Autism 101- Digestive Problems

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Greetings earthlings! 🙂

Today I’m going to discuss the issue of digestive problems for people on the spectrum- but don’t worry, I’ll stick to the science! I won’t regale you with any personal tales on this occasion 😛 😉

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are among the most commonly associated conditions with autism.

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Evidence suggests that autists may be over 3.5 times more likely to suffer from issues such as diarrhea, constipation, food allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel diseases (i.e. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis).

I know- not the most pleasant of subjects, but we can all be adults right? 😉

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Joking aside- these are serious issues for people with autism, especially for children. Autists are already sensitive to such stimuli as sound and touch. Adding GI discomfort to the mix can make things so much more difficult. The associated pain from these conditions can worsen…

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2 thoughts on “Autism 101- Digestive Problems

  1. I find that by adding some sea salt to the first bite of food I take, helps to start the production of stomach acid. Also, no drinking of fluids while eating, and for at least half an hour afterwards, helps the digestive process work. ❤

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    1. Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately one of those is an example of why all the different problems of autism negatively impact each other. It might be healthier to not drink with food but I can’t eat when my mouth is too dry and without drinking in between bites I start to choke; probably psychosomatic but… what can you do!
      Great tips for other readers! 🙂

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