Ready for a mind-blowing statistic? One of every 110 children born are affected by autism. The developmental disorder affects boys at an even higher rate: One out of every 70 boys will struggle with it. In fact, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
To help generate funds to research and treat this debilitating disease, Lifeway Foods is proud to sponsor the Up Foundation second annual 2011 Driving For Dreams golf outing benefiting Autism Speaks on June 20th in Glenview, IL. Last year, we helped the organization raise more than $83,000 during their inaugural event; this year, the Up Foundation us striving to reach the $100,000 mark.
We know that probiotics – aka healthy or “good” bacteria – excel when it comes to strengthening the immune system, easing diarrhea, fighting lactose intolerance and even preventing bad breath. But some research indicates the beneficial bugs may actually improve symptoms of autism.
One study, conducted by Professor Glenn Gibson at the United Kingdom’s Reading University, explored the effects of probiotics on autistic children ages four to eight years. Gibson observed that those children who ingested a probiotic strain known as lactobacillus plantarum displayed vastly improved behavior and concentration than those children who did not receive a probiotic.
More research needs to be conducted, but it your child is autistic, it may be worth asking your child’s physician is he or she thinks adding kefir or a probiotic supplement to your little one’s diet could be beneficial.