This weeks blog is by the fabulous Natalie Sutton, from Clever Little Bee, A must read for those of you with an Autistic child.
Too many of our kids are in a stressed state. I read statistics this week that half of our children will have Autism by 2025. That there’s been a 42% increase in ADHD in recent years.
What might surprise some people is that what kids eat has a major impact on ‘spectrum’ disorders such as autism, ADD and ADHD. Not only does it affect their wellbeing and behaviour but their education too.
This generation has access to more ‘processed’ food versus natural whole food and this creates way more free radicals that their body is designed to cope with. If we add to this the fact that they’re also not getting enough of the vital, free radical tackling nutrients that only come from fresh fruit and vegetables, then it’s perhaps no wonder.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely not pointing the finger of blame at parents here! Sure, we could all make improvements in our food and drinks choices from time to time. My point is that even the healthiest eating families will struggle with nutrition – and that’s because the food chain we’re in is significantly less nutrient rich than it was a generation or two ago.
Do you know how many servings of spinach today contain the same amount of iron as one serving in 1948?
The answer is 60. Yes, six-zero.
This diet conundrum is tiring for most families. But for those with special needs it’s exhausting. For some autistic children for example, food can be loud or an unbearable texture and before we know it, meal times have become a battleground.
There are some key learnings to be had on this subject:
- Find a way to get fruit and veggies into the kids without them having to chew it or have a negative experience with it, especially if they are sensitive about food
- The minerals in fruit and veg quiet the brain
- The fibre in fruit and veg helps with elimination
- Consider probiotics to help grow good bacteria in the gut and improve behaviour
- Mums who had a c-section during delivery or did not breast feed are more likely to have passed on gut imbalances such as leaky gut and candida – it’s like having weeds overgrowing in the garden
- Fruit and veg alkalines the body, which not only helps with disease prevention but wakes up the taste buds to accepting better food choices
There are books written about the natural treatment for autism, dyspraxia, ADD, dyslexia, ADHD, depression and schizophrenia – the best of these is Gut Psychology. I highly recommend you look it up.
Of course the easy and cost-effective way to solve the above problems is with a whole food supplement. A whole food – fruits and veggies – not multi-vitamins.
The bonus is that for kids not wanting to chew a chewie, or swallow a capsule, the contents can be opened and emptied into a smoothie or mixed into something cold – ketchup if need be. And they’re bioavailable, so that these vital nutrients and enzymes are getting straight into their system.
Contact me for guidance or come along to tomorrow’s coffee morning for parents of children with special educational needs. We’re all in the same boat, and I like to think that we can help each other on our journeys.
Blog by Natalie xx