Leaky Gut Syndrome

Too Much Cotton Candy; Can It Lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Too Much Cotton Candy; Can It Lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome in conjunction with autism is still being researched.  My daughter seems to go on sprees where she will only eat things that start with P.  So, pizza, pickles, and peanut butter.  While I am no scientist, I am sure that isn’t exactly helping her tummy issues very much.  But, all kidding aside, leaky gut syndrome is the inability of the intestinal wall to keep out large, unwanted molecules. This symptom of autism most often signifies that the intestinal wall is more permeable. Leaky gut syndrome in autistic children may occur because of increased sensitivity or allergies to different foods.

Only Eating Foods that Start with “P”

Leaky gut syndrome is problematic because it allows stuff that is normally filtered out to get into the intestines. Since these molecules are not usually allowed inside the gut, my daughter’s little body misinterprets these non-harmful substances as a viruses or infections and begins to produce antibodies to attack them.  So, Pizza, pickles, and peanut butter usually turns into lots and lots of poop.  Lots and Lots of Poop.  💩

So What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome Anyway?

What can cause leaky gut syndrome? Researchers are still working to more fully understand the causes.  It’s another one of those things that researchers don’t know for sure what the causes are, but know for sure that our kids have it.  Fun, right?

So If I Just Stop Giving Her Stuff that Starts with P – Will it Get Rid of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

So, if we just stop feeding our kids cotton candy or any foods that start with “P” – will that help?  Well, maybe and maybe not.  However some parents I know have do some diet related changes to try to help their kiddos and so they have less 💩 clean up on aisle 2!  Because of the sensitivity of the digestive system with leaky gut syndrome, many parents of autistic children find that putting their child on gluten- and casein-free diets can help. Both gluten and casein are proteins, and a diet with these proteins may irritate and inflame a leaky gut syndrome.

At least you know that other parents are going through this too.  It does help I think to understand that leaky gut syndrome is an ongoing internal biological process.  It also helps to know that research does continue and many parent have seen great success with diet modifications.  For us, well, we keep doing cleanup 💩 on aisle 2 – not as much as when she was younger, but alaz everybody poops – right?

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