If you are a parent of a newly diagnosed child, the anxiety to find the “cure” is very much understandable. When I started this journey, I was truly overwhelmed with the comments in different Facebook and Whatsapp groups that people recovered their kids with diet, however, it didn’t really make sense to me that how actually diet helps treat autism and speech deficit?
This article is to answer your queries, if you are looking for the answer to questions like following:
- Can you reverse autism with diet?
- Can diet cure autism?
- Autism treatment with diet..
- What foods to avoid with autism?
- What foods can help autism?
Let me start with the most common misconception, i.e. “diet may reverse autism”. Yes, many people claim that they have observed the autism symptoms going away with the change in diet, however, we need to understand that autism is neurodiversity, which means the autistic brain works differently than the typical/normal human brain.
Autism is lifelong and cannot be reversed; it will go with the child for the lifetime. But yes, with several interventions, an autistic individual can become independent and have a better quality of life, just like any other person.
So, if someone is telling you that a certain diet can reverse autism, it’s surely a scam!
Now, let’s explore the deep insights of autism treatment with diet…
The Exact Role of Diet in Wellbeing of an Autistic Individual
Yes, diet plays a vital role in the well being of any individual, so does it help an autistic individual in many ways.
For instance, some people (both autistic & typical) have gluten or any other substance tolerance, so removing those substances from their diet plan can do wonders.
Let’s say if an autistic individual has some substance tolerance, having those substances in their daily diet creates discomfort for him/her and he/she cannot really explain this discomfort in a meaningful way.
The lack of expression results as undesirable behaviors.
You get the individual tested for such substance intolerance, and adjust the diet accordingly which removes the discomfort and the person feels good. As a result the undesirable behaviors vanish. But this doesn’t mean autism is cured!
But, that’s not just it. Many times, unhealthy eating can cause a lot of problems, even the autistic individual is not intolerant to any substance. For instance, the person may have some gastric issues, headaches, constipation, etc. causing discomfort. And lack of meaningful communication brings in challenging behaviors.
A healthy diet that consists of balanced micro and macro nutrients can help the individual not just to avoid these issues, but also in the overall well being. And as a result you will see many of the improper behaviors of your ASD child fading, because he is not having those difficulties anymore. So, it’s not that his autism is gone with diet, but only the undesired behaviors.
Healthy Diet is Important for Everyone; Not Just for Autistic Individuals
Moreover, the regular diet today is not that healthy due to massive commercial production, additives and preservatives. In addition to that, eating out too often, irregular meals, too much snacking can increase the damage.
Eat fresh and clean!
If you can afford buying or growing organic (at least fruits and vegetables), it’s a big plus. Alternatively you might want to consider using supplements as your doctor prescribes.
Wrapping it up!
So, do consider the diet to help your child on the autism spectrum. Make them eat healthy; anchorage at least two meals consisting of raw foods, but do not expect the diet to be reversing autism, rather focus on a diet that helps your child grow well!