A look at why

Briefly, I wanted to link to some research on the reasons drastically changing Nate’s diet made such a difference for him.

  • This article on the Talk About Curing Autism website is speaking strictly about gluten, casein, and soy–not about a complete nutrition overhaul–but still makes good points about enhancing therapies and improving health.
  • Here is a good article about a mainstream doctor changing her mind about leaky gut, which is when the gut is damaged, allowing bacteria, undigested food, and toxins to “leak” through the intestines and into the bloodstream. This is particularly harmful for young children, whose blood-brain barrier is not yet closed. Those toxins can go straight to the brain. Healing the gut, therefore, has important positive ramifications.
  • This research article describes the effects of nutrients on brain function. The author notes the importance of the gut: “In addition to the capacity of the gut to directly stimulate molecular systems that are associated with synaptic plasticity and learning, several gut hormones or peptides, such as leptin, ghrelin, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP1) and insulin have been found to influence emotions and cognitive processes.”
  • One of my favorite blog posts I’ve read recently on nutrition and some of the recent/fad/healthy diets is by Mommypotamus. She gives some overview information on the Weston A. Price Foundation diet (pretty close to what we do now), GAPS diet, paleo/primal diet, and “clean eating.”
  • I also learned a good deal about what not to do on the GAPS diet in this post. Her experiences were similar to mine with my brain fog on too few carbohydrates.
  • You may or may not like Dr. Mercola, but he does have some links in this article to research related to gut bacteria and autism.

This post is part of the 31 Days writing challenge, during which I’m detailing our family’s journey through autism as it relates to the one lifestyle change we made that had the greatest impact on our son’s recovery: nutrition. Click here for a list of all this month’s entries as they are posted.

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