Gut Health and Autism: All About That Ease of Suffering

Just so you know, I am NOT promoting any sort of a cure. I see curing autism the way you see Invasion of the Body Snatchers. What I am promoting is a series of tips that could ease suffering for the autistic person. Recent scientific studies have confirmed that the autistic person’s stomach is different from the neurotypical type.  

I don’t think treating gut health will cure autism. I think treating gut health will ease suffering to a degree. And don’t we want to ease autistic suffering?  

Here are a few tips that may help with gut health: 

  1. Lowering stress: This helps with a lot of ailments, not just gut health. Autistic people encounter stressors from the very environment we live in. This could include sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch. It could also include social interaction. If you need to say no to a social event, say no. Those who really love you will care and understand. 
  1. SLEEP: Always get your fill. Sleep is another thing that helps with a lot of ailments, too. I don’t need to reiterate the benefits of sleep, including stress reduction, but get what you can. 
  1. Eat Slowly: This is the one which I have had the hardest time with. I have had to learn how to eat slowly for the past few years, because I was often escaping some stressor in the past. Anyway, eating your food slowly helps digestion and gut health, giving it more time to process the food. 
  1. WATER: Again, another thing to help ailments. Did you know the body is 90-something percent water? It is the most helpful and hydrating liquid on the planet. 
  1. Probiotics: This is one of the harder things to do. What are probiotics, anyway? They are live, beneficial bacteria which helps digestion and breaks down harmful substances in the gut. They are found in a high-quality supplement, yogurts, sauerkraut, and various fermented foods. (It’s okay if you don’t like one or more of these; I have trouble with sauerkraut.) I would find a food or method I liked and get to it. 
  1. Food Intolerances: Many parents of the autistic tend to think this particular tip can change an autistic person’s behavior. SPOILER ALERT: It can’t. I happen to have a relative with gluten intolerance, so I am okay with this one in moderation. Gluten-free is a version of this tip. I would only look to this to ease suffering, which is how it helps autistic behavior. 
  1. A Healthy Diet: Do I need to say it again? Plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and lean proteins. Many people choose plant-based diets for their health, too. (I’ve been told they get enough protein, too.) I will not object.  

Now, notice I am not promoting a cure. What I am promoting are ways to ease suffering in the autistic person, child or adult. So, if you are desperate for a cure to autism, do not come to me. If, however, you are wondering how to help ease the suffering autistic, you or anyone else you care about, I suggest these tips. I’ve been told many autistic people suffer from gut health problems.  

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