Autism includes a group of developmental disabilities than can cause social and behavioral problems. The spectrum of autism varies widely, and it affects boys more often than girls. Because autism revolves around the way the individual communicates to others, parents can often spot signs of autism early on in their child’s life.
Natural Remedies to Treat Autism
There is no “cure” or clinical treatment for autism. Fortunately, however, there are some natural treatments that can help reduce the effects of such.
1. Magnesium Supplements
Magnesium deficiency can exacerbate some of the symptoms/signs of autism, including grinding teeth, rocking back and forth, anxiety, and lack of concentration. You can easily find magnesium supplements in your local grocery/health food store. Or, if it’s easier, those with autism can include foods every day that contains a good amount of magnesium.
2. Fish Oil/Omega 3’s
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the body’s normal and healthy develop. Fish oil and other healthy fats have even been shown to nourish the brain and reduce symptoms of depression and other neurological diseases. Some studies suggest that high levels of omega-3s can increase socialization in individuals suffering from autism.
In addition, omega-3s can help address hyperactive tendencies. Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and supplements (with mercury removed) can easily be found in any grocery store. Another easy item to incorporate into the daily routine and high in omega-3s are walnuts.
Poor sleep habits can affect those with autism more, which results in poorer behavior. Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in your body. If your body does not produce enough, it will impact your sleep cycle, causing crankiness, irritability, and a lack of concentration.
Many foods such as bananas, pineapples, and oranges, contain melatonin, but in very small amounts. If melatonin is to be incorporated into a diet, it is best to find a supplement. Melatonin herbal supplements are easy to find at your local store, and are even safe for children.
Better, more productive and regular sleep will help those with autism better control their emotions and communicate effectively.
Some researchers believe that the cause of autism was dietary in nature, therefore some of the effects can also be treated through the diet. These same researchers believe that poor gut health increases and intensifies the effects of autism.
Probiotics help stimulate growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, which helps individuals’ process nutrients more effectively. Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt. Try to incorporate yogurt into your day at least twice, and this may help reduce some of the signs of autism.
Overall Health for Treatment of Autism
As with so many conditions, an overall healthy body may help reduce many symptoms of autism. This includes avoiding a lot of sugar, incorporating lots of colorful organic fruits and veggies into your diet, and getting your vitamins. However, it is also important to remember that autism is a behavioral disorder, and not a disease that can be cured.
There are many factors that may help someone better cope with autistic behaviors. Some helpful factors include sticking to a routine, enrolling in behavior therapy, and the befriending of others with and without autism. It is important to remember that every individual is unique and affected by autism differently.
These natural remedies will help treat some of the symptoms of autism, but it is important to know the specific needs and sensitivities of the individual with autism.