The way Americans eat today is linked more and more with chronic illness. In fact, diet is one of four lifestyle factors that could prevent as much as 50% of the top three most common health problems in the US – heart disease, cancer and stroke. So it shouldn’t be surprising that changing to a more healthful way of eating could possibly also help another public health concern – the rising incidence of autism spectrum disorders.
Most recently, nutritional factors have been implicated in altering gene expression which is associated with the development of autism. Processed foods in particular are linked to nutritional deficiencies that can be toxic to the brain. But it is not just what we feed our children that could pose a problem. Poor health due to an inadequate diet during pregnancy also increases the risk of a child born with a neurodevelopmental disorder.
There are special diets that are promoted as nutritional interventions for children with autism such as the Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) diet and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). These diets may ultimately be useful in your quest to improve some of your child’s symptoms, but before you tackle a restrictive plan such as this, the first step should be to clean up your typical “Western-style” diet and eat more whole, natural foods.
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