April 25, 2012
By Autism Society
In celebration of its partnership with Potandon Produce, the Autism Society will share an autism diet and nutrition blog post each week throughout April. It is the hope of the Autism Society and Potandon that we can work together to empower you to make the best decisions for a child with autism. Please note that these tips are meant to be informational. Before making any dietary changes, you should consult a physician. The Autism Society does not endorse any specific type of treatment (See the Options Policy).
Tips were republished from the Autism Advocate article, Autism Diets and Nutrition: Providing Health Benefits for Many Children with ASD. Read the article here.
Toxicity and Poor Detoxification
When detoxification is not working optimally or is overburdened by pre-existing toxins, avoiding additional toxins from food is important. These chemicals can cross the blood-brain barrier and affect the brain, creating hyperactivity, aggression, irritability and sometimes self-injurious behavior. Ways to remove toxins include:
• Avoid food additives. Artificial ingredients are very difficult for the body to process, so avoiding artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and MSG is crucial.
• Avoid toxins in food supply and meal preparation. Prevent the introduction of further toxins into the body by avoiding aluminum and plastic in cooking. This includes aluminum pans and aluminum foil, as well as storing and microwaving in plastic. Minimize or eliminate canned foods and drinks.
• Eat organic. Eat high-quality foods that are free of pesticides and hormones, such as organic produce, grass-fed meat, and pastured eggs and chickens. Non-organic chicken can contain arsenic. Eating organic foods avoids consumption of pesticides, other harmful chemicals, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and hormones. Organic foods also provide higher nutrient content.
• Add foods that support the liver. Antioxidants, such as beta carotene; vitamins A, C and E; B vitamins, including folic acid; and selenium support liver detoxification. Sulfur-rich foods, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale and Brussels sprouts are especially beneficial in liver detoxification processes. Spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, support the liver. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant, and adequate levels are supported by the consumption of asparagus, watermelon, broccoli, papayas, avocados and the herb, milk thistle, as well as through nutritional supplementation.
Matthews, Julie. "Autism Diets and Nutrition: Providing Health Benefits for Many Children with ASD." Autism Advocate Second Edition 2010 (2010).
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