Getting to Calm
Many children with autism tend to have mood issues, including anxiety, anger, irritability, hyperactivity – the inability of a child to be calm in his own body.
I see this as a sign that there is discomfort inside the body, whether it be gut pain, body pain, an uncomfortable sensation, a headache, and the inability to express it. It's a little bit like having a cold or flu where the body is busy fighting an infection and we are a more short-tempered than usual.
Ultimately, we want to get to the root cause of the issue. Why is my child irritable, hyperactive, anxious, angry? Getting at what's underneath the behavior helps it go away permanently and shifts to a happier child.
If you want more of an instant relief using specific supplements…
I have some recommendations for you. Keep in mind these are really for the short term as you're working on getting to the root of the issue!
Underlying factors may include
- certain toxins (or a huge toxic load)
- genetics (having a harder time detoxifying or making certain neurotransmitters)
- gut microbiome issues (microbes help make most of our neurotransmitters!)
- food choices that excite the brain negatively
- combinations of all of the above
Until the underlying issues are addressed, using calming supplements may create some easier days for you and your entire family!
My top recommendations:
This formula contains mushrooms and herbs that help remove toxins, support the liver and adrenals, helping with sleep, calm, stress and emotional balance.
This formula contains herbs known to bring calm to the brain and modulate the stress response systems.
GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), a calming amino acid, can help balance neurotransmitters in the short term and help with anxiety, aggression, and anti-social behaviors.
Please note that one formula may work well for one person and another formula work for another person. If you're working with a practitioner who can muscle or energy test supplements, have them test if one of these formulas will work for your child.
If you need help with energy testing supplements or want some guidance on supplements, diet and nutrition, please reach out to schedule a Nutrition Consult with us. We're always happy to help!