Autism is a developmental disorder that typically begins before the age of 3 years old. Characteristics include abnormalities of communication and social interaction, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and limited interests and activities. The cause of autism is not clearly understood, but it is accepted that there are abnormalities in the architecture of the cells in the brain. There are links between autism and certain nutritional deficiencies as well as food sensitivities. Optimizing nutrient status, adopting a diet free from individualized food sensitivities, and balancing gastrointestinal bacteria play an important role in behavioral management. Nicole’s Holistic Nutrition Approaches Include: Education on what is going on in your body and why you or your loved one may have developed autism Foods to avoid to best manage your condition Therapeutic foods to boost your natural metabolic patterns Targeted and individualized supplementation protocols How certain foods can affect our mood Natural approaches to boost cognitive function The role of the gastrointestinal tract on mood and brain health Recommended Laboratory Tests: SpectraCell Micronutrient Panel SpectraCell CardioMetabolic Panel Oxford Biomedical LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Panel Diagnostic Solutions GI-MAP Nicole is happy to review labs drawn by your physician (including hormonal panels, comprehensive metabolic panels, complete blood counts, thyroid panels, urinalysis, and others as warranted). Call us at 281-741-9447 or contact us online to schedule your private consultation today.