Has your child ever experienced unexplained sickness in the middle of the night or after nap time? Have you ever eaten something and within about twenty minutes you feel absolutely terrible?
I have. When my oldest was young she would randomly get sick during sleep. It was either in the middle of the night or occasionally after a nap. The only link I had was after eating chicken nuggets she got sick. Now she did not always get sick off of them, but when she randomly got sick with no other symptoms or fever, it was after eating a lot of the fake fried food that week. This got me to thinking her immune system must not like that stuff. So I would limit the nuggets more and more and she pretty much never got randomly sick again.
I also noticed that I did not feel well after consuming certain foods and a few years later I discovered I have many food sensitivities and a few allergies. Over the years of eliminating problem foods from my diet I was able to cure my chronic migraine headaches, joint pain and IBS. I have learned a whole lot about proper nutrition and the foods that can either help us or harm us. Here is an interesting fact I learned- there is a lot of evidence out there suggesting that auto-immune disorders and even autism are often linked to gastrointestinal ailments, and that these issues can be sourced from food and even inherited genetically!
The following article was very informative to me, linking food sensitivities and autism.
“A study by the University of California Davis Health System found that children with autism born in the 1990s were more likely to have gastrointestinal problems, including constipation, diarrhea and vomiting, than autistic children who were born in the early 1980s. Some people use the GFCF diet mainly to address gastrointestinal problems and food allergies or sensitivities. According to one theory, some people with autism spectrum disorders cannot properly digest gluten and casein, which form peptides, or substances that act like opiates in their bodies. The peptides then alter the person’s behavior, perceptions, and responses to his environment. Some scientists now believe that peptides trigger an unusual immune system response in certain people. Research in the U.S. and Europe has found peptides in the urine of a significant number of children with autism. A doctor can order a urinary peptide test to see if proteins are being digested properly. A researcher at the New Jersey Medical School’s Autism Center found that autistic children were more likely to have abnormal immune responses to milk, soy and wheat than typically-developing children, according to a chapter in Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012.” Information received from http://www.autismweb.com/diet.htm>
The reason I wanted to share this with you is because many times people do not think that some of their medical issues could be a reaction to food. Doctors often do not talk with their patients about nutrition.
I believe from personal experience, it really does matter what we consume and feed to our children! It is important for us to listen to our bodies. They are not supposed to be sick all the time!
So here are 3 Things You Can Do If You Don’t Feel Well After Eating;
- Take Note- Jot down what food you just consumed and what kind of reaction or symptom you encountered. Was it upset stomach or a headache? Was it gas or bloating or maybe sudden diarrhea? What level of ‘pain’ was it? Keep this in a food journal for a week. If you are still having problems, see if you can pin point time of day the problem started or where- like a restaurant.
- Family History- See if there are other members of the family that are suffering from medical issues, gastrointestinal problems, food sensitivities or allergies, learning or behavior issues Many times there are links between family members and physical problems. It is up to us to talk about it and investigate more.
- Eliminate what you CRAVE- If you seem to love bacon, but every time you eat it, you have a major problem, this may be a sign. If you cannot eat ice cream without cramping and feeling terrible, you may have a problem! If you adore bread and can’t imagine life without it, but often feel tired, bloated and sore or stiff, even though you exercise, you may have a problem with this food! Start eliminating the stuff you crave and see what happens. Refer back to the food journal and see if you stop eating dairy for example, how you feel.
These are three of the quickest ways you can see whether or not you or your child has a food intolerance which can lead to a host of other problems (such as auto-immune disorders if left unresolved). Why not take the time to check it out now?
One of the biggest things I remember about going gluten free was my “brain fog” lifting. I had the ability to listen better, I got jokes faster than before, I was able to remember things again-(you know like not putting the cereal in the fridge and milk in the pantry) and I literally could respond faster to everything. I felt like I was 16 again!
Now that I have this knowledge, I am better able to function in my life and I can control how my children function. Gastrointestinal issues are usually inherited and I have the responsibility to my children to see to it that they do not experience these abnormal immune responses to food like I did. I am making it my mission to learn all I can about my body, food and the way people respond to food. You never know, it just may prevent your child from a diagnosis of autism, ADHD or a learning disability, or you from arthritis at the ripe old age of 38!
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