Leaky Gut and Behavioral Challenges
At the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Westchase, we believe that there is a strong connection between the stomach and brain. Because of this, conditions such as leaky gut syndrome can lead to negative behaviors - especially in children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Autism. Leaky gut, also called intestinal permeability, occurs when there are large cracks or holes in the gut lining. These holes and cracks allow partially digested food and toxins to irritate the underlying tissue. Specific foods, such as dairy and gluten, are particularly hard for children with ODD and Autism to digest, and the insufficient digestion of these foods produces brain activity similar to the ‘high’ caused by morphine. Effects of this ‘high’ can be seen through vacant stares, dilated pupils, limited interaction, inappropriate behaviors, and excessive cravings for foods containing gluten or dairy- such as chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, etc.
The Brain Balance Achievement Center of Westchase has developed a nutrition program that can help improve a child’s digestion, and in effect, can reduce the negative effects of leaky gut syndrome. Your child’s personalized plan through The Brain Balance Program is focused on helping your child overcome their social, behavioral, and/or academic challenges. Most of our plans include up to 3 weekly in-center visits as well as a nutrition plan to implement at home. This plan helps to support the in-center sessions by improving your child’s gut health.
Make A Change. Try Brain Balance!
Brain Balance Achievement Center of Westchase has a plan for children struggling with academics, social skills, and behavioral issues. If your child is experiencing signs of leaky gut syndrome, we can help to address this issue with our drug-free approach. Not only can our program help to improve your child’s gut health, but the Brain Balance program can also better brain health and behavior. Ready to get started? Call our center at (813) 475-6977 or fill out the form above to learn more about The Brain Balance Program.