Asthmatic children have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers causing a ‘flare-up’ where the muscles around the airways squeeze tight.  This causes the airways to swell and become narrow making it harder to breathe.  A children’s asthmatic flare-up can happen slowly, over weeks or very quickly, within minutes.  The sudden or severe asthma flare-up is called a children’s asthma attack. Childhood asthma can cause taxing daily symptoms that interfere with sports, play, school and sleep.  Triggers can include children’s food allergies, inhaling airborne pollen, catching a cold and childhood respiratory infections.  Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Asthma include: ✅ Shortness...

ELIMINATION PHASE To trial the low FODMAP diet, all high-FODMAP foods need to be eliminated or ‘Rested’ from the diet for at least two weeks, until there has been a significant reduction in symptoms. Relevant symptoms should be monitored and recorded using my Food & Symptom Diary on a daily basis. Read What are FODMAPS to get a detailed list of foods in each FODMAP category that should be avoided. Where quantities are given, these foods should be avoided only above the given dose. Many alternative foods can be consumed while following a low FODMAP diet, which I have listed...

“FODMAP” is the acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols, a group of short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols (polyols). These nutrients are ubiquitous in the diet.   The key FODMAPs are: ✅ Oligosaccharides - such as fructans/ fructo-oligosaccharides (found in grains and vegetables) and galactans/galacto-oligosaccharides (found in legumes). ✅ Disaccharides - such as lactose (found in milk). ✅ Monosaccharides - such as fructose (found in fruit). ✅ Polyols - such as sorbitol (found in sweetened products).   WHAT EFFECT DO FODMAPS HAVE IN THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM? Susceptible children can experience intestinal symptoms from ingestion of FODMAPs for a number of reasons: ✅ The carbohydrates are not well absorbed into...

  Why feed your child a breakfast cereal that has less nutritional value than the cardboard box it is stored in? Avoiding the popular highly processed breakfast cereals that line the supermarket shelves is the first step in supporting the health of your child’s gut and immune system.  Many parents would be horrified to know that many of the top selling breakfast cereals are full of sugar, artificial flavours and colours and can contain as much sugar as a packet of chips.  In fact, you would be better off eating the cereals cardboard box. Replacing these highly processed cereals with a wholefood option...

  A wholesome lunch will ensure they can focus and concentrate in their afternoon lessons. Throwing together a healthy lunch that you know your child will enjoy can be the vain of parent’s life.  It can be easy to fall into the trap of not putting much thought into your child’s lunch especially with the mad rush to get out the door each morning. For a growing child, placing just as much emphasis on what you are going to feed your child for lunch is just as important as the decision you make regarding a wholesome dinner.  You wouldn’t feel happy...

  We are constantly exposed to foreign bodies from the environment, with the respiratory system, digestive system and skin all providing a barrier to protect us from the outside world. Ordinarily, the immune system does an amazing job detecting these foreign bodies and neutralising them so that they do not cause harm to our body. However, for some kids, their immune system has an abnormal response that causes unwanted symptoms. When this happens we refer to these substances as ‘allergens’. Fortunately, with targeted treatment, the allergic process can be modified, helping your child to become less reactive to substances they have always...

If you want to substitute traditional white flour in your favourite recipes, the following guide will help you. Please note, it's not always easy to swap around flour alternatives. In some recipes you may need a little more liquid. If the mixture needs thickening, you may need to add addition starch such as cornstarch, arrowroot powder or tapioca. Have fun experimenting with your recipes and use the following as a loose guideline.   For every 1 cup of white flour, substitute with the following...

Here is an easy way to substitute eggs if your child is allergic or needs to avoid them. Please note, if a recipe requires more than two eggs, these substitutes will not be as effective.   CHIA SEEDS 1 tablespoon (15ml) chia seeds + 4 tablespoons (60ml) water = 1 egg Allow to rest for 10 minutes   GROUND FLAXSEEDS 1 tablespoon (15ml) ground flaxseeds + 3 tablespoons = 1 egg Allow to rest for 10 minutes   Banana 1/2 medium banana = 1 egg   Applesauce 1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened apple sauce = 1 egg   Naturopathy Can Help With the Following Childhood Conditions Fiona provides tailored health plans based on a multitude of factors relevant...

The easiest way to prepare your family a delicious, simple and nourishing meal is to have a well-stocked pantry. It’s easy to whip up a nutritious meal without using packet sauces. It's satisfying and inexpensive to make a salad dressing from scratch or a quick snack when you have the basics on hand. Stocking up on everything all at once can be expensive, so buy 1 or 2 things each week. Here’s a list of my pantry basics, the top 5 are the ones I recommend you start with. My Top 5 ingredients Good quality celtic sea salt (greyish...

Protein is an essential macronutrient for children of all age groups. It not only helps the body build, maintain, and repair cells, but it’s also important a robust immune system and all of the body’s muscles, including their heart.    Protein requirements change as your child gets older but how much do they need?.   A good rule of thumb is that kids need the thickness and the size of the palm of their hand with each meal.   Very active children may need a little more protein, but kids generally don’t need as much protein as an adult.   If you’re worried about your child is not...

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