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The Reason Why Diet Changes and Detoxes Don’t Often Work

Updated Jul 8, 2024

Reviewed By: PJ Howland

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Does this sound like you?

You’ve poured your heart and soul into helping your child heal from chronic health issues. You’ve meticulously planned their diet, eliminated countless food triggers, and gone through round after round detoxes and cleanses.

To make matters worse, your sensory overwhelmed child struggles mightily with the texture and chewing process of large, macronutrient dense foods like proteins and healthy fats, and then getting them to swallow or take their supplements is a daily battle as well. You know they need it so you charge on, but it’s anything but a smooth and simple process. 

And yet, despite your efforts, your child is still struggling with gut issues, immune challenges, behavioral and emotional dysregulation, and other persistent symptoms.

If this situation feels painfully familiar, you are far from alone. Countless dedicated parents find themselves in the same boat, having exhausted every dietary intervention and natural remedy in the book, only to watch their child continue to battle chronic health problems. 

You’ve read everything about the gut-brain connection and microbiome, and you know that if you can just get their gut health to improve and limit the inflammation, you should see better behavior and improved emotional regulation.

It’s a frustrating, exhausting cycle that leaves you feeling defeated and desperate for answers.

What if you overlooked a crucial factor in your child’s healing journey despite your best intentions and tireless efforts?

Let’s discuss how Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care is helping children break free from chronic illness and achieve optimal health and healing by addressing this missing link that so often is hidden in plain sight

The Limitations of Diet Changes and Detoxes

While diet changes and detoxes are important for optimal health, they may not be enough for complete healing. This is because they often fail to address a critical underlying issue: nervous system dysregulation and vagus nerve dysfunction in children.

Currently, about 22% of children have a chronic condition, and this number is increasing. From digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions to neurological challenges and developmental delays, more children are dealing with complex, persistent symptoms that cannot be resolved with traditional medical approaches.

Faced with a lack of answers and support from the traditional healthcare system, parents are increasingly turning to alternative approaches to help their children heal. 

Diet changes and detoxes have emerged as two of the most popular interventions, with countless families overhauling their meal plans and investing in expensive supplement protocols in the hopes of finding relief.

Despite efforts to improve children’s health through diet and detox, many still struggle with chronic symptoms. The reason lies in the “Perfect Storm,” a combination of factors that disrupt the nervous system and hinder healing.

The “Perfect Storm”: The Root Cause of Chronic Health Issues

To understand why diet changes and detoxes often fail to resolve chronic pediatric health challenges, we first need to examine the “Perfect Storm.” This refers to a combination of factors that, when combined, create the ideal conditions for the development of chronic illness in children.

One of the key elements of the “Perfect Storm” is high-stress pregnancies. When a mother experiences significant stress, anxiety, or trauma during pregnancy, it can have a profound impact on the developing nervous system of her unborn child. Maternal stress hormones, such as cortisol, can cross the placenta and alter the delicate balance of the fetus’s developing brain and nervous system, setting the stage for future health challenges.

Another critical factor in the “Perfect Storm” is birth trauma and interventions. Procedures such as C-sections, forceps deliveries, and vacuum extractions can cause physical strain and injury to the delicate tissues of the newborn’s neck and brainstem region, which houses and protects the vagus nerve and serves as “Air Traffic Control” for the autonomic and central nervous system. 

These injuries can create subluxations which disrupt the vital communication between the brain and the body, much of which is directed by the vagus nerve, and interfere with proper nervous system function and overall neurodevelopment. When left unaddressed, this dysfunction can cause dysautonomia, leading to an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system is crucial in regulating many of the body’s vital functions, including digestion, immune response, and overall health. When dysautonomia occurs due to subluxation, it can lead to a wide range of health challenges, including:

  • Digestive issues, such as reflux, constipation, eczema, elimination issues, and food sensitivities or intolerances
  • Immune dysfunction, leading to frequent illnesses and autoimmune conditions
  • Neurological and developmental delays, including gross and fine motor challenges 
  • Behavioral and emotional regulation difficulties

To truly help children overcome chronic health challenges and achieve optimal wellness, we must find ways to address the nervous system dysfunction at the core of the “Perfect Storm.” 

