Many of us know how important it is to have a functional, healthy "gut flora" that will act like a barrier against diseases. What many of us don't know is that low levels of friendly gut bacteria can be inherited by children with mothers that have this disorder. Diseases like autism and chronic candidiasis are strongly related to this issue.
The book written by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" is extremely useful in describing the gut-brain connection and how autism is actually a buildup of toxicity in the body and is directly related to pathogenic bacteria in the gut. She developed a special diet (similar to the one used for chronic candidiasis) and uses specific supplements to treat autism.
Since there are cases of little children developing yeast infections, even being on a healthy diet and with no history of antibiotics, confirms the fact that low levels of friendly bacteria are "inherited". Also, children that were not breastfed and are "up to date" with vaccinations are at higher risk.
When dealing with children / adults that have low levels of friendly gut bacteria and a weak immune system (70% of our immune system resides in the gut ) it is very important to follow these steps :
- Get rid of food intolerances by eliminating high allergenic foods like gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, etc
- Eat a wide variety of foods, preferably by following the four-day rotation diet and use proper food combining. Common reactions from poor food combinations usually include fatigue, gas, stomach bloating, pain or brain fog. Some of the guidelines for food combining are : eat fruits on its own, don’t combine concentrated starches with concentrated proteins, don’t combine dairy or meat with beans and avoid drinking cold water before a meal since it suppresses gastric secretions
- Eliminate sugars, including honey, agave syrup, maple syrup and all artificial sweeteners. The only safe sweeteners in conditions that require eliminating sugar are : Stevia, Chicolin (natural chicory extract), vegetable glycerine (GMO free & coconut / palm or beet sourced ) and Yacon syrup
- Eliminate processed food and rely on nutrient dense, whole, organic foods
- Take control of your diet by eating mostly home cooked foods
- Consult with your natural practitioner and start a program of nutritional supplements like probiotics, enzymes, essential fats, immune boosters and other specific nutrients
Since all these rules might seem overwhelming, practice and a right guidance from your natural practitioner will lead you to the path of healing. Everybody is different and what works for one person might not work for the other. Learning how to listen to your body is crucial, so you can balance diet rules and get rid of the anxiety around your choices.