5 Dietary changes we made to help our daughter cope with asthma
As a Mom you of course only want the best for your children and would gladly take any of their pain away, if you could. Most of us take the ability to breathe in and breathe out for granted…it is so natural we don’t even think about it. Well, what happens when this ability is a struggle?
I will never forget the night, when my daughter lay in her bed gasping – barely able to take in enough air into her little body. I was pregnant at the time with our third baby and our eldest daughter was sleeping soundly in her room. Panic started to creep in as we picked up the phone to call telehealth. After hanging up the phone, my husband rushed her to the hospital. Normally, the procedure is to wait in triage, but because her oxygen levels were dangerously low, she was admitted immediately. She is my feisty child, so as the nurses are working hard to put an oxygen mask on her and inserting tubes in her nose, she is quickly ripping them out. Tension, fear, worry, anxiety and tears were all on the invite list that night.
The next 48 hours were scary and exhausting. After being assessed by doctors, my daughter was diagnosed with asthma. After her oxygen levels returned to normal, we were sent home with 2 puffers, information on how to manage the triggers of asthma and how to take the medication. What was neglected was how to start to heal the body. At that point in time, I vowed that I would change things to help her heal through food.
Within a year, we drastically reduced the amount she needed her puffers (to almost never), even though her physical activities increased.
So what did we do?
The biggest culprit of all! In one fell swoop sugar can paralyze your immune system for up to 12 hours, increase inflammation anywhere in the body, reduce your amazing capabilities of your microbiome (your gut), …..and worst of all leave you craving more and sweeter things! One might say a drug….you can make your own call on that one. Children on average are consuming over a 100 grams per day! Sugar strips the body of nutrients and over time can create dis-eases in the body. We allowed our kids 1 treat day a week, in which they could choose anything they wanted.
Unfortunately our wheat today is not what our ancestors consumed. Our bodies cannot process this grain efficiently or effectively, creating excess mucus which inhibits nutrient absorption. Many processed and refined foods contain wheat and its derivatives.
One of the biggest marketing campaigns I have ever seen! When dairy is pasteurized, it loses enzymes needed to break down the dairy, bad bacteria is eliminated, along with the good bacteria and 50% of the calcium is lost. Dairy is extremely mucus forming and can increase the acidity levels in our bodies, leading to inflammation.
A seed that is a staple in my pantry! A mucilaginous seed extremely healing for the digestive tract, it contains calcium, magnesium, fibre, and omega 3 essential fats. Definitely a heavy hitter when it comes to relieving the toxic load on the body, by absorbing and flushing out the unnecessary “dirt”.
We have been so scared of fats, and well, yes the hydrogenated, rancid, processed fats are definitely ones to be scared of! However, the good fats found in nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut oil and fish are a benefit for every single cell of our bodies. These good fats support healing, reduce cravings, boost the immune system and support the nervous system.
I would love to hear from you! Have you recently changed your diet due to health issues? What was helpful for you?
Does your child suffer from low energy, mood swings, digestive upset, allergies, or attention issues? Are you confused about what to feed your child so they can thrive? If so, then join me on Thursday January 21st starting at 6:30pm for a FREE class on how to support your child’s immune system naturally.