Monday, October 10, 2011

Children, Autism and Probiotics

Drug treatments for people with autism can be very harsh toward, and kill off the beneficial or "probiotic" bacteria that live in their intestines. This upsets the balance in the intestines causing discomfort and frustration - usually in the form of diarrhea or constipation. Supplemental probiotics restore balance and regularity which means less discomfort and more pleasant days and nights.

It's not some kind of magic; it's simple physics: 2 objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. When supplemental probiotics are introduced into the diet of someone who is on a regimen of drugs for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), the probiotics are given the "upper hand", allowing them to occupy more space than the harmful bacteria that cause intestinal distress. As anyone who has ever suffered from intestinal distress can tell you, it's miserable. Possibly the only thing worse than intestinal distress, is intestinal distress experienced by someone who already has other things causing them misery.

Another way probiotics help someone with autism is by maintaining the integrity of intestinal surfaces. Healthy intestinal surfaces are far more able to keep undigested foods from "leaking" into the gut causing complex and unpleasant reactions that can result in food allergies and other health issues. Since the drugs used for ASD cause leaky gut in almost everyone they're used on, it is extremely important to control the situation with a therapeutic dose, high quality probiotic.

Not only should the probiotic, be of high quality and potency, it should also be easy to administer. Recent product developments and improvements have created a marriage of potency, quality and ease of delivery. Some are so easy to use it takes nothing more than folding a small amount into applesauce or other soft food and serving it.

As probiotic research continues, technology advances and awareness is raised, there may come a day when most, if not all with ASD who suffer from intestinal discomfort can finally find relief.

Author - Mike Homisak
A full time, long term employee of leading probiotic company Master Supplements, Inc., Mike Homisak is a contributor to many of the companies' efforts. One such effort is their free, informative, bi-weekly newsletter. The Master Supplements, Inc. newsletter keeps you up to date on the true benefits of probiotic use and will help you make better choices about your own intestinal health. To receive this free, bi-weekly newsletter yourself, simply visit: to subscribe.

As always, I wish you good gut health! - Mike Homisak, Master Supplements, Inc

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