Nutrition is often overlooked in neurodiversity.

It fuels the brain to support neurotransmitter production, regulates mood and behaviour, and provides stable energy for improved concentration.

However, nutritional deficiencies can be common due to limited food choices, heightened sensitivity, and digestive issues.

Nutrition deficiencies

Possible nutrient deficiencies include:

  • Vitamin D (less time outside)
  • Omega-3
  • Zinc (lower in some studies on autism)
  • B6 & magnesium (possible genetic mutation)
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C

Perhaps ask your Doctor to run some tests and consider taking a multivitamin & mineral supplement

Nutritional challenges

There might be some challenges which can get in the way of good nutrition:

  • Requirement for routine – brand of food, eating time, serving plates, cut or presented in certain ways
  • Sensitivities – temperature, texture, light, sound
  • Portion control – overeating or reduced physical activity
  • Limited diet – fixed food aversions, preference for energy-dense food

How to increase the range of foods

  • Awareness of sensory activities
  • Offer a variety of food textures/colours
  • Give serving control
  • Share easy-to-follow cooking videos
  • Create a positive mealtime environment with minimal noise/bright lights

Which foods may hinder the brain?

Food intolerances are common, particularly:

  • gluten & casein
  • food additives (E110, E104, E122, E102)
  • flavours (MSG)
  • preservatives (sodium benzoate)
  • sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose)
  • caffeine (stimulant)

Check with your Doctor for possible intolerances and appropriate tests.

The content in this blog is taken from our Nourishing Neurodiversity webinar/seminar. Contact us to find out more.

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