15 October, 2021
Sugar Cravings and Autism
Sugar addiction in children is a concern, however, there is a reason for cravings. Knowing the reason helps manage cravings.
Microbes outnumber human cells by a factor of 10, so microbes message to the brain for food can outweigh human cells.
Reducing microbes that thrive on sugar reduces the signal to eat sugar.
Contrary to popular belief, overweight people often have the biggest will-power and mental strength, because many times a day they have to overcome a significant signal from microbes to eat sugar.
Improving gut health not only can stop sugar cravings but improve overall health.
Common sugar replacements can make matters worse, but xylitol may help.
Sugar cravings and Autism Spectrum Disorder often go together.
Altering Gut microbes can stop sugar cravings.
The good news is that one of the main reasons that people with Autism (or anyone) crave sugar, is that there is a significant signal coming from the gut microbes telling them to eat it. This means that improving the balance in the gut makes it easier to resist sugar. One of the key things that people overlook is the drive to eat certain foods often comes from microbes in our gut.
- Cravings from human cells.
- Craving from microbial cells.
What foods should I focus on to help my child with Autism?
Foods are important for improving health. Every person is different and requires a diet that works well for them. There's no one diet for everyone. The information below is not a comprehensive writing on the subject of diet to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It's a summary of things the consider to specifically help your child's obsession with sugar. Remember to keep in mind that some children will be sensitive to some of these food and in that case they should be avoided.
- Quality fats.
Quality fats can reduce sugar cravings and supply the body with sufficient energy. Quality fats are stable fats, which tend to be saturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats. These include fats from grass fed animals, including butter. Some vegetable fats are stable, such as olive oil and coconut oils including MCT oils (MCT oils derived from coconut oil). MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oils can be a great source of energy as they can convert to usable energy for the body very easily.
- Quality protein.
The best protein sources are from grass fed sustainly raised animals. Not much is needed (most people probably eat too much meat) particularly when the meat have a higher concentration of nutrients and lower amounts of toxins.
- Fibres and probiotics.
Food that support the microbes that improve our health are important to eat. Make sure your family eat a high fibre diet rich in vegetables. Vegetables should be the focus of a healthy diet. Some fruits can be enjoyed in moderation, particularly focussing on berries.
Are there Supplements to help reduce sugar spikes and cravings?
The number one strategy to improve sugar response and reduce cravings has to be improving diet. We do, however, live in the real world. In the real world, it's not so simple to move to a great diet right away.
The best supplement for reducing blood sugar spikes on the market is Blood Sugar Breakthrough.
The reason I like it is that it has the best combination of the most effective blood sugar reduction nutrients in a supplement. It has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels after eating. Reducing blood sugar levels may improve health and some people have reported reduction in their sugar cravings.
The takeaway from this post is that to improve gut health in most people, we should remove sugars such as sucrose, glucose and fructose. A healthy and diverse community of microbes will be much easier to achieve if these sugars are reduced.