Autism is a complex problem for which there has been no single cure found as of yet. It has a very disrupted affect on many peoples lives, including the family and friends of those who are affected by it.
Autism and Nutrition
Many nutritionists have found that ensuring the correct, healthy and balanced diet for someone affected by autism is key in minimising the symptoms which they suffer from.
Adequate levels of fats, balanced sugar levels and reducing polluting chemicals from foods has been shown to help in managing the condition.
Signs of Problems
Because many sufferers of autism were given antibiotics as children to treat symptoms which were not actually recognised as autism, they may have been doing some harm as well as good. Using antibiotics frequently not only kills the bad bacteria it also kills the good bacteria in the stomach. As a result the intestine can become inflamed and lead to digestive issues.
Blood Sugar Levels
Controlling blood sugar levels is a good idea for just about anyone, but even more so for someone who suffers from any kind of mental condition because it helps to achieve a balance within the body and the mind. There are similarities between other conditions such as hyperactivity and autism.
Ensuring you know what is in the food and removing too much sugar from the diet is of benefit. Ideally, refined sugars and processed foods should be removed as much as possible.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
It is believed that those who are affected by autism actually have a tendency for some essential fats to be removed from the brain cells at a more rapid rate than normal. This means that they need to be replaced at a faster rate, too.
In particular, it is a good idea to supplement with EPA which is found in higher doses in any good omega 3 fish oil. You would usually expect to see high levels of this in higher quality oils. Supplementing with this has shown to improve mood, imagination, speech and sleep patterns for autistic children.
Vitamins and Minerals
Many researchers over long periods of time have shown that taking vitamins helps to reduce the symptoms of autism so supplementing is an easy and convenient way to achieve this. Dr Bernard Rimland carried out research in the 70s which helped reduce the symptoms in autistic children and when they stopped taking them the symptoms returned.
Many parents of autistic children have experimented with food and diet in order to ascertain if it would impact them. The results were that many of them were able to control some of the symptoms by ensuring that their child got the right kinds of foods and avoided others. It has to be done on a case by case basis so there is no black and white answer on what to have and what not to have, unfortunately.
Overall, the strategy used to try and combat autism with the diet should be one of implementing a healthy and balanced diet, getting the right levels of vitamins and minerals from healthy food and using products which are organic in order to reduce the risk of chemicals getting into the bloodstream which are not desirable.