Today’s Toolkit Tuesday episode is an important one because we’ll be talking about one of my favourite tools as a nutritionist, the Digestion Cheat Sheet. We all know how important digestion is in our children’s overall health and the topic is near and dear to my heart because as a nutritionist, I know we may go to great lengths to find the perfect combination of foods and nutrients for our children, but if they aren't digesting them properly, then we’re not going to see any benefits of that great diet that we’ve worked so hard to achieve for them.
We also know without optimal digestive function, it can and most likely will impact our gut microbiome which impacts so many parts of our overall health and wellbeing. For so many of our children, their gut microbiome is not functioning properly which leads to why I created the Digestion Cheat Sheet and how it can be a helpful tool for you and your practitioners.
Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the My Child Will Thrive Toolkit and how to access these free tools, here’s some more information.
The Toolkit includes:
- Researched and field tested guides, tracking tools, checklists and cheat sheets allow you to get to the root of what is causing your child's challenges. so that you don't waste time creating them yourself.
- Videos to walk you through some of the more challenging topics you will need to learn to help identify what your child needs.
- Using The My Child Will Thrive Tool Kit gives you a head start so you can focus on what is most important – your child!
I recommend watching the video on YouTube (see below on this page) to see the Digestion Cheat Sheet as I walk you through it. I hope you enjoy this episode!
One of the most common questions I get here at My Child Will Thrive is why do I need to keep a food journal for my child? Having a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder usually comes with a lot of frustrating nights searching the web to find something that may help your child and the idea of keeping a detailed journal can seem daunting. I remember spending countless hours researching ways to help my child and keeping a food journal was one of the best things I did not only for our family, but for our practitioners to get an inside look at what was happening in my child’s day-to-day food intake and digestion.
In today’s podcast, I share with you why keeping a journal is so important, why food, mood, digestion and hydration are so important to track and an upcoming implementation workshop I have where you can ask in-depth questions using my Food Mood Sleep and Poop Journal that is part of the My Child Will Thrive Tool Kit. I created this tool kit for parents just like you who want to gain confidence and clarity that they are making the best choices for their child based on their unique circumstances so that they can make forward progress faster.
I hope you enjoy today’s podcast episode about why you should be keeping a food journal! Let me know if there are any other topics you’d like for me to talk about on the My Child Will Thrive podcast.
Zinc is a mineral that is often found to be deficient in children with symptoms of ADHD. Zinc deficiency may affect cognitive development by alterations in attention, activity, neuropsychological behaviour and motor development. Zinc and copper levels must be in balance and have shown to correlate to ADHD symptoms when the ratio is low. Studies have shown that when children are supplemented with zinc, it decreases hyperactive, impulsivity and poor socialization behaviours.
Magnesium is another mineral that is more frequently found to be deficient in children with symptoms of ADHD than in healthy children. In particular, studies have found magnesium deficiencies in children with hyperactivity, distractibility, and disruptive behaviour. Supplementing with magnesium has been shown to decrease hyperactivity, in particular, in children with ADHD.
A deficiency in magnesium has also been shown to induce anxiety, which often accompanies the symptoms of ADHD.Supplementing with magnesium reduces the symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Understanding the role of magnesium in the body, what causes its deficiency, and how to correct the deficiency is essential to helping our children with ADHD thrive.
On today’s podcast, I decided to revisit the topic of digestion. Good digestion is a fundamental piece of the puzzle impacting our children's’ health. Understanding how digestion is supposed to work and what happens when it doesn’t work properly will give you clarity on what is contributing to or is a roadblock to making meaningful progress in your child’s healing.
The importance of good digestion is one of the first topics I wrote about when I started My Child Will Thrive. If you have listened to today’s podcast but want a written refresher, you can review what I talked about by reading Is Poor Digestion Sabotaging Diet Efforts With Your Child and The Sabotage of Poor Digestion and How To Fix It.