However, supplementing with these things, while it may be helpful for a time, doesn't explain why the deficiency occurred in the first place.
The first thing is to make sure you're getting a well-balanced nutrient-dense diet. This should be high in clean (preferably plant-based and unprocessed) protein, fiber from vegetables and fruit, and an adequate amount of high quality fats (olives, avocados, nuts, seeds, healthy oils). This gives the body all the fuel and nutrients it needs to be healthy and to heal if needed.
Sounds simple enough right? And it should be. But what if you're doing those things and still have health issues? That could mean a couple of things in regards to nutrition. First, the foods we're eating aren't nearly as nutrient-dense as they used to be even just 100 years ago. Farming practices have depleted the soil which leads to foods that are less flavorful because they don't have the minerals they used to. Organic produce will be better and is similar to the conventional produce our grandparents consumed. Since farming practices became so questionable (pesticides, herbicides, GMO's), the label "organic" was created so we'd at least know which things were farmed more naturally, like the good old days. Basically, our ancestors' food was all "organic" though that wasn't actually a thing back then.
Even better than store-bought organic produce is to buy from a local farmer (who uses natural growing methods) or to grow your own. If you're like me and are homeschooling your kids, growing a garden is a fabulous project for the family. A nice science + math + reasoning + work/P.E. opportunity. Not to mention the mental and physical benefits from working outside. My kids enjoy having their own little plots or just a section of the garden that they plant and tend themselves.
But even if you don't have space for a garden, there are options. One we have personally used and loved for many years is the Tower Garden. It's great for balconies, decks, or even inside (with grow lights). We've found that growing leafy greens is especially great in the Tower Garden. Much less bitter than in the ground. Plus it keeps things up and away from varmints who like to eat salads. :)
I would be remiss if I didn't also share a way to get even more fruits & veggies into your/your kids' body that doesn't involve eating more. Cause overeating even good things isn't recommended. We take a whole food, plant-powder-based supplement to bridge the gaps that we may not be able to get from the foods available to us. I've personally tried many different types and this one is still my favorite. Plus for each adult order, you can receive a child's supply free (plus shipping) as well. My kids love these chewables!* I do also recommend rotating your supplements, to ensure good balance in the body.
So, eating good, nutrient-dense food is vital. But what if you're eating well and/or taking supplements and you're still having symptoms?
If the gut isn't able to actually digest and assimilate those nutrients, it's a moot point. Of course, still eat healthfully, but if the gut is inflamed due to illness, imbalance (dysbiosis), food sensitivities, stress, etc., it needs to be soothed and repaired in order to get the full benefit from the foods you eat. And if there are gaps in the digestive lining ("leaky gut"), eating even healthy things may trigger an immune response in the body...and more inflammation.
There are many natural and effective ways to heal the gut. My favorites are Slippery Elm Bark powder and aloe. Both of these are inexpensive and easy to use. Of course, if you're dealing with other things like SIBO, aloe may not be the best option, so I'd recommend consulting with someone familiar with the use of these for gut healing.
Also, probiotics can help as well. But did you know that broad-spectrum probiotics are falling out of favor in lieu of more targeted strains? However, even those may not be necessary if you're taking care of your body through every day health habits. For example, exercise has been shown to improve the gut flora, similar to taking a probiotic.
So while medications or supplements may be used to treat symptoms and imbalances, there are other, more effective, options. What if instead of the health - illness - health - illness cycle where you only pay attention to your body when it's ill and treat whatever pops up, you live a lifestyle of daily healthy habits which keep the body from getting ill? Seems that instead of living a life of ups and downs of health and illness, it would be less stressful and damaging to the body to have a nice continuous balance of health.
Obviously this isn't a perfect world, so I realize we can't completely avoid illness, but I do believe we can do much more than most people do to keep our bodies healthy, so that when things happen like stress, pandemics, times when we can't get much sleep (new baby anyone?), or anything else, we are more resilient and aren't taken down so hard.
To wrap up the gut-tics-Tourette's-anxiety connection...
If the gut isn't getting enough nutrients, either due to poor nutrition, health habits, or not absorbing well, there are going to be some serious repercussions in the body which can manifest in various ways. One of the ways is that the gut won't be able to produce the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. These guys are needed for mood balance and a lack of them causes anxiety and depression. It's also related to neurological symptoms such as tics and Tourette's. Which are also related to low levels of magnesium, B-vitamins, glutathione, etc.
Basically, if the gut ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. (How's that southern grammar for ya? ;) )
And depending on all the other factors...environment, stressors, genetics, toxicity levels, the symptoms can manifest in different ways in different people. Now, since it seems there are certain symptoms and diagnoses that are increasingly common, it stands to reason that there's a connection between a more environmental and lifestyle cause than purely a genetic cause. Wouldn't you agree? So the more good things we can do for our guts (and bodies overall), the less likely we are going to have our so-called defective genetic tendencies manifest or express themselves.
But that's a topic for another day.
For now, eat well, move well, breathe deeply, and support your health (including gut health) on the daily. This is what will go the distance. And all those strange symptoms can just melt away.
If you'd like to get more specifics on how to help with these or other issues, feel free to Apply for a Free Consult (click) with me and I'd be happy to discuss what we can work on.
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