Like most parents of autistic children I read, a lot. I read other parents blogs, scientific studies, general books on autism, self help books, how to use the toilet books, special needs rights books, communication books. A lot of books.
There is one thing that I keep seeing – in forums, studies, blogs, even a TedTalk and that’s about how prolific the link between the gut and the brain is. I decided I would delve deeper after I watched the documentary The Truth about Sleep, in which there was a lot of talk about pre and pro biotics. If you don’t know probiotics are good bacteria that lives in our gut, prebiotics is a fibre that we can’t digest but allows our probiotics to flourish and fight the bad ones. If you do take time to read more on the subject you will see the gut/brain/autism study where the mice became more social, less anxious and displayed ‘less autistic behaviours’. There are parents actually doing fecal transplants to change gut microbes in, I shit you not, crapsules. I’ll leave that there, it makes me feel a bit sick.
In the documentary it talked about people who get less than 5 hours sleep per night, that’s me and has been for as long as I can remember and they’ve found not getting enough sleep can cause changes to our gut bacteria. We have trillions of micro organisms living inside our intestines that keep our bodies running along. When it’s thrown out of kilter there is mounting evidence that it links to IBS, allergies, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, brain function and neurodegenerative diseases. It will also make you crave sugar PMT style.
A recent study showed that getting less sleep changes the levels of specific strains of bacteria. The amount of certain types of bacteria decreased by almost 50 percent ― and that was after only two nights of not enough shut eye.
I’m no science teacher so I’ll try getting to the point.
My beady, black tired eyes lit up like fireworks when I read that pre and probiotics can be beneficial when targeting anxiety, depression and OCD. My threesome. So off to Holland and Barrett I went today like a medical encyclopaedia looking for a new chapter.
I am the guinea pig. I took my first capsule tonight and will monitor daily if it makes a difference. I will be honest you can be assured. Could this help sort out the restless, anxious, biscuit craving, foggy brained obsessive fatty that I’ve become?
Maybe not but let’s give it a shot if it helps with my anxiety, sleep, sugar cravings, stomach pains and allergies it may become a permanent fixture in this house. I’ll report back on this in a week 😀🤞🏼. I’m off to sleep.
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