And not just the guts … the workings of the whole body effect the brain .. How?
Here is a glimpse at the potential scenario of the internal workings of a person in the Autism spectrum …
…Gut inflammation and dysbiosis and the associated inability of the body to adequately absorb and process nutrients, poor immunity, food sensitivities, imbalance of good vs bad bacteria, decreased liver function and associated inability to detoxify. Now add the intake of food additives and exposure to toxins from everyday life. These all impact neurological function by way of brain inflammation, excess microbial toxins, insufficient action of neurotransmitters and nutrient deficiencies all which impact on the body’s ability to manufacture neurotransmitters and supply to all biochemical pathways of the body leading to the many and varied outcomes in individuals in the spectrum.
With all this going on then, is there ways to lessen the impacts & improve the outcomes in Autism ?
How much difference can we make to their quality of life? In some cases HEAPS! And in most noticeable improvement.
It is more important with ASD than almost all other conditions that each individual is treated as an individual person with individual symptoms and causes. It is imperative that only practitioners who specialise in this treat them as there is potential to exacerbate the symptoms if they are not treated as individuals and the underlying biochemical causes addressed appropriately. The simple use of probiotics, which may help in one instance can spiral another if administered inappropriately.
In ASD the outward signs and symptoms differ person to person and so do the underlying reasons.
So, if you are starting on this journey and initially you want to go it alone …Start with the basics …
- Remove as many toxins from their environment – food additives and colours, household chemicals, plastics … anything that is ingested, makes skin contact or is inhaled
- Clean diet, non-processed foods, no sugar (YES , this sounds impossible to many, however the difference it makes to these kids is worth the effort)
- Keep a food diary and look out for foods that seem to change the behaviour or cause stomach upset.
- Ask your GP to do the appropriate blood tests so that a trained practitioner will be able to analyse them and address the biochemical imbalances … yes I know these kids generally don’t like needles, however, this step is key.
If you have any questions on how a registered practitioner can help, please call or email me. I specialise in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and look forward to supporting you.
My most recent training specific to this disorder.
Mindd Conference May 2016 | MAPS Training 2013 |Mindd Masterclass 2013