Your gut influences the majority of your health including your immune system, metabolism and heart functioning.
We also know that it plays a huge role in mental health. When you’re under stress, the bacteria in the gut changes and you feel sick to your stomach.
There are two periods, before birth and during the teen years, when the bacteria in your gut basically sets the switch for stress.
We’ve wondered why many psychiatric disorders first appear in adolescence and the gut may be the answer. In the teen years, the brain changes the way that parts connect to each other. During this period, the brain is vulnerable to the effects of antibiotics because it disturbs the bacteria balance in the gut.
If your teen’s emotional health deteriorates after an infection, talk with your doctor about using probiotic treatments to regain gut health.
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