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Top 10 Nutrition Recommendations for ASD

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1 Healthy Diet:

  • 3-4 servings of healthy vegetables (esp. leafy greens)
  • 1-2 servings of fruit (especially whole fruit)
  • 2-3 servings of protein
  • Minimal sugar, junk food
  • Avoid artificial colors, flavors, preservatives
  • Organic if possible (see Clean15 and Dirty Dozen)

2 Trial of gluten-free, casein-free diet

(1 month for casein, 3 months for gluten)

3 Vitamin/Mineral supplement:

ANRC Essentials or similar brand

4 Check iron and Vitamin D status

Iron: Low iron is especially common in individuals with sleep problems, young children, and females who are menstruating. Add iron if needed – but only if needed, as too much iron can also be a problem

Vitamin D: A blood test can detect if a person has low vitamin D - this is common if people have less than 1 hour/day of direct exposure to the sun. Windows, clothing, and sunscreen lotion block most of the sunlight needed to make vitamin D.

5 Essential Fatty Acids

especially needed if not eating 1 serving of fatty fish each week;

6 Amino Acids

especially if consuming insufficient protein

7 Carnitine

especially if not eating 2 or more servings/week of beef or pork

8 Digestive enzymes

especially if loose stools or gaseousness

9 Melatonin

if having problems sleeping

10 Trial of very high dose vitamin B6 with Mg

(8 mg B6 per pound of bodyweight, and half that for magnesium; i.e., for a 100 pound person, 800 mg B6 and 400 mg magnesium)

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