Gut Health And Autism: 10 Signs Of Leaky Gut
Do any of you wonder if this strange thing called gut health really matters?
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.
Typical fixes for leaky gut include: Changing your diet and eliminating the foods that your body feels so toxic.
Some people eliminate gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. I can tell you our family eliminated many of these items and it really changed things for all of us. It's not easy but for many including us it is the key in having a better life.
Dr. Brone's final advice is to follow these 5 steps:
- Adequate water intake. It should be half of your body weight in ounces water. (so a 100lbs child needs 50oz of water a day)
- Use veggies the color of rainbow if possible.
- Limit sugar intake.
- Limit gluten intake.
- Limit dairy intake.
I hope this info helps. And please if you have any issues always contact your doctor.