How Your Child's Diet Contributes to His or Her Emotional Well-being

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Are you concerned about what your child eats? Do you ever feel foggy, like your brain won't work? Maybe you often feel tired cranky, anxious or depressed. This can be a challenge for adults, but it's especially tough for young people, including children. 

On this week's episode of our Get Ready to Learn radio show, Cindy Putman talks about out how eating a healthy diet can affect your child’s physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Marty Merritt and Sarah Nelson of Naturally Nelson's Farm share information about how a healthy lifestyle can change the course of your life.

Have you ever heard of the GAPS diet? It was created by the mother of a child with autism. Specifically, it was meant for children who suffer from autism or other autoimmune disorders. The gaps diet is a diet of healing that takes place in your gut.

You may have heard people refer to a leaky gut or a severe digestive disorder. Lots of important functions happen in your gut and it's more than just a place for your belly.

If your gut is healthy, it should be producing natural probiotics that help keep inflammation in check. Gaps diet stands for gut and psychology syndrome.

What is going on in your gut can affect the way you feel, as well as your emotional and mental well-being. When your gut is not healthy, this is usually related to the accumulation of toxins or lack of healthy organisms that should be there.  

Brain fog is caused by an accumulation of toxins in your brain.  Your environment, your genetic makeup and the food choices you make can contribute in a positive or negative way to your overall well-being. There are many things you can do to have a healthy gut. One is to eat plain yogurt that is sugar free. Kefir or other fermented foods are also helpful and can contribute probiotics that may repair your gut.

Soil based organisms (SBO) grow in dirt and they can also support a healthy gut. If you are a parent or a caregiver you can make some simple changes that can help the children in your lives.

Begin by trying to add whole fresh natural foods that are locally grown to your table. Try to eliminate processed foods and avoid drinking lots of sugary drinks.

Get daily exercise. A simple walk around the block can help clear your mind and give you an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your child.

What you and your family eat contributes to your health, but so do the lifestyle choices you make. Remember when you improve your gut you improve your life.

In this week's show, Cindy will also talk about the importance of instilling a sense of empathy in your child. Did you know children who are raised in homes with animals are shown to have more empathy in their lives? If you don't own a pet, there are many organizations that will allow you to Foster an animal for a period of time.

Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

Dr. Marti Merritt, LCP

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Merritt is also a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) nutritionist.

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