By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
There is nothing that most loving parents would not do for their child. It is our natural instinct to want to give our kids the very best. If you have a child that has autism, you may be inclined even more to make sure that your child does not lack anything especially opportunities that will affect him or her in the long run.
It has been estimated that at least a third or more children that have autism also have an autoimmune condition. What is autoimmunity? In a nutshell, it is when the immune system confuses the body’s healthy tissues as invaders or the enemy and starts to attack itself. This vicious cycle causes inflammation, and the inflammation affects the autistic brain in many ways. In turn, diet can also affect how inflammation is played out in the body.
The big question today is, “What diet should my autistic child follow?” There are a few diets out there that one should consider for their autistic child’s health and improvement. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a nutritionist, and neurologist developed a protocol for especially for autism spectrum disorders and other health issues. Many people see positive results most likely because it promotes gut health and most diseases do start in the gut. The Paleo diet is another good option for autism because it eliminates many of the inflammatory foods and assists in healing the gut as well.
You may be able to control certain triggers or autism symptoms through dietary adjustments and making some environmental changes. Most parents have been able to see improvement in their child’s symptoms simply by eliminating foods like gluten, sugar, and artificial food dyes. We understand that dietary changes can seem overwhelming when dealing with autism and we want to help. There is hope for you and your child. If you are not sure where to start or just need help getting started, give our office a call today! We will help you discover what diet is best for your child’s individual needs!
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About Jenny: Jenny McGruther is a wife, mother and cooking instructor specializing in real and traditional foods. You can find her first book, The Nourished Kitchen features more than 160 wholesome, traditional foods recipes., Says, C., Says, H., Says, J., Says, L., Says, D., . . . Says, M. (2016, August 09). Why Everyone is Talking about the GAPS Diet. Retrieved February 05, 2017, from http://nourishedkitchen.com