If these foundational issues of subluxation, dysregulation, dysautonomia, and vagus nerve dysfunction are not addressed first, then the amazing benefits of diet changes, detoxes, supplements, and so forth will be severely limited since optimal gut function is so dependent on nervous system function. 

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care is providing a groundbreaking solution to this complex problem, offering hope and healing to families that have been struggling to find answers.

The Gut-Brain Connection: How Nervous System Dysfunction Impacts Digestion

One of the most profound ways nervous system dysfunction can impact a child’s health is through the gut-brain connection. The autonomic nervous system plays a critical role in regulating digestive function, controlling everything from the secretion of digestive enzymes to the movement of food through the intestines.

When subluxation, dysregulation, and dysautonomia disrupt the delicate balance of the autonomic nervous system, it can lead to various digestive issues. Children may experience symptoms such as:

These digestive challenges can significantly impact a child’s overall health and well-being, affecting their ability to absorb essential nutrients, maintain a healthy gut microbiome, and regulate their immune system.

The nervous system controls what are termed primary functions of the gut: absorption, assimilation, elimination, and so forth. That means that if the nervous system is overstressed and out of balance, even healthy macronutrients consumed can’t always be absorbed and assimilated, and toxins and so forth will not be fully eliminated. 

Signs of a Dysregulated Nervous System

  • Frequent spitting up or vomiting in infants
  • Difficulty latching or feeding
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Eczema and frequent skin rashes or irritation
  • Sensitivity to certain foods or textures
  • Behavioral issues related to meal times

If your child is experiencing persistent digestive issues despite dietary changes and detoxes, it may be a sign that their nervous system needs support. Addressing the nervous system dysfunction can be key to unlocking complete gut healing and restoring optimal health.

Introducing Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

At PX Docs, we understand that achieving optimal health for children requires a holistic, multifaceted approach that addresses each layer of the root cause of chronic health issues. That’s why we’ve pioneered a groundbreaking approach called Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care, which targets the underlying nervous system dysfunction at the heart of the “Perfect Storm.”

Our network of highly trained and experienced Pediatric Chiropractors use state-of-the-art technology, including INSiGHT Scans, to accurately detect and measure nervous system dysfunction in children. These specialized scans allow us to pinpoint subluxations’ exact location and severity, providing a roadmap for targeted, effective care.

Armed with this detailed information, our doctors deliver gentle, precise adjustments designed to restore communication and proper function to the vagus nerve and nervous system overall. By removing interference and allowing the nervous system to communicate effectively with the rest of the body, Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care helps create the optimal conditions for healing and wellness, including gut function and detoxification.

The Benefits of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care for Gut Health

One of the most remarkable benefits of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care is its ability to support and enhance gut health. By addressing the underlying nervous system dysfunction that can disrupt the gut-brain connection, chiropractic care can help to:

  • Improve digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Reduce inflammation in the gut and throughout the body
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Promote regular bowel movements
  • Alleviate symptoms of reflux, constipation, and other digestive issues

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care benefits children by improving gut health, overall well-being, sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and promoting healthy brain development. 

PX Docs have seen children experience significant health improvements, including resolved digestive issues, strengthened immune systems, improved behavior, and better emotional regulation through this approach.

More Ways to Support Gut Health

While Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care is a powerful tool for supporting gut health and overall wellness, we also recognize the importance of a holistic, integrative approach to pediatric care.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, parents can continue implementing positive dietary changes and other complementary therapies for their child’s unique needs.

Some additional strategies for supporting gut health in children may include:

  • Incorporating probiotic-rich foods or supplements to support a healthy gut microbiome
  • Prioritizing nutrient-dense, whole foods and minimizing processed and inflammatory ingredients
  • Engaging in regular physical activity and outdoor play to promote healthy digestion and stress reduction
  • Practicing stress-management techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga

By addressing the root cause of these challenges through Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care and supporting the body’s innate wisdom to heal, countless children experience profound transformations in their health and quality of life. From resolved digestive issues and strengthened immune systems to improved behavior and emotional regulation, the positive impact of this holistic approach cannot be overstated.

If you are ready to take the next step in your child’s healing journey, look at the PX Docs directory and connect with a qualified practitioner in your area. 

Remember, you are not alone in this journey! 

With the right support, guidance, and care, your child can overcome even the most challenging health issues and thrive in all aspects of their life. Let us help you pave the way for a brighter, healthier future for your child and your entire family!

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