10 Easy Ways to Prevent ADHD

1. Eat organic produce, especially if you are pregnant or considering having children. Organic produce complies with strict pesticide regulations and it doesn't have the synthetic compounds found in genetically modified crops.

2. Wash, wash, wash conventional produce. Though it doesn't remove all the residue, it at least will help.

3. Eat food that is in season. Food that is shipped or trucked in from far away is often treated with chemicals or preservatives.

4. Buy natural cleaning products. Petroleum is the main component in most dish-washing liquids and detergents. Some even contain suspected hormone disruptors. Use healthful cleaning products, such as Ecover, or a home-made solution of vinegar, water and lemon juice.

5. Avoid plastic. Bisphenol A (present in infant feeding bottles) and phthalates (present in children's toys) are serious hormone disrupters. They can deform sex organs among other things.

6. Avoid air fresheners. Aerosol propellants contain tiny particles which burrow in human lungs, as well as flammable and nerve-damaging ingredients. Instead of spraying Febreeze, open a window, dust or sweep.

7. Avoid Petroleum-based fragrances. Natural fragrances made with actual flower, fruit and plant-based extracts are available.

8. Clean household supplies. Use water-based varnishes and glues, paints, stain removers, sealants and adhesives. Avoid rooms that have been recently painted.

9. Avoid preservatives and food dyes. Preservatives such as BHA, BHT, TBHQ are especially detrimental. Consumption of food dyes has increased almost threefold since the 1980s, rising from 6.4 million pounds in 1985 to more than 17.9 million pounds in 2005. European Parliament passed legislation requiring labels on foods containing dyes to warn that they “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledged in its journal, AAP Grand Rounds that “a trial of preservative-free, food coloring-free diet is a reasonable intervention” for hyperactive children.

10. Get a food allergy test. A simple and cost-effect food allergy test can quickly determine which offending foods may be causing behavioral, mental and physical issues in your child.

IBD/IBS Relief: What you Need to Know about Feeling Better

“IBS symptoms in one quarter of patients may be caused or exacerbated by one or more dietary components.” This is a direct quote from a journal article in PubMed published by the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Do you suffer from IBD or IBS? Do you feel sick or suffer from chronic discomforts that no one has been able to diagnose? You may have an undetected food allergy.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is the immune systems response to a protein usually found in a food, such as peanuts, eggs, wheat or milk that your system perceives as a foreign body. Most food allergies are acquired, not inherited but some people develop sensitivities due to repeated exposure. Some people react when the irritant is in large quantities, while others react to pesticides and herbicides combining with the natural chemicals in food. Whatever the cause, the result is the same - a compromised immune system and general discomfort.

Though many medical professionals speak about slight diet alterations to relieve IBS symptoms, we need to investigate whether a specific food group is a direct cause. We need to ask not only how to relieve discomfort, but how to remove it entirely.

A 3-Step Solution for Digestive Health: Testing Methods for Food Allergies

Digestive Health Ann Arbor’s 3-step method offers relief from food allergy symptoms and digestive disorders. 
1. Discover what foods  are triggers. 
2. Exclude the trigger food completely from our diet. 
3. Nourish stressed systems with supplements and enzymes.
But how do we know what foods cause us trouble? If we suspect a food allergy contributes to our poor health, must we complete a tedious elimination diet for a month? Fortunately, technology has paved the way for rapid and accurate techniques. 
RAST Blood Test
Most doctors perform RAST examinations (short for radioallergosorbent test). RAST results show only acute immune reactions to food. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health we complete this test along side the ELISA blood test for more complete results.
ELISA Blood Test 
The most comprehensive digestive diagnostic tool is the ELISA blood test, which examines your body’s reaction to 96 different food allergens including gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and peanuts, and more. This simple test also allows health professionals to efficiently check for the severity of allergies, ranging from IgE (most severe), IgA (moderate) and IgG (least severe). Sound too easy? Since 70% of the immune system is located in our digestive tract, removing trigger foods can lead to radical improvements in our well-being. It is time to transform our search for solutions and it is time for solutions that will transform us.