When there’s a GAP, trust your GUT

At school, my son has an IEP for Autism, but within that diagnosis, there are many GAPS. For years I had questioned whether or not my son had autism or ADHD or sensory processing disorder. Many of his behaviors – both current and outgrown – are characteristic of all three conditions. Despite his actions, and their similarities to an individual with autism, my gut consistently insisted that there was another piece to my son’s puzzle, another page to his story. Once he was officially diagnosed with autism by the school district, I reignited my search for any research I could get my fingertips on for how to “beat” autism. Although there is no cure, many autism parents swear by the Gaps Diet, believing that there is a link between the gut, the psyche, and what you eat. Ironically enough, it was when I was first familiarizing myself with the gluten free and casein free diet plan associated with Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) that I found out my son has celiac disease. Because of the autoimmune disease, my son actually needs to remain on a gluten free diet for life! Young children are in a constant state of development, and when they develop celiac disease, their body/mind isn’t absorbing the nutrients it requires to thrive. This unfortunate circumstance can result in a developmental delay, causing symptoms and behaviors related to autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, etc. Will a strict gluten free diet “beat/cure” my son of autism? I don’t know. Maybe that’s just another dimension of the incredible kid that he is. Regardless of whether my son has autism, celiac disease, or both, it is interesting to consider the relationship between one’s gut and their psyche. Between food, feelings and performance. Gluten free isn’t for everyone, but it is for my child, and it could be for yours.

Please read this very informational article: https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/everything-need-know-gaps-diet/

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