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Can I Reduce My Child’s Symptoms With Diet Changes?

Families with children with ADHD and Autism are constantly searching for ways to help reduce their children’s symptoms. Many families have seen incredible results from trying Elimination Diets such as Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Artificial Dye-Free diets. 

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the protein found in the grains of wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten helps foods to maintain their shape and it is commonly found in foods such as breads, pastas, cereals, and sauces. Most grocery stores offer gluten-free sections with alternative groceries. 

Research published in BMJ Journals shows that there is a link between Gluten Free diets and reduced hyperactivity. Research also shows that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have an abnormal immune response to the protein in Gluten.

What is Casein?

Casein is a protein found in mammal’s milk. Casein can be found in products such as milk, yogurt, ice cream, and sour cream. It’s important to read labels carefully, because Casein can be found in many soy products as well. Similarly to Gluten, research has shown that people with ASD have an abnormal immune response to Casein.

What is Artificial Color?

Artificial Food Dyes are petroleum-derived substances. These food dyes are approved by the FDA. However, many companies are beginning to eliminate these food dyes from their products. A lot of research has been done showing links to artificial coloring and hyperactivity and behavioral changes. 

Before beginning any elimination diet, it is important to consult with a medical team to discuss supplementing important nutrients. 

The Children’s Wellness and Developmental Center uses an Integrative approach to wellness by utilizing Traditional and Biomedical Treatments, Complementary and Alternative treatments, Dietary interventions, and Nutritional supplements. 

You can find out more at or by calling us at 732-919-1335. 

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