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Good nutrition for Autistic children

How good nutrition can create better learning and health in Autistic children

Jeff Candell

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Good nutrition for Autistic children

Although no single cause has been established, genetic and environmental factors have been implicated.
There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy can make a difference to children who are affected by autism. 12 Good nutrition for Autistic children... Some parents of Autistic children are choosing a naturalistic
approach to their children's condition, by choosing a gluten-free, casein free diet (GFCF).
The theory of this diet is the elimination of all foods that contain proteins gluten (found in wheat, oats, barley and rye) and casein (found in milk). What is casein (kay-sen)?
The main protein in milk and (in coagulated form)
in cheese. It is used in processed foods and in adhesives
and paints.
Found in all mammals milk. Mammals include cow, goat
sheep, yak, buffalo, camel and humans.
This would include human breast milk, even if the mother
is on a GFCFSF diet. (gluton-free, casein- free, sugar-
free) Gluten and casein free are important to autistic children because of Gastrointestinal problems such as bowel disturbances, diarrhea or constipation.
According to one theory, some children are unable to digest these proteins completely. Proteins are not broken down completely and lead to build up of opioids in body. This build up can lead to high pain tolerance, repetitive behaviors and lack of concentration. 1)Many parents of autistic adults and children have been
helped by putting together nutritional programs personalized
based upon the autistic person's health history, symptoms
and test results. Autism is a complex biological disorder. Symptoms include:
Difficulties with speech.
Abnormalities of posture or gesture.
Problems with understanding the feelings of others.
Sensory and visual misperceptions,
Fears and anxieties
Behavioral abnormalities such as
compulsive/ obsessive behaviors and habitual movements. 3)There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy
can make a big difference to autistic children.
Many have severely disrupted digestion , so a major
focus must be on restoring balance here. Autistic children suffer from digestion problems;
Some foods just don't get processed correctly
and often cause bowel irregularities.
Many parents report that their child received
repeated or prolonged courses of antibiotics
for ear or other respiratory infections during
their first year, before the diagnosis of autism.
Broad spectrum antibiotics kill good as well as
bad bacteria in the gut.
It is speculated this may be the reason for
bowel irregularities. The five areas we will look at to help
aid in good nutrition for autistic children are:
Balancing blood sugars
Increasing their fats (omega 3 fats)
Increasing vitamins and minerals
Avoiding food allergies
Improving digestion
For Autistic children who show hyper-
activity, improving blood sugar balance
is a must.
Much research confirms:
A) it is not the sugar itself , but the forms it comes in.
B)The lack of a well- balanced diet
C)Abnormal glucose metabolism in autistic children
When any child is regularly snacking on refined carbohydrates
and sweets with little or no fiber to slow the glucose
absorption, the levels of glucose in their blood will seesaw
continually and trigger wild fluctuations in their levels of
activity, concentration, focus and behavior. Increase Omega 3 fats
Deficiencies in essential fats are common
in people with autism.
Some autistic children have an enzymatic
defect that removes essential fats from
brain cell membranes more quickly than it
An autistic child is likely to need a higher
intake of these essential fats than the
average child.
It has been found that supplementing Omega 3 fats,
which come from fish, nuts and seeds
can slow the activity of the defective enzyme
and has clinically improved behavior, mood, imagination,
spontaneous speech, sleep patterns and focus. Balancing blood sugars: Increasing vitamins and minerals: Many studies have shown that adding specific
vitamins to a healthy diet can aid in stimulating
positive results in autistic children.
Vitamin B6
may help in part because many children
with autism or learning disabilities have "Pyroluria"
a condition which for genetic reasons , high levels of
compounds called "Krytopyrroles" are excreted into
the urine, causing a deficiency of zinc, and vitamin
Vitamin C
Magnesium supplements
Vitamin A, also known as Retinol
Vitamin A is essential for vision,
Vitamin A vital for building healthy cells in the gut and brain.
Best sources for Vitamin A are: breast milk, organ meats,
milk fat, fish and cod liver oil, none of which are prevalent
in our diets.
These vitamins significantly improve symptoms in most autistic children. Avoid food allergies opioid /opi•oid/ (o´pe-oid)
1. any synthetic narcotic that has opiate-like activities but is not derived from opium.
2. any of a group of naturally occurring peptides, e.g., enkephalins, that bind at or otherwise influence opiate receptors, either with opiate-like or opiate antagonist effects Improving Digestion: What is Autism Achieving a good diet One of the most significant contributing factors
in autism appears to be undesirable foods and chemicals
that often reach the brain via the bloodstream because
of faulty digestion and absorption.
Strongest direct evidence of foods linked to autism
involves wheat and dairy and the specific proteins (gluten
and casein)
These proteins are difficult to digest and especially if
introduced to early in life, may result in allergy.
Fragments of these proteins, called peptides can have
big impacts on the brain.
They can act directly in the brain mimicking the body's
own natural opioid s( such as enkephalins or endorphins)
and so are sometimes called "exorphins"
Or they can disable the enzymes that would break
down these naturally occurring compounds. Homeostasis: All these elements working together seem to help most autistic children by creating more balance in their behavior, activity, learning and digestion.
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