If food is the most natural way to nourish the body, it can be agreed that nutrition influences the health, learning and behaviour of people.
What is there to know about Autism and Food? Autism refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences.
There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy can really make a big difference to children with autism. Many have severely disrupted digestion, so restoring balance in the gut and following a diet plan that supports good digestion is a key focus for nutritional therapy.
The different types of autism caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences include:
- Autistic Disorder
- Asperger Syndrome
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Diet Plan and Tips for an Autistic Person.
- Balance blood sugar, Drink more water and Exercise
- Ensure that meals do not include additives. Identify food allergies and possible nutrient deficiencies.
- Include digestive enzymes supplements and probiotics to restore the balance of gut bacteria. Both help heal the digestive tract and promote normal absorption.
- Foods with anti-inflammatory properties that would reduce any existing gut inflammation such as omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, fatty fish, salmon, sardines and walnuts.
- Probiotics- These are live bacteria and yeasts good for your health, especially your digestive system. These include non-dairy yogurt, dark chocolate, cheese and fermented cod liver oil.
- Avoid Yeast producing or containing foods, because they will cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut.Examples of these food are dairy products, bread, vinegar, cheese, refined carbohydrates, potatoes.
- Avoid foods containing toxins, additives, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives into a child with autism’s diet.
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