This is a GFCF Diet (Gluten-free, Casien-free) for children with autism
Importance of GFCF Diet
Foodfacts.com observes that digestive health is of primary importance in autism. Common digestive symptoms have further been linked to behavioral changes in autistic individuals. Foods are a common cause of both digestive complaints and behavioural issues.
Two major food components shown to play a part in autism are gluten (from grains) and casein (from dairy).
The origin of these opioids was shown to be undigested foods containing gluten and casein in the diet. Increasing evidence suggests that these foods can cause changes in mood, behaviour and digestion.
The GFCF diet (gluten-free, casien-free diet) for autism was proposed to correct the imbalance in opioids that was seen in about 80 percent of these children. It has been gaining in popularity over the last few years.
The basis of this diet is removal of gluten and casein to improve behaviour and digestion in autistic individuals. Many parents who have implemented the diet for their children have noticed remarkable improvements in health and function after individuals are on the diet.
Studies have shown that these improvements are real and have been measured objectively. The dietary changes have produced results well beyond the capability of any currently known prescription drugs.
Opioid proteins are known to attach to receptors in the brains and guts to create behavioral changes as well as digestive complaints like constipation, diarrhoea and bloating.
Autistics do not have the stomach enzymes that normally break down the proteins from milk and wheat (and other grains). This allows undigested foods to travel through the stomach and into the intestines, where they are absorbed through a “leaky gut“.
“Leaky gut” is common in autism and implies that the intestines are more permeable than normal. This can play a major role in food allergies and in gluten and casein sensitivity. Gluten and casein can enter the circulation through this “leaky gut” and travel to the brain.
By implementing the GFCF diet, these proteins will not be absorbed and are unable to cause harm. It has been noted in many cases that constipation, diarrhoea, self-injurious behavior and “dazed” sensations have all improved simply by removing gluten and casein from the diet.
Results differ among individuals, as does the time on the GFCF diet needed to see the effects. A trial should be under the supervision of a qualified practitioner knowledgeable in the diet to prevent nutritional deficiency.
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