(NaturalHealth365) The gut health of autistic children ought to be a major concern for parents and healthcare providers. Did you know that gastrointestinal issues are experienced by the majority of children and adults with autism? According to the CDC, children with autism are 3.5 times more likely to suffer from chronic diarrhea or constipation than typically developing peers. Other symptoms include vomiting/reflux, abdominal pain, gas and foul-smelling stools.
Finding gut health solutions for autistic children can help with their behavior and ability to learn. Typical strategies for constipation include increasing fiber in their diets while diarrhea typically requires us to look at food allergies and intolerances to wheat and dairy. In my practice, we also look at ways that we can help heal gut permeability rather than just the symptoms it causes.
How do probiotics promote natural healing of the digestive system?
Probiotics are living nonpathogenic microorganisms, which beneficially affect a child’s health, when administered in adequate amounts as food ingredient or supplement. Research on probiotics have found them useful in a wide variety of health issues and have also been proven to help in influencing the immune system. They help to colonize the GI tract with healthy bacteria that can make a huge difference in a child’s health.
The GI tract is a complex ecosystem with a delicate balance between intestinal microflora and the host. A healthy GI tract should contain a high percentage of beneficial bacteria to prevent the over colonization of disease causing pathogens such as Candida or Clostridium and since 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, making sure it’s populated with beneficial bacteria is of utmost importance.
Detoxification is essential for autistic children
According to the Journal of Gastroenterology Research and Practice, it is well established that there is bidirectional communication between the gut, the immune system, and the brain. Therefore, helping to heal the gut can help improve behaviors in children and can help them with cognitive functioning.
In addition, recent information suggests that probiotics also help the body to detoxify. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 90 percent of methylmercury is excreted through the bile in feces and scientist believe that with a large number of probiotic bacteria, mercury can effectively be driven towards expulsion and prevent any recycling of toxic mercury.
The ocean offers a natural way to restore intestinal flora
As a healer, I have been exposed to numerous probiotics and have found three that are truly top notch products that can help rebuild the balance of bacteria to the normal 85 percent friendly and 15 percent unfriendly needed to restore healing to the GI tract. After performing a detailed intake, I recommend a probiotic based on the individual’s needs.
I also strongly recommend Original Quinton Sea Minerals that aid with gut flora balance quickly and effectively for all my patients with autism. Original Quinton helps with common issues in children with autism such as diarrhea and gut repair.
Homeopathics that help with gut symptoms and issues – naturally
Arsenicum Album is a wonderful remedy to help with diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Natrum Muriaticum can help children and adults who are constipated. Calcarea Carbonica is helpful for stomach pains that are typically coupled with a headache. Nux Vomica can be very effective in helping with acid reflux.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com
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