The current medical description of autism defines it as a psychiatric disorder that includes impaired social interaction and communication and has a set of characteristic psychological behavior patterns, but I believe, and the research supports, that autism spectrum disorder is a set of biochemical imbalances that create neurological/neurotransmitter imbalances resulting in those psychological symptoms described, as well as physical symptoms, such as gastrointestinal issues, detoxification issues, and more. By addressing these underlying biochemical imbalances and supporting your child’s biochemistry with nutrients that increase your child’s ability to grow, develop, and detoxify properly, we can see major improvements in their health, learning, and behavior.
Biochemistry refers to the chemical processes that occur within the body. Metabolism refers to how the cells of the body take in nutrients and convert them into energy. Targeting these processes through nutrition and detoxification supports a child’s developing nervous system.
What your child eats can have a profound influence on his/her body’s biochemistry. Some key aspects of metabolism involve mitochondrial health and function. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell and provide the energy needed for metabolism to happen. They are one of the most important factors in determining the health and function of the cells in the body. So it is essential that we support these amazing organelles -- all 100 billion of them! These cells are not only responsive to nutrient density, but they are also affected by environmental toxins and it is well documented that children on the spectrum and kids with ADHD tend to suffer with mitochondrial dysfunction.
Research suggests that children with developmental delays may be more vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies than other children, and require a higher level of nutritional optimization in order to achieve their greatest developmental and learning potential. In addition to the importance of getting in optimal nutrition, it is important to address the issue of too many toxins entering the system, as well. Research shows that pesticides and industrial chemicals are toxic to the developing brain, and it’s essential to avoid childhood exposure as much as possible. Supporting your child’s detoxification system is crucial and can best be addressed through nutrition and lifestyle interventions.Get Started today