Most research on autism digs deep into genetic, neurological, and behavioral aspects of the condition, but few have highlighted the alarming gut problems many autistic children and adults experience. The few studies that address this problem demonstrate promising results, stating that a healthy diet and probiotics can help with easing autism symptoms. In this article, we will be discussing how probiotics can do that.
Gut-Brain Connection and Autism
It is very important to understand the direct connection between the brain and the gut. A healthy gut is one that has a balance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, which are responsible for the immune system, healthy development, and regulating any inflammations. As shown in the Autism Parenting Magazine, autism has been added to the growing list of disorders that are affected by the gut-brain connection. Some scientists believe that gut bacteria imbalances can be found in children, as early as a developing fetus and is often a factor in the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Probiotics can help with IBS
People with autism usually undergo many serious digestive problems. One of the most popular symptoms of autism is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS causes abdominal pain, cramps, contestations, diarrhea, and severe bloating after eating. It is a gastrocolic reflux that is alarming the colon to start working too early. IBS patients must change eating habits and follow diets that excludes any sodas or fizzy drinks, unhealthy fat, alcohol, and includes insoluble fibers found in vegetables and fruits.
Probiotics are found to be a magical supplement for an IBS. The two most recommended strains for autism are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Many families swear that increasing probiotics with the right diet has shown great results on their autistic family members.
Probiotics and Food Allergy
Another ASD symptom related to the gut is food or milk allergy. Many studies confirm that the use of probiotics can relieve the symptoms of an allergy to cow’s milk among infants and older children. Yet, there is not enough evidence if it can actually induce tolerance to allergic substances.
Not only can probiotics relieve pain from IBS syndrome and other digestive problems, and not only are they important for healthy guts and stronger immune systems, but they also absorb the right nutrients needed from our diet. They also improve production of B12, which increases energy and brain health, they aid in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels, decrease anxiety and depression, and prevent any ulcers and urinary tract infections.
The research is promising and eludes to the possibility of using probiotics to treat ASD symptoms in the near future.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Research and studies are being conducted and updated more than many other disorders found in children. ASD’s causes are discovered and treatments are always updated. Today, probiotics are strongly recommended for children and adults with autism to treat their symptoms. Be sure to consult your doctor with the right dosage and strains to help your child in the best way possible.