We live in a toxic world and it doesn’t get any better. It is even harder on children with autism. Generally, this burden can improve through a healthy and clean environment and it begins at home. The aim is to reduce the load of toxicity and to remove the toxins. Kids on the spectrum have a low ability in detoxing and therefore using a clean environment will help to improve the detox pathways.

 

Living area

Cleaning our home daily might not be enough. Carpets and rugs are lovely but unfortunately they are also harbors of dust. We switched our floor to laminated wood and we are always on the look out for any leaks (generally in the kitchen and bathroom; dripping water creates mold in your home which is very harmful)!

 

Kitchen utensils

Pots and pans are a large part of healthy eating habits. We ingest what we prepare food with. Our kitchen items are carefully selected to help minimize toxicity: stainless, ceramic or clay pots, iron pans, wooden or bamboo spoon for cooking, glass oven dish and dinner plates. We totally avoid using aluminum utensils or foil. For my oven and/or steamed made bread and pancakes, I use banana leaves (koba). We even use them to wrap our sandwiches for a short get away as it keeps the sandwich fresh. If it is not accessible we use parchment. In the fridge, it is healthier to keep leftovers in a glass container with a lid or wrapped with koba. We totally avoid using plastic containers as well as aluminum foil! I personally do not keep cooked leftovers, especially meat in the fridge, taking into consideration that it will contain unhealthy bacteria. Prepared meat should be served and eaten instantly.

 

Nothing beats natural product

Chemically altered cleaning supplies are switched to natural cleaning supplies. Home should smell healthy not of any fragrance. White vinegar and lemons or limes are my favorite ingredients to create cleaning products. Lemon chases away bugs, vinegar helps with any potential mold. Essentials oils are certainly expensive but they are most helpful in maintaining an healthy environment. Burning frankincense and myrrh resin also chase away mold. We banned bleach as mold thrives within.

 

Remove gluten, casein and soy

Casein is a protein found in dairy products. Gluten is a protein found in most grains such as wheat, semolina, spelt. Removing these proteins from my son’s diet has made a difference in his sleep pattern and improved his overall biomedical disorder. Those proteins are harmful to my son’s digestion and detox pathways. Gluten, casein and soy trigger inflammation in the brain, which causes extreme behavior. Find alternative foods that are free of these proteins. Smart supplements that lack minerals and add by putting a list of food sources e.g. calcium that are dairy free.

 

Eat whole food

We favor produce bought from the farmers’ market; purchase locally and seasonally grown fresh fruits and vegetables is much healthier. Cook from scratch, peel, chop, steam, bake…press or blend your fruits. It’s really worth the effort. Avoid in any way packaged and junk foods. What you eat has the potential to either harm or restore your child’s health and keep your kid healthy, happy and with manageable behavior.

 

Eat clean

Eating organically grown vegetables and fruits will avoid toxin intake. Pesticides are harmful as kids on the spectrum face challenges to detoxify; they will benefit a great deal from a clean diet. Organic foods might be expensive or not accessible so we choose to grow a few vegetables and fruits with skins able to receive direct exposure to sun; carrots, tomatos, spinach, herbs and root condiments such as ginger, turmeric, garlic that we use as anti-inflammatory aids. We make sure to use only natural herbicides when needed.

 

Eat raw, soak, sprout, sun dried

Include raw food in your menu, crudités and foliage to get a pack of minerals in your diet; foliate and powerful anti-oxidants such as glutathione to optimize detoxification, which is very important for kids on the spectrum. Work with experienced nutritionists to maximize knowledge on how to wisely use all nutrients in your child’s diet. Soaking beans and grains stimulates the enzymatic environment. You can either cook the grains or eat them raw. We are big fans of raw sprouted foods and we observed changes in our daily mood patterns and waste extraction. Sun dried condiments are really the best alternative, whether you’re in a small apartment or in a house, it’s possible. Sun exposed foods give you an advantageous amount of vitamin D if not the most beneficial. E.g. the beneficial part of carrots is the leaf as it’s exposed to the sun-rays.

 

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