Gut flora deficiency in autistic children

GutBacteriaAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) frequently occurs in conjunction with a variety of other health disorders.

Low stomach acid is one of the most common issues, causing not only discomfort, but many nutritional issues as well.

Research indicates that low stomach acid is found in the majority of children with autism.

According to Autism Speaks, these children are 3.5 times as likely to suffer from chronic diarrhea or constipation than their peers.

Gastrointestinal issues have negative effects on behavior, as well as the progression of affected children. GI issues have a serious effect on digestive processes, intestinal health, adrenal performance, immune strength—and thus the child’s growth and development.

So, where does stomach acid come in?

Stomach acid creates a balanced environment in the belly to promote protein digestion and the functions of the enzyme pepsin. AND… those working enzymes kill the pathogens and parasites sneaking into the body via food.

Because the child’s body is unable to ward off parasites, the parasites will multiply and spread because no acid is available to eliminate the toxins.

Protective pancreatic enzymes are also triggered by proper stomach acid strength.

If the stomach acid is too low, the enzymes are not released and the lack of stomach enzymes help create a breeding ground for increasing pathogens and parasites in the child’s gut.

Many people do not realize the huge role intestinal health plays in general health. So, if your child’s gut isn’t healthy, it likely doesn’t have the necessary bacteria it needs to promote effective digestion and immune function.

As an additional tip, parents may want to investigate, the Autism Hope Alliance (, says there is a unique link between blood type and prevalence of autism.

According to research, 8 of 10 children with autism have blood type A, the most sensitive blood type.

Children with blood type A are most susceptible to low immune function, various diseases and infections, digestive problems and mineral deficiency.

High quality probiotic supplements for your autistic child, taken with each meal,  is a sensible choice. But even more obvious is a diet consisting of nutritional WHOLE food (NOT PROCESSED).

Probably the worst thing that ever happened to today’s children are the additive and sugar-laden cereals that are marketed as ‘breakfast.’

Good luck to all the parents who have the gumption to seek information and choices that will separate the’ wheat from the chaf’f of today’s medical system and will help their children be what nature intended them to be.


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