By Loving Autism - April 2, 2022
There’s been a tidal wave of research pouring in from the likes of Harvard and Johns Hopkins Medicine revealing the quickest and most effective way to ease the symptoms of Autism/ADHD may be through, what they’re calling, “the 2nd brain”… aka the “Gut.”
In Fact, recently, a review of over 150 papers on ASD and gut bacteria found scientists have been reporting links between bacteria in the gut and autistic behavior since 1960.
The review highlights several studies showing that restoring a healthy balance in gut bacteria can ease the symptoms of ASD.
Here are 3 reasons why…(In easy-to-understand English)
To begin to understand the mechanics of the research and why thousands of parents are already implementing strategies based on the studies…and seeing dramatic results…
It’s important to start with the dynamic communication between the gut and the brain.
Let me explain…
Have you ever felt nauseous before giving a speech?
Ever had a “gut feeling” not to do something?
Butterflies in your stomach when you get nervous?
How about experiencing your mood change when you devour the leftover mac n’ cheese?...(There’s a reason they call it “comfort food”).
That’s because there’s a direct line of communication from your gut to your brain…
Your gut speaks to your brain (and vice versa).
The area in your gut responsible for communicating is known as your Enteric Nervous System (EDS).
In fact, the area of your brain that your gut communicates most with is responsible for…
✅ Mental Health
✅ Human Connection
…and a host of other variables affected by ASD.
Interestingly enough, over 70% of people with Autism/ADHD also have gastro problems and issues related to their gut.
There’s been several studies conducted which have shown the majority of people with ASD have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
Specifically, more bad bacteria than good bacteria.
Our initial work found major differences in the gut bacteria of children with Autism compared to typical children, and our subsequent work has confirmed those findings. Children with Autism seem to be missing hundreds of beneficial gut bacteria.
Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Ph.D., ASU Autism/Aspergers Research Program
The excess “bad bacteria” inevitably leads to the over-production of toxins which weakens the lining of the intestine, making it permeable…which leads to what’s known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a term used to describe “Hyperpermeable Intestines” which simply means the intestinal lining (your guts' filter) has holes in it, allowing toxins, yeast, undigested food, and other dangerous pathogens into your bloodstream.
Once the toxins, particles, and pathogens get into your bloodstream, it triggers the immune system to feel stress and danger.
As a response, the body goes into defense mode and becomes inflamed.
Which in turn puts pressure on the brain that intensifies (or creates) behaviors of ASD.
Does that make sense?
If not, read this section one more time…
If there’s nothing else you get from this,
That question takes us to Reason #3.
One Arizona State University study revealed the results of chronic inflammation (long-term inflammation)… and the parallels to behaviors of ASD is shocking.
Here’s what they found happened with inflammation…
Do those results and symptoms sound familiar?
Here the kicker…
In the same study,
When they introduced PROBIOTICS (good healthy bacteria) and a non-inflammatory diet to the test subjects,
Inflammation went down, and virtually all the behaviors and symptoms improved dramatically, and in some cases even went away.
This is why it’s critical to…
1. Your Gut directly communicates with your brain – if you have an unhealthy Gut, you’ll have an unhealthy brain.
2. The majority of people with ASD have a bacteria imbalance in their gut which leads to toxins and pathogens entering their bloodstream. This creates a chronic inflammatory response inside the body.
3. Inflammation puts pressure on the brain and intensifies (or creates) behaviors of ASD.
The easiest answer to help children with Autism/ADHD…
Heal The Gut And Reduce Inflammation!
There are several specific adjustments that can and should be made to the daily nutrition of the person with ASD.
But it’s not completely mandatory…
One of the easiest and simplest ways to heal the gut and reduce inflammation is to take a probiotic on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, not all probiotics are created equally.
There are specific ingredients and dosages that we found to be most effective and maximize results for children with Autism/ADHD.
To help improve sociability of a person with Autism/ADHD, the probiotic must contain a healthy bacteria strain called "Lactobacillus Reuteri or L-Reuteri."
These days you can find a probiotic at any local mini-mart.
But beware of their safety, quality, and effectiveness.
It seems like every vitamin company has quickly thrown a few cheap ingredients together and magically ... a “probiotic” appears on their list of products.
Just because there’s technically beef on a Big Mac, doesn’t mean it’s the same as the prime rib at a steakhouse.
The fact is,
There is a special blend of unique ingredients that must be combined to effectively help children with Autism/ADHD.
There are 5 components to consider when determining whether you're looking at a McDonalds' probiotic, or a ‘fancy steakhouse’ probiotic designed specifically for children with Autism/ADHD.
1. Strain Diversity and Strength
2. Look for a Probiotic that Contains a Strain Known as "L Reuteri"
3. Easy to Consume
4. Research Shows that Healing the Lining of the Gut is Extremely Important in Reducing Inflammation. Most Probiotics Only Contain Strains of Good Bacteria, and Some May Even Have Prebiotics
5. Buy From Companies Who Believe in Their Products. The Way to Tell Who Truly Stands Behind Their Products is by Their Guarantee..
If you can find a probiotic that contains all 5 of those components, you’re going to be Golden.
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The Brain-Gut Connection
General Gut-Brain Connection: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection
Gut microbe study shows promise as a potential treatment for autism
The Gut Microbiota and Autism Spectrum Disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5408485/
Can probiotics benefit children with autism spectrum disorders?https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5155168/
Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder-A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29562612 (Full Text – http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/3/369)
Ketogenic diet versus gluten free casein free diet in autistic children: a case-control study.
Gut microbiota’s effect on mental health: The gut-brain axis
Autism and nutrition: the role of the gut-brain axis
Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters the gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study
Gut microbe study shows promise as a potential treatment for autism
The strong correlation of gastrointestinal symptoms with autism severity indicates that children with more severe autism are likely to have more severe gastrointestinal symptoms and vice versa.
Microbial Reconstitution Reverses Maternal Diet-Induced Social and Synaptic Deficits in Offspring (L. reuteri treatment restores oxytocin levels, VTA plasticity, and social behaviors) https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)30730-9
Autism Speaks – Spotlight on the Gut Bacteria-Brain Connection in Autism
The Gut Microbiome: A New Frontier in Autism Research
Relationships between diet-related changes in the gut microbiome and cognitive flexibility
Probiotics & Autism: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28686541
The Perturbance of Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorders
A prebiotic intervention study in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Dietary interventions for autism spectrum disorder: New perspectives from the gut-brain axis
Dysbiosis of the microbiome and probiotic treatment in a genetic model of autism spectrum disorders
Gut microbiota in autism and mood disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26755882
Gastrointestinal microbiota in children with autism in Slovakia