Help, my child has accidentally consumed a food source of glutamate. How can I help them calm down?!?
We’ve all been there before and I am convinced I actually have some sort of PTSD from negative reactions like this. Immediately* following a dietary infraction, we give a capsule of activated charcoal (opened and poured into a glass of water…it will turn the water black). We also make an effort to increase fibrous vegetables and water consumption to help detox on a cellular level. If you find yourself in a bit of crisis mode, take a look at this post for additional ways to lower glutamate.
Activated Charcoal: Activated Charcoal acts as a great natural binder for toxin removal. It is great to keep on hand for accidental dietary infractions, stomach bugs, detox and hangovers. You can even make a paste of it or apply it topically to whiten teeth, reduce blemishes or even as a natural deodorant. While activated charcoal can be incredibly beneficial, it is also very constipating and should be used in moderation. I also understand that it can be damaging to the gut so we personally tend to avoid ingesting this unless we’ve had an accidental dietary infraction or are managing substantial detox.
WATER! Try to get them to drink plenty of water to help flush their system.
Epsom Salts: Epsom salt baths are a great way to naturally increase magnesium levels and help the body to detox. We started with 1/4 cup of salts in a bath filled with just enough water to cover the belly button, and worked our way up in frequency from there. When in the tub, we allow for a long soak and do not rinse with fresh water following the soak. If you’re unable to take a full epsom salt bath soak, simply soaking the feet may help. Many often use baking soda or bentonite clay in this process, although we do not. If you see an increase in foul smelling gas or hyperactivity following the baths, it may be indicative of a sulfur sensitivity. Here is my recipe for what we call our Glutamate Lowering Salt Soak
Frankincense & Bergamot Essential Oil: We are not a huge essential oil family, but we became believers in them after trying frankincense and it continues to be one of our most frequently used remedies to date. Frankincense and bergamot have been studied for their neruoprotective qualities, specifically regarding glutamate. They are also hugely anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium: Magnesium is hugely important as sits on the NMDA (glutamate) glutamate receptor, can prevent excitotoxicity, calms the body by establish balance between glutamate & GABA, help stabilize mast cells, helps relieve constipation/headaches and so on. Because of these properties, it can be very important following a dietary infraction. We typically use leafy greens, squash/pumpkin seeds and other whole foods as our source of magnesium. See above comments on magnesium regarding supplementation.
Homeopathy: homeopathy is unlike traditional medicine and is hugely dependent on the state of the person and symptoms. (I would NOT advise taking these unless you’re working under the care of a practitioner) However, here are some of the remedies we’ve used to help.
Nux Vomica- While I will admit that I have not used this with my son for acute dietary infractions, I have used it for myself with good success. The primary reason I have not used it with him, is because I don’t want to stray from our overall healing progress with our practitioner. Nux vomica is a great remedy to help the body rid toxins.
Chamomilla matricaria- is our crisis mode remedy for our son as it inhibits glutamate because of its high concentration of the flavonoid, apigenin. This remedy helps to restore balance when he seems to be very overwhelmed, irritable, emotional and aggressive.