With so many studies out there today about the connection between your gut and your health, it’s more evident than ever how important it is that we focus on that balance!
Education is vital to understanding this key element of health, so let’s focus on a few great articles written on the subject. The Gut Brain Connection by Alicia Woodward for Autism File, is a great start to grasping how vital the gut is to the brain for anyone, but especially those children with Autism and ADHD.
Our children with autism and ADHD are like canaries in the coal mine. They’re vulnerable to toxins in the environment, as well as microbial and metabolic toxins from within. There are certain things in the diet, specifically gluten and casein, which are incompletely digested in a significant number of kids who have autism, as well as those who have ADHD. With insufficient digestion, gluten and casein produce endogenous opioids, brain-active compounds similar to morphine.
You read that right! The immediate and visual effect of these undigested foods on these kids is that listless, “glazed-over” look often seen before nutritional balance is achieved. Red flags should be going off in any parent’s head if your child has this appearance. While an immediate change in diet is obviously beneficial, it can take time to see the results. The process is well worth it, and I can help you make that permanent change in your family’s health!
The vast wealth of knowledge available on the web isn’t limited to Autistic focus groups. Science is really beginning to turn an interested eye in this direction too, and most of us who support these studies on the digestive system just have to give a resounding, “I told you so!” Sci-Tech Daily has a 2012 study on digestive tract bacteria that is well worth a second read. Autistic Children Have Different Gastrointestinal Bacteria takes a very scientific approach to the relationship between various disorders and the health of the digestive tract.
“The relationship between different microorganisms and the host and the outcomes for disease and development is an exciting issue,” says Christine A. Biron, the Brintzenhoff Professor of Medical Science at Brown University and editor of the study. “This paper is important because it starts to advance the question of how the resident microbes interact with a disorder that is poorly understood.”
I’m excited that Christine Biron is excited! If this ongoing study can show proof of the Sutterella bacteria being present in autistic children, just imagine the healing potential in people who had previously lost hope. If you can get a permanent handle on your diet, thereby healing your gut and brain connection, the possibilities are scientifically stacked in favor of decreasing the instances and severity of autism and other developmental disorders!
Woodward, Alicia (2012) The Gut to Brain Connection. The Autism File. Retrieved online from: http://www.autismfile.com/diet-nutrition/the-gut-brain-connection-the-link-between-diet-and-autism
SciTech Daily Staff (2012) Autistic Children Have Different Gastrointestinal Bacteria. SciTech Daily. Retrieved online from: http://scitechdaily.com/autistic-children-have-different-gastrointestinal-bacteria/
Publication: Williams BL, Hornig M, Parekh T, Lipkin WI. 2012. Application of novel PCR-based methods for detection, quantitation, and phylogenetic characterization of Sutterella species in intestinal biopsy samples from children with autism and gastrointestinal disturbances. mBio 3(1):e00261-11. doi:10.1128/mBio.00261-11.
Source: American Society for Microbiology
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