Autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”) is a pervasive developmental disorder, which affects cognitive, social, and behavioral skills. It usually begins within the first three years of life after conception. Nutritional support can help manage autism and ease symptoms. Below you’ll find our top 3 nutrient recommendations.
Nutrients that Help Manage Autism Symptoms
Probiotics promote a healthy gut microbiome. In the latest research on autism, a gut-brain connection has been made. Keeping a healthy gut may reduce uncomfortable characteristics of this condition. Sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, water kefir, coconut kefir and sour pickles are healthy sources of this important nutrient.
Essential Fatty Acids
Maintaining a healthy Omega 3-6 ratio is incredibly important in combating inflammation, which leads to advanced disease and worsening conditions in the body. The ideal ratio is 3:1 or 4:1 omega-6 to omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish (salmon), shellfish and flaxseeds. Foods with the highest percentage of calories from omega-6 fatty acids and which may want to be limited/avoided are grapeseed oil, corn oil, walnuts, sesame oil, peanut butter, and pistachios. Foods lower in omega-6 fatty acids include coconut oil, (raw) milk, (organic, grass-fed) meat, macadamia nuts, rice, cream, carrots, olives, and avocado.
Fiber keeps you feeling full & plays a key role in digestion. Getting a mix of soluble fiber (apples, bananas, pears, beans & nuts) and insoluble fiber (carrots, celery, dark leafy greens & bulgur) helps keep cholesterol levels optimal, and aids in the removal of toxins and supports bowel health. Aim for 20-40 grams/day.
Originally posted 2018-06-22 08:48:43.