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Autism: What You Can Do Naturally for Support

What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder that can affect communication, behavior, and social skills. It has been on the rise in recent years and currently affects about 1 in every 68 children, according to estimates from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Potential Causes
It is important to know, that every child is different and that what may have caused the disorder for one individual may be completely different for another. Some potential causes of autism include but are not limited to:
– toxicity in the body
– inflammation
– digestive issues (ex. leaky gut)
– nutritional deficiencies
– food sensitivities

Foods to Eat vs. Foods to Avoid
Children with autism can add or increase the following foods to their diet…
– Bone Broth (especially homemade)- can improve leaky gut, rich in minerals & amino acids
– Poultry (turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant, etc.)- contains high amounts of tryptophan, which in turn, helps the body produce serotonin
– Probiotic-Rich Foods (goat milk kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.)- can improve leaky gut by adding in good bacteria
– Omega 3 Foods (fish)- excellent for brain health, should consume at least two servings per week

Children with autism can eliminate the following…
– Gluten
– Cow Dairy
– Sugar
– Additives
– Processed Foods
– Food Coloring & Dyes
– Soy
*These food have been known to negatively affect brain function, create digestive irritation & imbalances, and cause inflammation.

Supplements That Can Help
1. Fish Oil- improves brain & nerve health
2. Digestive Enzyme- helps the digestive system breakdown & assimilate nutrients
3. Vitamin D- improves brain function
4. Probiotic- good bacteria for the digestive system
5. L-Carnitine- amino acid that helps with a number of bodily functions, including brain development

Other Things to Consider
1. Lavender Essential Oil- a very calming oil, can be applied topically or diffused
2. Food Sensitivity Testing- know which foods to avoid
3. Doing a Detox- toxins can affect our bodies in a number of ways, it is important to remove them
4. Eliminating Toxins In and Around the House- opt for natural cleaners, avoid spraying chemicals around the house or in the yard
5. Epsom Salt Baths- calming & detoxing

Please remember that everyone child is different. What works for one may not work for another. To find out if you child suffers from food sensitivities, experiences digestive trouble, or is harboring toxins in his/her body, contact Balanced Health at 612-812-9121 or email us at info@creatingbalancedhealth.com