According to newer medical research, children with autism seem to have less diverse gut bacteria in their microbiome compared to their neurotypical peers.
While the interaction between the microbiome, brain health, and developmental or behavioral health is complex, finding ways to diversify your child’s gut microbiome — through a healthy diet and, with guidance, dietary supplements — can potentially improve your child’s behaviors.
When your child feels better, they may have reduced feeding problems, which are often a struggle for children with autism.
From: The Brain Possible
Fermentation is an excellent way to preserve foods by lengthening shelf-life, but it also bolsters nutritional value. Arguably, fermentation’s most significant role is adding live micro-organisms—natural probiotics, which are essential to good digestion—to foods. Fermented foods embody “food as medicine.” They aid digestion, support immunity, and increase the nutritional content of foods. Research today highlights the importance of a diverse and healthy intestinal microbiome because it helps to fine-tune the immune system, thwarting harmful inflammation in the gut that contributes to or complicates some conditions, from diabetes to neurodegenerative diseases. Known health benefits originate from the live microbes that are found in foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, among others.