Autism is a daily management process involving how nutrition directly correlates with inflammation. The inflammatory process is microscopic, symptoms can be acute, persisting, or masked for years. Symptoms of underlying chronic inflammation can manifest in the body in many different forms. Biospecific means regarding applying individual nutritional plans is a delicate and sensitive arena when it comes to managing life with Autism
Nutrition plays a powerful role in the immune systems resilience to overcome the destructive markers that invading microorganisms create (undiagnosed food sensitivities, previous infections, compromised immune system function, improper / compromised lymphatic operations, toxins, viruses, bacteria, and parasites). Unfortunately, the immune system sometimes goes awry and attacks the body itself. These misdirected immune responses are referred to as autoimmunity,often demonstrated through antibodies toward the body.
Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function.
The methylation process is the body’s ability to turn something “on” or “off”. Nutrition can improve the role of the methylation piece. Playing a role in activating and deactivating biochemical processes, genes, immunity responses, and neurotransmitters. Nutrition is a key factor in the role that methylation pathways plays. The body’s genetic inability to methylate effectively directly affects this biological process as it is dependent on several vitamins and minerals.
B-Vitamins, are vitally important to fetal development especially in the first few weeks, are most affected by mutations of the MTHFR pathway. Those who have mutations in the MTHFR gene may not be able to adequately metabolize folic acid like that found in most common prenatal vitamin formulations. Due to the inability to convert the synthetic form folic acid to the more active form of methylated folate in the body, folic acid begins to build up in the body and is essentially unable to be utilized.
MTHFR has become tied closely with neurological disorders like Autism. The statistics cannot be ignored, 98% of individuals with Autism have an MTHFR genetic mutation which inhibits their ability to turn folate into methylfolate efficiently. In addition to Autism, between 40%-50% of Americans have some sort of MTHFR dysfunction, inhibiting the methylation cycle and causing a countless variety of health conditions.
The importance of the gastrointestinal tract.
Foods to help “heal” the gut
Environmental role of stress on the body
Therapeutic foods to consider
Foods to avoid
How does this genetic dysfunction tie in with Autism?
Autistics with this mutation, show through studies that examines the effects of certain Vitamins and Minerals on Autistic children and adults. This study involved 141 children and adults with Autism. It was a double blind study that examined the biomarkers of the participants. Improving the methylation cycle and Glutathione levels of the group, remarkably noted significant improvements in behavior and receptivity.
Appropriate and applicable nutritional knowledge to help support food selectivity that coherently aligns with autistic individuals to provide basic consumption of high quality protien, omega-3, vitamin and minerals is a crucial component for bio individual resilience. Whole Foods that are not processed, they are fresh and organic providing nourishment and antioxidants to keep our bodies and immunity strong.