Leaky Gut and Behavioral Challenges
At the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Henderson, 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 Henderson 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.
Begin Your Brain Balance Journey
Is your child struggling academically, behaviorally, or socially? If you feel as though your child’s behavioral challenges are a result of a leaky gut, Brain Balance Achievement Center of Henderson is here to help. Our dedicated team members truly care about helping children reach their goals and will work with your family throughout every step of our program. Call our center at (702) 778-9500 or fill out our form to schedule your child’s personalized assessment.