Nutrition for Autism
Taken from “To Your Health” magazine
Autism is already an epidemic and it is on the rise! The most recent statistics suggest that one out of 91 children are on the autism spectrum, with one in 58 boys affected. When it comes to autism, the numbers are staggering, so much so that many of us have or know someone with an autistic child.
What is Autism?
Delay in spoken language
Repetitive motor habits or language
Less-than-normal eye contact
Lack of socialization with peers
Lack of make-believe play
Fixation on certain parts of objects
Problems with sleep
What is Autism NOT?
NOT from bad parenting
NOT a genetic condition
NOT something kids will grow out of
NOT something to be ignored
There are a number of strategies for dealing with autism. There are many beneficial ways to help the nervous system, chiropractic being one of them, along with the behavioral and occupational therapies currently being used. Nutritional supplements cannot be overlooked. There is an imbalance in chemistry inside the bodies of these children. An overactive nervous system burns through nutrients quickly. If they aren’t eating healthy in the first place, they have even fewer nutrients available, which only perpetuates the problem.
Here are the best nutritional supplements for the autistic child:
1. A specialized all in one supplement: these can help improve social interactions, communication, restricted behavior, and delayed functioning
2. Fish oil: led to reduced hyperactivity, tantrums, and aggression
3. Digestive enzymes/probiotics: enhancing digestion with enzymes and beneficial bacteria can help improve the immune system and hyperactive symptoms
4. Antioxidants: great way to nutritionally reverse “rusting”
5. Bowel movers: can help relieve constipation
*Always consult with your Dr. before giving supplements to your child, especially if the supplements are intended to help manage an existing health condition.
*TIPS: sneak supplements into applesauce/yogurt, make popsicles or jello cubes in an ice tray and dose supplements in there, use a syringe for dosing liquid vitamins, try as many things for your child as possible to see what works best – work in conjunction with healthcare professionals, take videos of your child every month so you can see how your child is improving