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4 nutrition tips to heal your child’s gut

By September 19, 2013 No Comments

Improve your child’s behavior by healing their gut!  

Autism is defined as a whole-body condition and, therefore, the nutrition your child is getting may create results in her/his behavior

Many children diagnosed with autism often display the following symptoms:

  •  Diarrhea, constipation, bloating and GI pain,
  • Frequent infections
  • Sleeping challenges
  • Inflammation/pain

When things go awry in the gut, your child may display negative behavioral changes and cognitive problems may become more of an issue.  For many children, food intolerance’s and digestive problems are the cause of these symptoms.

If your child is experiencing any of the behavioral and/or physical symptoms listed above, these can be controlled by making changes to his or her nutrition. For many children, simply altering food choices and adding supplementation promotes healing and can improve autism symptoms.

Here are 4 tips to help start healing your child’s gut:

  1. Remove foods that inflame the gut. Gluten, milk products, soy, corn and eggs are common offenders. The exact foods to remove will depend on the individual; however, gluten- and milk product-free diets are among the most popular and effective. Sugar and refined oils also contribute to inflammation.
  2. Add foods that heal the gut. Foods such as ginger and turmeric reduce inflammation. Fish oil, flax seeds and walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties. Fermented foods help heal the gut. Butyric acid is a short-chain fatty acid (often produced by good bacteria from the consumption of soluble fiber) found in butterfat and ghee that helps nourish the intestinal lining.
  3. Include foods that supply beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods, such as non-dairy yogurt, young coconut kefir and cultured vegetables, help supply good bacteria that reduce inflammation and create an environment that is healing.
  4. Add foods that increase beneficial bacteria levels. Prebiotics are foods, often high in soluble fiber, that support good bacteria and increase levels in the gut. These foods include: asparagus, bananas, beans/legumes, chicory root, garlic, honey, kefir/yogurt, leeks, onions and peas.




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