Food Sensitivities and Hyperactivity Disorders

September 27, 2016


I often treat patients for ADHD, Autism, Hyperactivity and focus issues. These dis-orders (the body is simply out of order) are all on a spectrum but most can be linked to gut health. In all alternative medical circles it is understood that "Happy gut = Happy mind". I have seen this connection time and time again in practice.


Unfortunately we live in a society where the gut flora and bacteria are easily depleted and compromised. The main culprit in our society is due to antibiotic (over) use but also from the additives in our food, the pollutants that we ingest and breathe in and also the types of food that we choose to to put in our bodies.


Here are some interesting facts from Genestra on the connection between gluten and dairy and hyperactivity disorders:


  • Up to 50% of Autistic and ADHD Sufferers co-present with Intestinal Symptoms.

  • Proven intestinal pathology alongside Autism and ADHD includes leaky gut, inflammation and overt colitis.

  • This gut pathology is related to sensitivity to certain foods especially gluten-containing grains and dairy products.

  • Intestinal symptoms and Autism/ADHD severity decrease when exclusion dairy and wheat diets are introduced.

  • This link is due to gluten and dairy proteins being broken down in the gut into peptides with opiate properties similar to endorphins and opiate drugs.

  • These dietary 'Exorphins' are absorbed from the gut and reach the brain where they cause symptoms associated with autism.

Removal of these foods is important but also healing the gut to help the system better digest and limit reactivity.


If you or someone you know is struggling with focus and attention or have been diagnosed on the hyperactivity spectrum, come in for an appointment. Let's heal your gut and re-FOCUS your whole body!

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