5 Ways to Reduce Your Child's Meltdowns

January 14, 2019

5 Ways to Reduce Your Child's Meltdowns

Temper Tantrums! Inappropriate outbursts! Meltdowns! Oh my!


You know what we’re talking about -- that moment your child decides to throw a fit for no apparent reason, or for a reason that doesn’t quite make sense.


This is a common occurrence for most children; however, when you add neurosensory differences on top of it, the meltdowns can seem uncontrollable. At MaxGen Labs, we understand your situation and want you to know that there are a few genes that may be the driving force behind the extreme behavior. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do, as a parent, to minimize the reactions. If you haven’t been doing these things already, take a look at your child’s genetics and try them out when appropriate:


  1. Forget the cheese (and other aged foods). Your child probably loves cheese, but it may be the biggest culprit in creating his or her mood swings. A gene called MAO is in charge of breaking down neurotransmitters, chemicals that control emotional stability and motivation. For some people, aged foods (cheese, kombucha, yogurt, kraut, etc.) can cause an imbalance within this gene function, creating the inability for the child to control his or her emotional reaction. Cutting out aged foods may be the simple solution to balance your child’s brain chemistry.


  1. Avoid artificial food dyes. Not only do artificial food dyes feed bad gut bacteria, they also interfere with histamine control. Variations within the HNMT gene can create sensitivities to artificial food dyes, causing increased anxiety, anger, and impulsivity. Swap these fake ingredients for natural food colorings, such as beet powder and paprika, when possible.


  1. Throw away the folic acid. You were probably told to take folic acid while pregnant, but that synthetic form of vitamin B9 may increase behavior issues due to the MTHFR gene. Folic acid is not readily metabolized into a usable form of folate when variations of the gene are present. Folate is an important nutrient that lends itself to an entire cascade called methylation. This biochemical process plays a role in everything from neurotransmitter production to detoxification. When your child takes vitamins or eats foods that contain folic acid, he or she will miss proper folate activity.


  1. Eat organic foods. Your child may be exceptionally sensitive to pesticides due to the PON1 gene variation. When he or she eats foods that are not organic, the toxic response to pesticides often involves inflammation, which will drive emotional reactions. You can minimize exposure to pesticides by choosing organic foods, especially for meats and thin-skinned produce.


  1. Eat liver. This may not sound appetizing, but consuming cooked liver or taking a desiccated liver supplement may increase your child’s ability to stabilize mood. Vitamin A is a critical nutrient for neurological control, and it is found most readily in organ meats. While we typically assume orange veggies are ideal for beta-carotene (inactive form of vitamin A), the BCMO1 gene variant reduces our ability to eat a carrot and absorb vitamin A. Instead, we can go straight to the source of usable vitamin A by eating liver. This fat-soluble vitamin will boost the immune system, stabilize emotional health, and aid in tissue regeneration, all of which are important for your growing child.


There are several action steps parents can take to minimize the rollercoaster of emotional responses a child feels each day. If you want to get specific information about how your child naturally processes foods, environmental toxins, hormones, and vitamins, our MaxFunction Panel can help. We provide detailed reports based on your child’s genetics that can help you create a healthy lifestyle. Your child’s future is just a cheek swab away!

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