April is Autism Awareness month, a month we work to promote awareness about children who are in the spectrum of Autism. While most people these days know the term Autism, many still do not know what this complex biological disorder entails.

People, most often children, diagnosed as Autistic have symptoms ranging from speech impairments to emotional relating difficulties. The debate on the cause of Autism continues as our world sifts through the genetic, environmental, and nutritional possibilities. Though the cause may continue to be unknown the treatment approaches can almost always include a well rounded methodology of traditional medicine, occupational therapies, and nutritional intervention.

One of the lesser understood treatment options are the nutritional solutions. There is a close relationship between the blood/brain barrier and blood/intestinal lining barrier. Due to this, when our intestinal tract is not healthy we are at risk for toxins reaching our brains. Since Autism involves the nervous system it is helpful to check the integrity of the patient’s intestines. Identifying potential problems from food allergies, food sensitivities, and toxic overloads from diet or other environmental exposure is the first step in supporting this system. Supplementing with whole food digestive enzymes and probiotics can repair the gut and therefore improve the protection of the brain. A June 2010 article in New Scientist discusses these correlative moments and their impact in children with Autism.

Another nutritional area science is beginning to expose as connected Ativan to the nervous system is the relationship between B vitamins, minerals, and omega oils. B vitamins and minerals are great for overall health balance. Omega oils found in fish such as mackerel, herring, tuna, and salmon are great food for the brain — and a healthy brain is going to lesson the severity of Autistic symptoms. All of this can be found in and should be consumed from food sources but when that is not possible a good quality supplement can be beneficial.

Lastly, sugar balancing is key for the health of children, especially those with Autism. People process sugar through their pancreas but when it is overloaded with too much sugar the pancreas cannot handle the amount and asks the liver for help. If this occurs too often the pancreas becomes ill. In time our bodies will react poorly to any sugar introduced in the body and can have hypoglycemic fluctuations. These fluctuations lead to erratic behavior that will impede social integration and learning. While this process affects all children, it is highly problematic for those with Autism and their increased mental sensitivity.

If you are newly processing a diagnosis or know someone who is, be prudent in your research and remember that each person is an individual and has unique needs in regards to their health care. Consider making sound nutritional choices and seek out those professionals who can help you create a comprehensive treatment plan.

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