Nutrition and Autism
Let me start by saying Autism is a superpower! Those on the Spectrum see this world very differently and individuality is needed. It comes with it’s own issues though, from mood issues, concentration, frustration, ability to interact socially etc.
I am seeing an increasing number of children in my clinic on the Autism Spectrum. The numbers of cases of Autism are most definitely on the rise, so what can we do to help?
Many children with Autism will have food sensory issues, a very bland, beige diet is common. This may be keeping the peace at the moment but could be causing longer lasting issues. A chronic lack of nutrients can cause lack of energy, mood issues, temper flares, poor sleep, skin issues, poor concentration. This kind of diet can also cause digestive discomfort, food intolerances, inflammation, all adding stress to a child who may already be struggling to communicate feelings.
All children I see in my clinic on the spectrum also have some digestive issues. This in turn effects on one hand their absorption of nutrients and on the other creates inflammation which will create other issues.
So what can we do?
This is a simplistic overview and will need to be tweaked and reviewed along the way, everyone is individual and what works well for one child another will struggle to do, the programs are always tailored to the child’s ability.
What are the common outcomes I see in clinic with these changes for the child?
There may be no cure for Autism or other spectrum conditions but there is a lot we can do to help minimise the negative effects that children and adults on the spectrum have to deal with.
If you need help, contact Carina for an appointment
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T -(087) 0978880,
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.