Repair With “Real” Foods & Powerful Supplements (2R Protocol: Part 2)
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Article At a Glance:
- The 2R Protocol Refers to 1) Removal (of certain foods and toxins) and 2) Repair (using supplements and foods to heal the gut).
- Supplements can be used to reduce inflammation, increase brain function, help the body detox, and improve overall health.
We’ve talked a lot about this lifestyle change of healthy living that can help our children’s bodies improve naturally and greatly reduce the symptoms of autism. It all centers around the microbiome, which is sort of the “engine” in the gut that drives the body and brain either to dysfunction or to healing.
There’s a lot to know and learn, and it can be a little overwhelming to take it all in. I understand that completely: it’s a change that doesn’t happen overnight. To make things a little less intimidating, it can be helpful to think of things in what I call the 2R Protocol System. To put it simply, this means that our two part system of healthy eating and living means to 1) remove, and 2) repair. For this article, we’ll continue on what we learned previously (about reducing or eliminating certain toxins from our children’s nutrition) and focus on what we can add to strengthen their immunity and help them to heal.
When it comes to food, organic, “real” food should be the goal. Similar to the paleo diet, we should be opting for foods free from pesticides and toxins, not the processed and packaged junk. The best choices are found on the outside aisles of the grocery stores (fresh produce, lean meats, etc). Also, we can’t be afraid of consuming healthy fats (like grassfed butter and coconut oil). In the 1980s, there was a low-fat health craze that unfortunately has in many ways persisted into our modern culture, but the truth is that our bodies need fat as fuel, and our children in particular need it for brain development.
Supplements (For A Healthy Gut)
In addition to food, the “repair” part of the 2R protocol has to do with what supplements we use. For children with compromised immunity, the priority is to heal the gut and reduce inflammation, and using a probiotic is a great way to accomplish that. A probiotic supplement adds in the beneficial bacteria strains, which helps to restore gut balance (I recommend “Garden of Life-Dr. Formulated Probiotic, Organic Kids” which you can find here).
The next step is to add in digestive enzymes to help break down the food so our children’s bodies can fully utilize all the nutrients and get what they need. All-Star Nutrition carries the supplement “TriEnza,” which helps with this tremendously.
After aiding in digestion, I suggest using the supplement “Restore” to heal the tight junctions in the gut and protect against harmful pesticides (such as glyphosate) and further assist in creating a healthy balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria.
The last supplement I suggest specifically for healing the gut and reducing inflammation is Entersolgel, which binds the toxins and the pathogens (such as the “die-off“) in the gut and allows them to be safely eliminated.
Supplements (For Overall Health)
There are also supplements that can be effective for your overall optimum health. To begin, I love the multi-vitamin “Potential,” as it's the first of its kind to ever receive a patent to improve learning, academic performance, and behavioral functioning. Studies show that children who use it show vast improvement in school performance; it's powerful stuff!
As mentioned when we talked up foods, kids need healthy fats to help reduce inflammation and assist in brain development. We carry a product called SFH Super Omega 3 Fish Oil that supports stronger immunity, heart health, and even improved mental health.
We've written before about the amazing health benefits associated with broccoli (which contains the enyzme sulforophane) that are particularly relevant for children with autism. Increased levels of sulfophorane has been shown to lead to improved social behavior and better verbal communication. Enduracell BioActive capsules are a way for your child to reap these benefits without you having to bribe them to eat a lot of broccoli.
And finally, Organifi Green Juice has 12 super food ingredients and is a great way to get healthy greens into our children's diets.
*This website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by a healthcare professional.