Mood and ASD: Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety and Depression

The effects of autism can be influenced by dietary changes. By including the proper vitamins, fats, and other nutrients, autistic people can benefit from large improvements in both physical and mental health.

Learn from registered dietician and nutritionist Vicki Kobliner as she hosts a webinar about maintaining a healthy diet. She details the benefits to both gastrointestinal and neurological conditions by eating well.

Mood and ASD: Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety and Depression
By: Autism Research Institute
Initial Air Date: Feb 13, 2019
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • Protein is critical for the creation of amino acids.
  • Genes can be modified by the foods we eat.
  • Sugar is an inflammatory ingredient that has seen a major increase in the role it plays in the Standard American Diet (SAD).
  • Fish is a good source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acid.
  • FIber is good for gut health, but it has seen a decrease in the SAD.
  • Stress reduces the effectiveness of a healthy diet.
  • Because of the high degree of communication between the brain and the gut, there are often many ties between psychiatric and gastrointestinal illnesses.
  • Many studies connect gluten to neurological disorders.
  • An ideal diet contains green vegetables, anti-oxidants such as berries and brightly colored vegetables, healthy fats such as nuts and avocado and lean fish.

Maintaining a healthy diet can not only reduce the effects of autism, but is also just a generally good lifestyle practice. To learn more about autism and nutrition, read our blog post about eating for better health.

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