A Functional Medicine Approach to Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD, previously called “autism”) is a poorly understood family of related conditions. It is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain for which the exact causes are unknown. However, it is now recognized that there is probably a combination of factors that lead to autism. Genetic factors seem to play a role, as well as a number of other possible environmental factors such as diet, digestive tract changes, mercury and chemical toxicity, overuse of antibiotics and viral infections.

Sanoviv Medical Institute provides lifestyle recommendations for many conditions and their focus  is to support a natural approach to improving symptoms.

This is the first in a series of blogs to share the functional medicine approach to the Autism Spectrum.

Specific Dietary Recommendations

  • Eliminate gluten-containing grains (e.g., wheat, barley, rye) and casein in milk products. Following a strict, gluten and casein-free diet can help improve symptoms related to autism. However, it may take up to 8 months for noticeable changes to occur.
  • Strictly avoid food additives, dyes, preservatives (such as monosodium glutamate or MSG), pesticides and artificial sweeteners (sucralose/Splenda, saccharin, aspartame).
  • It is essential that the diet contains fresh, whole, unprocessed foods, including plenty of vegetables and fruits. Processed foods, caffeine, and sugar must be avoided.
  • Rule out other food allergies through an Elimination Diet or Simplified Elimination Diet.

Specific Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Get a minimum of 20-30 minutes of sunshine daily to improve vitamin D status.
  • Avoid exposure to toxins (gasoline, paint, solvents, cigarette smoke, cleaners, bug sprays, heavy metals, air pollution).
  • Get a complete dental evaluation and consider removal of any mercury-amalgam fillings by a biological dentist who will follow the proper protocol.
  • Avoid drugs (if possible), especially antibiotics, acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and prescription drugs.
  • Avoid thimerosol-containing vaccines.

Sanoviv Medical Institute is a state-of-the-art, fully-licensed hospital and health resort that offers a unique blend of conventional, alternative, and integrative programs to help maintain your good health and to treat a wide range of diseases.

HOW SMART IS YOUR FOOD?

SMART METAPHORIs your food smart? Here is how you answer this question. Is the food you are choosing based on,

  • Simple and Pure Ingredients?
  • Macronutrients that are balanced?
  • Advanced Fats?
  • Research Validated ingredients?
  • Total personalization to YOUR needs?

One of the keys I have found is to do your menu planning ahead of time and plan your meals and snacks. It is good to always have healthy snacks on hand, healthy smoothie options for our busy life and a shopping list!

I recommend you integrate into your menu planning some SMART MEAL REPLACEMENT SMART BARSshakes and SMART NUTRITION BARS. I love the MY SMART nutrition bars, especially the coconut cashew. Delicious! The label is simple and pure and very satisfying!

Here are some of the label highlights of the MYSMART BARS. Great to have with you!

  • SMART BAR LABEL9-11 grams of protein (Fills you up)
  • 6- 7 grams of fat (half of which is saturated fat from coconut oil)
  • 130 – 150 calories
  • 13-15 grams of Carbohydrates ( 6-9 grams of these are fiber)
  • They taste great!

MY SMART MEAL REPLACEMENT is a great way to make breakfast when you are in a hurry. I have my favorite! I use a cup of Almond SHAKE BASESMilk, Orange Creme Flavor Stick and 2 scoops any of the My SMART Shake bases.

Here are some of the label highlights of MySMART Shake Bases.

  • Zero added Sugar
  • 12 grams of carbohydrate (8 grams of fiber)
  • Low Glycemic Impact
  • 18 grams of Protein
  • CARBS IN MYSMART SHAKE6 grams of fat (4 grams of saturated fat from coconut oil)

These MYSMART foods have clean, pure ingredients that create a beneficial balance of macronutrients—carbohydrates, proteins, and fats mainly from coconut oil. And they support a low-glycemic impact on your body.

You’ll be able to make a balanced meal that perfectly fits to your needs and tastes by mixing in fruit, greens or your favorite healthy ingredients.

Here is Your 1, 2, 3 SMART Food System

  • STEP 1 – Choose Protein Base  – Three protein bases with a mild vanilla flavor—plant, soy, and whey
    STEP 2 – Choose Flavor Optimizer – Five MySmart™ Flavor Optimizers—dark chocolate, cappuccino, peach mango, banana, and orange cream
  • STEP 3 – If you want extra protein or fiber – add – Fibergy and/or MySmart™Shake Protein Plus—new whey protein optimizer
  • STEP 4 – Remember your SMART PROTEIN BARS – Coconut Cashew, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

I love that you can customize MySmartFoods to work with your dietary needs and support your goals—wherever you are on your journey to optimal health.

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5 Digestive Health Tips After Thanksgiving

SICK STOMACHNeed some digestive health tips? For many of us, digestive discomfort has become a fact of life…especially at holiday time. Do you suffer from gas, bloating, upset stomach, constipation or heartburn? By paying attention and making a few simple changes, you can help your digestive system do the job it was made to do – absorbing nutrients and keeping things running smoothly. Learn what you can do today to help take care of your digestive system.

1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily

There’s almost nothing better for your digestive system and your overall health than water. Drinking too little water slows down your digestive system significantly because a harder stool is more difficult to pass. Drink plenty of water and other fluids, especially after you exercise.

2. Move – Physical activity speeds up digestion, increases blood flow to all your organs, and stimulates muscles in the GI tract, helping your organs work more efficiently. It can even tone the walls of your colon! Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day.

3. Make fiber a regular part of every day, and you will be regular every day. Fiber is the traffic cop that helps keep everything moving smoothly in your intestines. It slows down digestion and absorption so the glucose in food enters your bloodstream more slowly, keeping your blood sugar at a more even level. Additionally, fiber increases the weight and size of your stools, and by softening them, fiber helps them pass quickly through your system. Without fiber, you get the gas, gridlock, and occasional discomfort of constipation

4. Take a Probiotic – Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions but particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. They are particularly good at regulating the amount of healthy bacteria in your system and normalizing bowel movements. Take a probiotic supplement for a minimum of two weeks — try it and see if you notice a difference! CLICK HERE TO ORDER

5. Knock out your Trouble Foods with a Digestive enzyme -The Digestive Enzyme I recommend contains seven different enzymes, which help break down most of the foods we eat, from dairy and protein to fats and carbohydrates and helps alleviate the feeling of over-fullness after a large meal. The artichoke extract provides even more relief for occasional upset stomach or bloating caused by indigestion. CLICK HERE TO TRY IT

BIG NEWS !!!! – On the Monday, November 30 Dr Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz will be speaking to  WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley about how he uses this digestive supplement to optimize his digestive health.