Well did you know that people with autism are more likely to have digestive related issues. I know Ryley has struggled with digestive issues her whole life. Even as a baby she had food allergies and would throw up many meals. And let's not get started on her pooping. She would go from loose poop to screaming in pain because it was so hard.
I never thought much of it but I did notice on bad tummy days she would have more negative behavior. She would also have more meltdowns. Then I became gluten intolerant and quickly realized gut health does matter.
One thing many kids with autism have is something called leaky gut. It is when bacteria and toxins "leak" through the intestinal wall.
Here is a list of 10 signs of leaky gut:
- Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Poor immune system.
- Headaches, brain fog, memory loss.
- Excessive fatigue.
- Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema, or rosacea.
- Cravings for sugar or carbs.
- Arthritis or joint pain.
- Depression, anxiety, ADD and ADHD.
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's.