I wrote this a few weeks ago and i think it deserves another go round.
A recent blog I read made my choice of topic today. The Paleo diet and our children's health. It is clear to me that this topic should be on the forefront of many pediatric studies, but it is not.
Last year I changed my eating habits to a low-carb, almost no-carb Paleo Diet. It, in turn, has made me healthier than I have ever been. So, of course, with a change like that comes research. Amongst all the health benefits for adults, here is what I have found for those with ADHD and Autism.
Check this out: Paleo Diet for ADHD
"People with gluten allergies, or Celiac disease, are more likely to suffer from ADHD (and other neurological problems), according to Pediatrics magazine. These psychological problems may be a result of the malnutrition caused by the disease, according to Psychology Today."
"Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, has discovered an interesting fact about individuals diagnosed with ADHD. In the "normal" population, gluten sensitivity--an allergic reaction the protein found in barley, wheat, oats and rye--is found in only 1 percent of people. But the number is much higher among individuals with ADHD. Thus, limiting gluten with a low-carb diet can be one major step toward curbing symptoms."
"Abstaining from gluten is also recommended for individuals with autism, as they often have internal issues which makes grain digestion difficult. It is theorized that consuming excessive amounts of gluten leads to high levels of gluteomorphines in the blood, which can trigger many symptoms of autism such as desire to avoid social interaction and impairment of pain messaging. Thus, removing gluten from their diet can help alleviate symptoms."
Such studies as these and many more indicated maybe...just maybe our diet has more to do with our brain functions than we care to admit. Why is autism on the rise in this country? Why is ADHD a catch all for "different" behavior? Why do drug companies insist they have all the answers?
These are just my thoughts and I could quote example after example, but, Please! If your child is having symptoms of these "maladies", have a look at their diet.