and tips (search GAPS in facebook).
What else can I do?
Talk to your medical team (GP/Specialist etc) about any dietary advice. Some will be more knowledgeable and supportive than others but all should support you in changing to a healthier diet.
Homeopathy supports and treats the person - addressing the symptoms and the underlying causes of illness rather than disease labels. Homeopathic treatment alongside changes in diet can often be a winning combination.
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