The No 1 thing to do is start an elimination diet.
You may have heard of GAPs or SCD, these are both good examples of how to improve the diet and health of your child. Whether you have tried it before and maybe not seen much change or whether you are reading about it and thinking about it, the first change to get your head around is a diet change, this means removing gluten, casein, soy, but this is what your child needs for their healing.
Children who are not on the diet underachieve in the rest of the recovery process, diet is that important.
Our gut bacteria are a living population that outnumbers the cells in our body. They play a key role in the function of our body, producing nutrients and playing a role in the removal of chemicals from the body. Think about what we are feeding them – fresh clean food keeps them healthy; food laden with chemicals is likely to do harm resulting in death.
As the good guys die off, the bad guys move in and take over. Functions are lost. The gut becomes inflamed, the immune system is affected and toxic waste is generated that impacts brain function.
The Autistic brain is around 5% larger than ‘normal’ and research is suggesting that inflammation is responsible.
6 diet changes that could have a major positive impact on your child’s Autism
|· Removing food that contains gluten
· Removing dairy products that contain casein
· Removing food that contains soy
· Removing MSG
· Remove any GMO crops
· Remove artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives
Food allergies and food sensitivities are a major contributor to a toxic, inflamed gut. I find a large number of kids have food sensitivities and removing the offending foods makes a massive difference to their focus, concentration, sleep and energy levels.
In summary, the most important thing to do in step 1 is to reduce inflammation from a toxic inflamed gut. Start by cleaning up the diet – it’s the best thing you can do right now. Adding food is vitally important and in the program I give ideas and recipes to help expand your child’s diet.