Struggling with gastrointestinal distress, whether it is because of autism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, constipation, or other general issues related to a genetic syndrome, remains quite common. All special needs parents face this at one time or another.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of food allergies or an intolerance, then you may find a need for natural remedies you can do at home to bring immediate relief. While it may take time, it is possible to get gut issues under control, which in turn, will improve the general health of even your special needs child.
If you have not struggled with such issues before, then it may seem foreign to just not going to the doctor and getting a prescription for your “problem.” The real issue, though, lies in the fact that healing takes time to occur, and our special needs kiddos don’t always receive the cure they need through traditional medicine. The truth is, digestion is really important, and it does not appear to be a problem until it becomes glaringly obvious, or we educate ourselves about our families’ tendency to struggle with such issues.
So, can we actually heal with natural remedies?
You bet! In fact, once we find the combination that is right for either our children’s bodies, or our own, we can actually find increased energy and wellness. The key is to stick to it, even when we feel tempted to give into the normal diet. Our family is living proof of this, and because of our total change in diet and nutrition, we rarely become sick, even with a common cold or virus.
Not only will the following ideas help heal your gut, but they will also help you provide an extra boost of nutrition back into your body….something we could all use from time to time;-)
Natural Herbal Remedies can heal your gut
You can use these herbs to make teas, oils, or tinctures. You can find them on Amazon or on other herbal websites (see side link below, or side bars on the blog).
Herbs such as peppermint, cayenne, chamomile, garlic, ginger, fennel, cat’s claw, comfrey, wild yam, bayberry, blessed thistle, dandelion, echinacea, juniper berries, myhrr, catnip, spearmint, and barberry all contain healing properties. You can purchase these as a tea and drink warm or cold.
Essential oils that also help balance the stomach acid in your gut, and thus help digestion are peppermint and lemon. Other oils are lavender and copaiba.
Food Remedies to help heal your gut
*A whole foods diet, i.e. no processed foods, organic and natural, and grass-fed or wild caught meats
*Natural sugars ONLY, particularly stevia and raw honey
*Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or nondairy yogurt
*Probably no gluten is best (wheat, rye, barley, or sometimes oats)
*Plenty of water, filtered if possible
*Papaya has a good strong enzyme to assist in digestion
*Raw organic apple cider vinegar
*Keep nuts in the bland department, such as almonds
*Raw coconut oil
* Mix cooked foods with a few raw veggies to help digestion.
Supplements to help heal your gut
*Aloe Vera gel
*Essential fatty acids, particularly Omega 3 (also known as vitamin F)
*Pepsin or HCL (hydrochloric acid) or a combination thereof for regulation of digestion
*Vitamin B complex, and a B12 sublingual for energy
*NAC or Pharmanac to help with riding toxins from cells
*HCA or Garcinia Cambogia (may help in digestion for some people)
Where Can you buy herbs, food and supplements?
You can purchase supplies at any natural health food store, however, if you cannot get to one or do not have one nearby, you can choose the following online stores for the best options for your family. These are affiliate links on this page link, but these are companies I use and recommend!
Until next time!