Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Paleo Diet and ADHD/Autism

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.


Nikki said... Reply To This Comment

I have never heard of this or even thought food would trigger adhd symptoms. My son is adhd and his Dr just told me today about it. In fact his IGg levels for dairy and gluten are very high. I'm just worried how changing his diet completely will effect him in a way of him not wanting to do it. Thank you so much in this blog. It put things to term so I can unserstand.

Kate Ground said... Reply To This Comment

Nikki, I'm glad this helped. My daughter is nursing her 4 month old and had to eliminate dairy all together because it was seriously affecting her baby's digestion. My daughter even feels much better. She is feeding her 2 year old coconut milk as an alternative. She is even able to hide some veggies in it as a "smoothie". Hope you can find some site online to get more info. One good one is mark's daily Apple.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I have three little girls that have some form of autism. We removed gluten, soy and dairy, and their other intolerances about two years ago. We recently (5 days) started paleo, and it was easier than I thought it was going to be. I thought there was no way we could give up carbs. And there was no way I was going to get them to eat veggies without hiding it in something. I went from preparing three different options for one meal to one healthy meal with protein and veggies, and fruit for dessert. We still have a long way to go, but for those contemplating this diet, I wish we would have done it two years ago. Oh, and they're eating their veggies!

Kate Ground said... Reply To This Comment

I love success stories. I hope the Paleo Diet works out well for your kids.