Nourished Blessings

Reducing Excess Glutamate Works Wonders


I am so excited to welcome Andi Stowe onto the podcast. Our journeys parallel in so many ways, and I’m excited to share her story of faith, hope, and healing. Today, we’re discussing how reducing excess Glutamate in a child’s diet with Autism can help reduce symptoms, behaviours and restore balance.  

Glutamate is an amino acid found in food and the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body. You might be more familiar with it than you think, as it is a food additive used to enhance flavor, commonly known as MSG. However, due to food processing and deceptive labeling, you may be consuming far more than you realize. When in excess, glutamate can have harmful effects on the body, especially in children with neurological sensitivities.  

Andi shares her story about how overhauling her son’s diet dramatically changed his health for the better. It goes back to parents being the detectives for their children and working hard to be the best advocates they can.

We discuss the importance of reading ingredient labels (and how to do it) and ultimately having the faith that the behaviors our children are exhibiting are actually a blessing to help guide us in the best ways to heal them.

Tune in to our enlightening conversation and consider- could excess glutamate be contributing to your child’s (or even your) health issue?

 Key Takeaways


  • Andi’s experience reducing glutamate in her child’s diet (03:20)
  • Figuring out the next steps after changes in diet (10:10)
  • Andi’s blog to document her experience (15:40)
  • Finding the balance with our children (22:00)
  • Noticing the dramatic impact diet has on behavior and health (29:09)
  • Read the ingredient lists (33:00)
  • Recognizing and having the faith that an Autism diagnosis can be a blessing (41:30)


Additional Resources


To learn more about Andi and her story and the amazing resources she shares check out her website Nourished Blessings


To watch the Dr. Katherine Reid TED Talk on Glutamates, click here


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