The Critical Role of a Nutritionist in Helping Your Autistic Child

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Modern Nutritionist research is showing that Autism is intimately related to levels of essential vitamins and minerals in the body. Help from a nutritionist that specialises in autism diets and biomedical protocols can greatly improve your child’s health, learning and wellbeing. What is available on the Gold Coast QLD to help your child – have you considered seeking help from a nutritionist who also specialises in naturopathy, autism diets and biomedical treatment?

As a Nutritionist, I typically see children with autism suffering from deficiencies in – zinc, magnesium, calcium, manganese, molybdenum, B vitamins, especially B6, B9 and B12, Vitamins A, C and E as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids. This then leads to deficiencies of the enzyme glutathione, so critical for many functions in the body, including detoxification and protection from free radicals that can be generated by increased levels of toxins and heavy metals in the body.

Food sensitivities are a specific area of interest for a Nutritionist


They are different from food allergies in that they are not life threatening. Food sensitivities can contribute to symptoms like – hyperactivity, irritability, mood swings, poor focus and concentration, ‘brain fog,’ inappropriate laughing, stimming, red ears, red cheeks, anxiety, tics, nasal and sinus congestion, sneezing, asthma, eczema, headaches, migraines, tiredness and dark circles under the eyes. Food sensitivities are a major factor in picky eating and a good Nutritionist will be able to help.

There are many foods that can contribute to the symptoms, and the foods vary from child to child. An IgG food sensitivity test will identify the foods that your child reacts to and may be ordered by your nutritionist or specialist naturopath.

The major contributors to food sensitivity reactions are:

  • Artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives. Click Here for the official guide to food additives and labels published by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
    ”Choosing the Right Stuff – the official shoppers guide to food additives and labels, kilojoules and fat content”
  • Gluten, dairy, soy and corn
  • Nuts and eggs

Natural food chemicals:

  • Salicylates – these are in most fruits and vegetables as well as some nuts
  • Amines – these are in chocolate, cheese, bananas, citrus fruits and other foods
  • Naturally occurring glutamates – in tomatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce and other foods
  • Oxalates – present in many foods and may help children on the Autistic spectrum

A Nutritionist can find that many parents are unaware that food sensitivities are aggravating their child’s condition. Most children have multiple foods they react to, sometimes the reactions take 72 hours to surface and tolerance level various from child to child. The other complication is that the foods are eaten all the time so the behaviour and symptoms appear to be chronic and not related to the sensitivity. This is why for a nutritionist it is important to make all the recommended changes together, be strict and observe the results.

Your local  Nutritionist will recommend dietary changes as the foundation of treatment for most children on the autistic spectrum.


Optimising your child’s nutrition from a nutritionist specialising in Autism, will assist in restoring levels of essential vitamins and minerals, repairing the digestive system as well as reducing levels of viruses, bacteria and toxicity in the body.

Autism is a complex condition and a Naturopath or Nutritionist will look at your child as a whole person, not just someone with a “brain disorder”. Nutritionist know that Autism is intimately related to levels of essential vitamins and minerals, the digestion and absorption of these nutrients from food as well as levels of viruses, bacteria and toxicity in the body. These children have been called “Children with Starving Brains” by US MD Jaquelyn McCandless.

If you require any information regarding Julie Damant (Nutritionist), please do not hesitate to contact us.


About the Author:

Julie Damant is the leading Autism Naturopath in Australia, specialising in Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, PDD, learning difficulties, allergies and children’s health. Julie is a degree qualified Naturopath, has completed specialised training with the MINDD Foundation, Michael Sichel and numerous post graduate courses in Naturopathy. “I know improvement is possible, I have seen it, and will continue to see it as families make the changes that are required to help their child. Working together we can, and will make a difference. I look forward to meeting you.”
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