New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. Provides Tips on How Healing the Gut Can Positively Impact a Child With Autism and Autoimmune Conditions

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Many Autoimmune Disorders Can Be Complicated by or Originate With a Leaky Gut

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If a child has a leaky gut, it’s very likely that the integrity of the blood brain barrier has been weekend. To heal the critical brain barrier it is important to address the gut as well.

“If a child has developed autism or another autoimmune disorder, it is important to consider how digestion impacts the development, or exacerbation, of these health issues,” began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and owner of New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.

“When any part of the digestive process is compromised, it affects the entire body. For example in some children with autism, there is a marked risk for a digestive complication known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, LGS, also know as intestinal dysbiosis. While not all children with autism possess this complication, there is a greater probability for children with LGS to develop autoimmune issues in early childhood,” Dr. Griffin concluded.

LGS is a condition that is described as a faulty digestive tract in which the cells of the intestinal wall are found to be less tightly compressed, leading to leakage of gut fluids and components into the blood stream. When toxins fill the blood stream, they may adverse pass through the blood-brain barrier, leading to complications with brain function and cognition. This secondary condition is referred to as leaky brain syndrome. For a child, symptoms of leaky brain syndrome may manifest themselves as depression, irritable behavior, mood swings, and symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

A clear connection has been drawn between the health of the gut and the health of the brain. A leaky gut allows for molecules to pass into systemic circulation, which then activate an inflammatory response. The resulting pro-inflammatory cytokines can then induce a host of autoimmune and neuroimmune disorders in the body.

Dr. Griffin commented, “If a child has a leaky gut, it’s very likely that the integrity of the blood brain barrier has been weekend. To heal the critical brain barrier it is important to address the gut as well. Dr. Griffin offers several key recommendations that can help the healing process began.

1.    Identify and eliminate any food allergies

In order to heal the intestinal lining, foods that stimulate an allergic reaction must be avoided. Permeability increases dramatically after exposure to allergenic foods. The most common allergenic foods increase the tendency for IGS and leaky brain include all wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt, kamut (the gluten grains), soys, peanuts, dairy and yeast. Scientific evidence has demonstrated that gluten can be harmful to many key organs throughout the body including the brain. Following a strict gluten-free diet is an essential part of the healing process.

Repairing the intestinal lining requires a lot of energy, which must be provided by eating high nutritional foods. Avoid irritants such as caffeine, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and foods filled with preservatives.

2. Supplements That Promote Intestinal Healing

Several nutrients help to maintain and fortify the integrity of the intestinal lining, including:

a. Glutamine is the main fuel that the intestinal cells need for maintenance and repair. Glutamine reinforces the immune system, and there is considerable evidence that glutamine can enhance the barrier function of the gut against viral, bacterial, and food antigen invaders.

b. Total Leaky Gut provides a comprehensive array of nutrients to support the integrity of the intestinal lining; Total Leaky Gut is comprised of a number of key nutrients that can help heal the gut.

c. IPS is another intestinal permeability supplement which can aid in the repair of the lining of the mucosa.

d. IntestiNEW supports the healthy function of the intestinal lining. IntestiNEW is an L-glutamine and N-acetyl D-glucosamine supplement with herbs to help soothe the digestive system.
Glutamine and IntestiNEW are available at New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. Total Leaky Gut and IPS are available through Dr. Griffin’s office, Vital Health, Inc.

3. Supplement Probiotics/Friendly Bacteria

Completing a course of multi-strain probiotics is necessary to repopulate the intestinal track and allow the intestinal lining to repair itself. Probiotics provide a good pH level for the gut to work properly. It also tackles two other important functions, crowding out pathogenic organisms, which harm the intestinal lining and killing off negative bacteria, and yeasts that may be harmful to the intestinal lining. New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. carries several types of probiotics from national companies.

4. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes help the body successfully breakdown fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. They also play an important role in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food properly. Having adequate digestive enzymes is key in maintaining a healthy gut.

5. DHA and Omega-3 Oils

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) plays an integral role in ensuring optimal cognitive and neurological health. Omega-3 oils improve brain function, decrease inflammation, reduce the incidence of fatal heart attacks and ischemic strokes, improve the outcome of autoimmune diseases, and improve vision. Both DHA and Omega-3 oils are available in infant and children formulas at New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.

New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. recommends consulting your physician before introducing any new supplement.

About New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.:

Established in 1988, New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. provides Chicagolands’ largest selection of allergy-free foods that have met their high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition. New allergy-free foods are introduced weekly. They also carry frozen foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic, aromatherapy, body care, pet care, household items and much more. New Vitality features only the highest quality, effective nutritional supplements to support their customers total health. New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. is located at 9177 West 151st Street, Orland Park, Il 60462 (708) 403-0120 http://www.newvitalityhealthfoods.com Vital Health (http://www.vitalhealth.org)

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