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Autism and GAPS Diet

Written by Olivia Cerf.

Effect of GAPS Diet on Autism

According to the clinical observations of Natasha Campbell-McBride, founder of the [GAPS diet][1], restoring the gut flora and removing inflammatory foods from the diet can improve the symptoms of [autism][2].

Healthy Bacteria Vs. Pathogenic Bacteria

The pathogenic bacteria that are often found in excess in people with autism digest food into toxic byproducts, eliminating the food's nutritional value. These byproducts enter the bloodstream and move to the brain. Among other behavioral disruptions, these toxins can affect the patient's perceptions of sound, leading to unpleasant sensation and reaction.

Healthy gut bacteria, on the other hand, synthesize essential vitamins, including vitamin K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, thiamine (vitamin Bi), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B), cyancobalamin (vitamin B12).

Restoring the healthy gut bacteria enhances the presence of these vitamins in the body, and may resolve the malnutrition that often accompanies autism.1

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1Campbell-McBride, Natasha. Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine 23, no. 2 (2008): 90-94

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