Reversing Problems in Kids with Autistic,Neurological and Gut related Issues : 5 LABELIN Questions to improve your child’s digestion

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2012 | No Comments

Sometimes we are not quite sure if some “prepackaged or fresh foods” are  safe to give to our children with autistic or developmental issues . As a mother who has a kid that suffers from neurodevelopmental problems (speech and motor delays) I have to make sure that the foods  I buy are safe for my child to eat. These questioner is  a wonderful resource for when you’re in doubt.Write it down or have it with you when you’re out shopping (or memorize it like me! ) It has helped me reading labels smartly and carefully before I attempt buying something at the store. From meats, to vegetables and spices. when mom is in a rush  I need to keep a close eye on what I’m buying and why.

I wanted to share my top five hot questions I always ask myself when I purchase foods such as : meats,fish,sausage links, bacon, tomato sauces and coconut milk among others” at the supermarket when/if I don’t get the chance to go to my local farmer’s market. Let’s get started.

 

number 1.Is it gluten-free? 

If it’s not gluten free. I don’t buy it. Gluten is the first thing you want your kid off from. Read my article about how gluteomorphins act in the brain and how a gluten-free diet can actually improve your child’s allergies/issues. When my oldest daughter was critically poisoned by gluten doctors told me her brain wasn’t going to develop properly restraining my child from being able to walk/move right unless the use of heavy medication. No thank you.

After I took her off gluten (at age 10 months) she started to sit up ( at age 16 months) and walk (at age 2 ) slowly but surely. And if you think you are getting away by buying gluten free cookies or flours just for the sake of being gluten free. I say they are harming if not equally bad for you because after all is a processed food. Read this in things like bacon or meat. Buy whole foods.

number 2. If gluten-free, is it grain-fed? or grass-fed? 

There is a big difference between  gluten-free and grain free. Remember gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley. The produce might have gluten-free grains such as rice. The label should say aside from gluten-free, grain free or grass-fed.

number 3. Is it organic?

Certified organic  like meats are cruelty free. Certified meats can only come from

1) born and raised on a certified organic pasture

2) fed only organic grains and/or grasses

3) have unrestricted outdoor access

4) never treated with antibiotics, and

5) never treated with growth-stimulating hormones. (no artificial coloring, flavoring, preservative, or other synthetic ingredients.)

Besides from all the crap you might be saving yourself  and your child from (preservatives and why not) nutritional intake and value in autistic kids is very important and high toxicity in the body is no bueno.

Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Plus,people with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease.[4]

My daughter benefits from the high Omega 3′s found in grass fed/organics meats and has helped her with brain development and learning.

Don’t forget fish and seafood. Preferably wild caught!

My daughter went from looking like she was “spaced out” to focusing and pay attention to people. She also had a hard time opening one hand at each time (instead she would open or close both at the same time) this has resolved completely

number 4. Is it high fructose/ corn syrup, maple syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, brown rice syrup free?

Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is the second most applied diet for autism next to gluten-free casein-free (GFCF). The GAPS diet is a version of an specific carbohydrate diet. My daughter has different taste buds. That said, things like carbohydrates, starches or grains have a greater and different /reaction impact in her brain.

Removing all starches (also from starchy vegetables) and complex sugars, and only allow honey and fruit sugar (monosaccharides) is a great start to help your kid with learning disabilities reduce gut inflammation and aid healing by “starving out” bad gut bugs and avoiding foods that require carbohydrate digesting enzymes. My daughter lacked of good enzymes and her gut was constantly attacked by pathogenic organism such as clostridia and yeast.

By eliminating this problematic foods and components out of my daughter diet, the yeast and bacteria didn’t continue to feed, and they eventually die out. As these infections are eliminated from the body and intestinal enzyme function improves, my daughter started  healing. The same applies with autistic kids.They feel better, sleep better, learn better, and autism symptoms are alleviated. Neurological and taste buds resolve.

Number 5. Is it nut free, casein free or egg free?

Avoiding food allergies is crucial. One of the most significant contributing factors in autism appears to be undesirable foods and chemicals that often reach the brain via the bloodstream because of faulty digestion and absorption.Read more about allergies

My daughter was unable to absorb nutrients (vitamins and minerals) resulting in malnourishment and lack of learning.

IT’S THAT IT?

Of course not.You’ll see words on the labels that you will be unable to pronounce, much less define. My personal rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce a food ingredient OR, you don’t know what the food ingredient is,PLEASE. don’t eat it!

Finding out what foods are hurting or stopping our kids from improving is quite challenging. These are only the top most common questions I face with everyday.

Improving digestion in our little ones is essential. If your child has autism or a learning disabilities restoring a healthy gut is vital. You can start simply with foods, and reassure their health and progress with supplements such as digestive enzymes, and probiotics to help restore the balance of gut bacteria. No need for medication. Just eat real, healthy and whole foods.

 

References:

http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1632

Eatwild.com

 

 

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