QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he (and she) is someone today.”
~ Stacia Tauscher, dancer and artist
Then again, you may not know about the studies that show hope for them.
No? Well then, let’s get started!
Lisa E. Goehler, a lecturer in nursing at the University of Virginia, says there’s a link between gut health and brain health. “The function of the gut is to absorb necessary nutrients, but also to regulate behavior and mood,” she says. “When this is messed up, we have a variety of issues related to nutrition and brain function.”
Goehler also says that “nerves that connect the gut and brain drive brain circuits involved in learning and memory, as well as the control of emotions.”
“If our gut is not healthy, we are not healthy.”
If you have brushed up on Probiotics 101, you know about the gut and brain connection. Your gut is considered your “second brain.”
Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). It has have over 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from your esophagus to your rectum. And it actually communicates with your brain!
Dr. Jay Pasricha, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, says, “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”
That’s good news for your kids (grandkids)!
No, probiotics can’t help them with their homework (You wish!), but there’s a strong possibility that a good balance of healthy gut bacteria (probiotics) could help them feel like a Super Kid, ready to take on the day at school!
Research has shown that many (not all) children who have an unhealthy balance of gut bacteria are prone to unexplained fits of rage, hyperactivity, lack of attention, stress, and even bouts of depression.
*We do not know of any connection between probiotics and depression due to being bullied at school, but one wonders if probiotics could play a role in some way.
Mind altering psycho what???
Psychobiotics is a term for probiotics that has a lowering effect for sadness, hopelessness, anxiety and stress. It’s also been linked to ADHD in children…
…and even ADD in adults.
Scientists have found that probiotics not only keep a healthy balance of gut bacteria to help cut down on health problems, but they also produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA, all of which play a key role in mood.
In addition, these healthy gut bacteria are intertwined with the immune system. Did you know that the immune system also influences mood?
Probiotics also help the body absorb more mg of nutrients that affect mood and thinking, along with stress: B complex, zinc, magnesium, and…
…especially omega-3 fatty acids.
See if our probiotics are right for your kids (grandkids). We recommend that you try it for at least 45 days. Then watch their behavior throughout that time. Take notes to record any changes you may see.
Keep in mind that results can vary, but we think our kids are worth the time to investigate more into their gut bacteria, and in their diet in general.
Let us know your results. We would love to hear from you.
You should also discuss this with your family doctor. Maybe a gastrologist who knows how to think outside the box, who doesn’t prescribe drugs so quickly.
A doctor with a good open mind on alternative health can help guide you further into the possible connection between your kids’ behavior and the healthy balance of their gut bacteria.
The Elimination Diet, Plus Probiotics
Could Be a One-Two Knockout Punch
The late Dr. Ann Wigmore was quoted as saying, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
How true! And it should make all of us think. Especially about our kids. In addition to introducing our probiotics to their diet, also experiment with an elimination diet.
Gluten, dairy, and other potential food sensitivities can throw their little immune system out of whack, increase inflammation, and also create problems like intestinal permeability (or leaky gut).
Studies have shown that an elimination diet can benefit not only ADHD but stress too.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Sincerely, with all our hopes for you, from the health team at Earth’s Pearl.
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- The effects of a restricted elimination diet in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)62227-1/abstract