The Nutrition Connection
Parents often assume their child is properly nourished. Pediatric nutrition does not follow a “one size fits” all philosophy. Just as each child is unique, the proper nutritional balance for each child is as well. Through the patients history, exam and laboratory tests, Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP is able to create highly individualized nutritional and supplemental advisement. Parents and caregivers must teach children nutritional intelligence from an early age. For example, giving children options for food but ensuring all choices are healthy, wholesome, and organic. This enables the child to participate by allowing choices that will empower them as he or she grows older to continue making healthy choices even when you are not around to control the options. The foods we eat should be healing in nature, and it is important to introduce this concept to your child at an early age. The appreciation for healthy foods may keep your child from suffering from digestive challenges, constipation/diarrhea, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, failure to thrive, as well as becoming picky eaters.
Some parents are faced with the challenges of raising a special needs child. In many cases special needs children are nutritionally imbalanced, craving foods that feed the dysfunction in the gut leading to poor behaviors, stemming, inadequate sleep, and severe digestive challenges to name a few. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP enjoys addressing the nutritional components of illness and initiates the healing process through the use of proper nutrition, diet and supplementation.
There is an abundant amount of information a parent must have to address the nutritional deficiencies alone. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP knows firsthand the challenges of making nutrition and diet changes and spends the necessary time to educate each parent on nutritional changes with the tools to make this transition as smooth as possible.
There are many facets of nutrition to be discussed, but the following are a few that Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP addresses in each child:
- Food Sensitivity/Specific Diets: Many children have problems with digestion, including food sensitivity—particularly to casein and gluten products. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP suggests dietary changes targeted specifically for the needs of your child.
- Yeast/Bacterial Overgrowth: Children commonly suffer from yeast (Candida) and other bacteria overgrowth in their intestines. This could arise from the excessive use of antibiotics by both the children as well as their parents. Yeast interferes with the absorption of food leading to failure to thrive, poor behavior, picky eating, and severe cravings. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP does testing to identify the problem and utilizes proper natural approaches in conjunction with the recommendations of their primary doctor. Read more on yeast at ARI and www.candidafree.net
- Minerals and Vitamins: A large majority of children are deficient in minerals and vitamins such as sulphur, zinc, magnesium, iodine, potassium, vitamin C, and B vitamins. It is important to eat foods rich in these vitamins and minerals as well as organic foods as much as possible. These deficiencies are addressed with high potency vitamin/mineral supplements ordered by Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP to achieve the adequate balance necessary for your child.
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