One of the extremely common contributing factors to autism is dietary related. The following food items have been reported to exacerbate autism:
- grains, particularly gluten-containing grains - wheat, barley, and oats.
- food preservatives
- food dyes
- artificial sweeteners
- sensitivity to particular foods on an individual basis
Brain and nerve function are significantly affected by nutrition. Adequate B vitamins, calcium, and minerals like zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium are all crucial to enzyme functions that control proper nerve firing.
Toxicity problems would be the third area of concern that I'll mention here. Exposures to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and aluminum can all cause significant impairment of nerve and brain function. Hair analysis is one less expensive, but fairly accurate way to evaluate how much of problem this may be.
We do not know what the mechanism for autism is. We do not know causes or triggers. But, we do know that many of these natural factors play at least some role in the body's overall general ability to function. If incorporating them into lifestyle changes will alter the course of, or improve the symptoms of autism why would they not be tried? Because, even IF they make no difference at all, I am confident they would improve ANYONE'S health.
I think the most 'confusing' thing about an Autism Spectrum diagnosis is that there is no way to determine the why. Why this kid and not that kid? What conflux of conditions melded together to cause this? We will never know. I can attest to the food ideas here. We embarked on an experimentation with grandson's food and the results were helpful to his overall situation. Educating yourself and trying anything and everything within logical reasoning is especially important because every autistic child is different.
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