I was shocked to find out that my favorite store-bought hummus is made with canola oil! We want to avoid unhealthy fats like canola oil because they are inflammatory. Inflammation is a problem for everyone, but can especially worsen troublesome symptoms for our autistic kids.
Clean water is so important! City water supplies can be contaminated by things like heavy metals, human or animal medications, or even bleach. While there is testing and filtration for these things, some of them still end up in our water supply. So what can you do to make sure your autistic child (and the rest of your family) is drinking clean water?
Proteins are the building blocks of life, necessary for our cells, neurotransmitters, and many other things. Without the amino acids that make up proteins, our bodies just won’t function properly. So where can we fit protein into our autistic children’s diets?
The Nemechek Protocol seeks to decrease brain inflammation by addressing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (often called SIBO). There is an important connection between the brain and the gut, so treating SIBO is a sensible way to address brain inflammation–which itself is a common problem for our kids with autism.
We’re often told that our autistic kids need things like occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and ABA. Many of these interventions are necessary, but why wouldn’t you do the best you could to make the most progress in the shortest amount of time?