Parents wonder, “If my child with autism is on a gluten free and casein free diet then how will they get enough calcium?”
No dairy!!! Why not? A few reasons are that it’s Inflammatory, has a naturally high sugar content, and it creates opiates just like gluten does. Yes, just like opiate drugs, so your child may be addicted to them. Then you may ask, “How do I get calcium into my child’s body?”
Minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium aid in eliminating acids from the body. An acidic body is one with toxicity, infections, and disease.
If there is not an adequate supply of calcium absorbed from food or supplements, the body will recruit from its own resources, such as retrieving calcium from teeth and bones and magnesium from muscle. This leads to deficiencies in those areas and greater problems can result.
I do not advocate supplementing with calcium either since excess cellular calcium can trigger many destructive processes in the brain, especially when there is lead toxicity. There are many good nutritional sources to get calcium from food. Such as broccoli, kale, almonds, salmon and sardines.
Additionally, supplements that help with calcium absorption include:
It’s estimated that up to 80% of people are deficient in this mineral. It can become depleted by many things including lipid peroxidation which largely affects organs that are made of fat.
The brain contains 60% fats; therefore it is highly susceptible to the damage that can be done by lipid peroxidation and to toxins from lipid-soluble substances such as pesticides and mercury.
Magnesium is responsible for over 400 enzymatic reactions in the body, helps keep bones healthy along with calcium symptoms of magnesium deficiency are muscle cramps and weakness, blood clotting, heart weakness, bed wetting, hearing loss, imbalanced brain chemistry, lowered immunity, energy metabolism, insulin sensitivity, the body’s use of glucose, issues with respiratory function, increases energy production, and the regulation of blood pressure.
Children with autism commonly have issues with sulfation. This is a detoxification issue which we are working to improve. However, as it is being balanced, start very slowly with low dosages of magnesium since as those detoxification pathways are not working properly the magnesium can cause hyperactivity which is the opposite of its normal reaction to calm. Please listen to my podcast episode #24, with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, The Sulfation Pathway in Autism.
Epsom salts can be helpful for calming by adding to a warm bath, however, if your child is still having sulfation, or detoxification issues, then they may become hyperactive from magnesium or epsom salts which is the opposite of its natural calming ability. They way to learn for your child is by starting with a very small amount at first and see how they do. About one-eighth to one-quarter of the usual amount is good to begin with.
Some food sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables and seafood.
Food sources of potassium include bananas, avocado, sweet potato, grapefruit and coconut water.
Foods rich in vitamin C include berries and citrus fruits.
Foods rich in vitamin K include leafy greens such as kale.
Foods to limit which inhibit calcium absorption:
Too much salt can affect your calcium levels, try to steer clear of canned and processed foods.
It’s also important to watch your caffeine intake, and avoid sodas or energy drinks, which contain phosphorus. Research shows getting phosphorus without calcium can lead to bone loss (10).
Also be sure to remove more of the bad foods from your child’s diet that may be contributing to their agitation, irritability, trouble sleeping, inability to focus, and much more. Please get my free food guide now to know the top 7 foods to eliminate from your child’s diet.
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The first crucial step of autism recovery is to begin restoring health to the gut and the immune system.
The health of the gut is directly linked to the health of the brain and therefore to the symptoms of autism. In fact, 80% of the immune system comes from the gut so if the gut is not healthy, then the brain can’t thrive, and the immune system is compromised. It’s a vicious cycle, but thankfully, it’s one that we can put an end to by first eliminating harmful foods.