Anti-Inflammatory Foods that can help kiddos with Autism

July 29, 2012

Studies and clinical experience have shown that many children on the autistic spectrum have a range of health problems, often concerning the gut and immune system.  A very common biomedical problem found in children with autism is a chronic inflammatory state.  It has been proven that persistent, chronic inflammation can also be linked to asthma, type II diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other autoimmune, neurological and inflammatory bowel diseases.  Inflammation is our body’s immune response to injuries, infections, stress, foreign substances and other irritants.  It is essential for everyone to keep chronic inflammation at bay.  ZAKSDAD and I are very strong believers in a biomedical approach to helping Zak.  Like many individuals with Autism, Zak struggles with “gut health” and diet is just one way to help.  Below is a list of foods that can help reduce inflammation.  Many of these foods can be “hidden” in recipes for smoothies, spaghetti sauce & muffins!  This week, we will provide some recipes to help your little ones.  Enjoy.

 

  • Almonds
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Coconut-fresh
  • Garlic-fresh
  • Lentils
  • Onions
  • Peas-fresh
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Yams
  • Zucchini

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