Many autistic children struggle with chronic illness from a young age.

It may start as early as in utero and is often diagnosed within the first year and a half of life. These children often live with extreme inflammation in their bodies.

Generally speaking, kids with autism have a discrete immune dysfunction that can be associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and inefficiencies in methylation leading to a pro-inflammatory character.

People in a chronic inflammatory state may also chronic gut issues. Whether the problems start in the gut or gut problems are the result of the inflammation usually isn’t known without advanced testing. No matter which came first, the result of gut problems is reduced nutrient absorption and decreased utilization of nutrients.

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