Gut - can it cause ADHD?

Gut - can it cause ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder, is a neurological condition. Many children suffer from it. It goes undiagnozed in many cases, well into adulthood. We dismiss it as growing pangs. 

But is ADHD connected to a weak or poor gut? 

Let's start at the beginning. Many people undergo a cesarian operation during childbirth. A natural delivery allows the child emerging from the womb to assimilate bacteria from the mother.

These bacteria go on to become part of their natural defence. 

For reasons of childbirth or otherwise, if a child is born with a weak gut, it will lead to a host of issues. A weak gut means poor absorption and digestion.

So, even if you are feeding your child everything she needs, she is still deficient. 

But we are looking for a connection with ADHD. 

A research study was done in Israel. They were looking for a connection between the gut and the brain.

The study found that those who had ADHD were more likely to have gastrointestinal-related problems. Dyspepsia, constipation, and an irritable bowel. 

The study also found that they were more likely to visit their doctor. Methylphenidate, sold as Ritalin or Concerta, a medication given to those who have ADHD, has also been linked to gut disorders. 

So if you are concerned, what should you do? 

Look for symptoms in your child. Forgetfulness, procrastination, trouble listening, and difficulty staying focused on one task are some examples of symptoms.

Remember, as a parent, it is easy to see things in your child that do not exist. Both virtues and faults. 

So don't self-diagnose. If you feel your child really has symptoms, have a good doctor evaluate them. 

As regards the gut, make sure that the child plays in grass and mud in the garden. Exposure to bacteria from natural soil is excellent for children.

Add probiotics to their food on a regular basis. 

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