We have had a long journey with my two kids in the last eight months. If you haven’t been following this journey I will give you the cliff note version of it, and spare you the long post! We had one child who was recently diagnosed with ADHD and another child who had been on over eleven different medicines for ADHD in the last three years and was slowly slipping away. My son was only five years old and had tried only two medicines and had severe reactions ( 12 weeks in a psych ward kind of reactions), we later found out he had PANDAS/PANS and it was a slow process to even get that diagnosis. We are still trying to find a doctor to treat and find the source of infection on top of it. While doing all of this we decided to take my daughter off of her ADHD medicine and get to the root cause of her ADHD symptoms.
The first book I had purchased at the time was by Kenneth Bock and I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to figure out how to naturally help their child suffering from ADHD, Autism, Asthma and Allergies, because YES they are all connected. That connection is the GUT or the STOMACH whatever you want to call it, it is the root of all evil for some people and really affects the brain!
How to start?
My first piece of advice if I could go back in time would be to listen to the mother’s that have gone through this and don’t make this harder on yourself…Just listen to them! They are trying to save you from the journey they went through! So with that was GutPro Powder Probiotics, I had about a million moms on my Recovering Kids Group on Facebook that constantly told me, DONT CHEAP OUT, get the good stuff, get the one that is formulated especially for kids with ADHD, Autism, and PANDAS/PANS along with many other mental illnesses that are affected by Leaky Gut. I didn’t listen, though, I saw the price and I ran, I ran to ELEVEN other probiotics before I finally was at the end of my rope and paid the money for the good one!
Why is GutPro Different?
Let’s start with what it doesn’t have in it:
- No allergens (e.g. dairy, corn, soy, gluten. GutPro probiotic™ is produced on a non-dairy, non-soy vegetarian culture)
- No fillers or excipients (e.g. inulin, cellulose, maltodextrin, FOS)
- No strains that are reported to cause reactions (e.g. streptococcus thermophilus, etc)
- No strains that contribute to d-lactic acidosis (e.g. l-acidophilus, etc)
- No unnecessary ingredients (e.g. magnesium stearate, silica, titanium dioxide)
The two things that sold me right away was it had NO FILLERS and NO ALLERGENS. The other big key for my two children was the fact that it had D-Lactate forming strains like many other great probiotics, but for some kids or adults that have leaky gut, L-Acidophilus strains are just not good and can cause Neurotoxicity issues. Which is another blog post for another day, but what does D-Lactate do you may be asking?
L. acidophilus mainly produces D-lactic acid, and for those who cannot easily break this could create unintended consequences.
D-lactic acidosis occurs when the body is unable to rid itself of D-lactic acid. Diet – especially a diet rich in carbs if an individual cannot digest them well – is considered by some to be the main factor behind acidosis. D-lactate buildup causes cellular metabolism of glucose to switch from anaerobic (oxygen-rich) process to an anaerobic (oxygen-deprived) process. In this oxygen-starved environment, cells are unable to produce adequate amounts of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is needed for the “synthesis, degradation and ‘firing’ of neurotransmitter molecules.” (source)
Low ATP can affect cognitive function, create feelings of fatigue and impair coordination among other things. More generally, symptoms of D-Lactic acidosis include fatigue, confusion, impaired central nervous system function, impaired coordination, depression, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, anemia, headaches and in extreme cases encephalopathy.
How did my kids Improve?
My daughter was night and day…. She was focused, not fighting me on every little thing, and not needing half as much Benadryl as she also has a Histamine issue! I truly think the other probiotics were making her histamine bucket overflow on a daily basis with every bit of food she put in her mouth. She also was not craving sugar and carbs, and would eat just one helping of her meal and not beg me for more…she was starting to act like I was starving her to death! Her bloating went away almost within one day of her binge on it…and she also was able to get rid of her constant need for Activated Charcoal!
My son, he was a mess before starting GutPro…We had started antibiotic to see if it made his PANDAS symptoms worse, and I cause major overgrowth to come back and also had been giving him a probiotic with a Strep Strain not knowing….Clearly I thought the $20.00 CVS Brand was better then the probiotic that the PANDAS Network actually promoted! Yet within a day of starting him, he was very calm, and actually wanted to eat something other then CARBS, he wanted eggs…I was in a state of shock! He as well each day has been improving and was even able to get off of his constant need for Motrin that was just adding to his issues with his stomach. He also had been non-stopping complaining about his reflux again, while this has not gone away completely he is complaining about it less and less on a daily basis. The biggest thing was he actually started to go to the bathroom and wasn’t constipated! He actually had to be cut back a little this week and dropped back down to 12 billion CFU’s as I rushed the process a little to quick.
Which is another thing about the powder form that I love, you can gradually go up in dosing and not have to worry about breaking open a pill and not knowing how much you are really giving them. I would highly recommend the GutPro Powder as you receive the equivalent of 10 BOTTLES for the price, and it will last you for months! For children under three years old make sure to check out GutPro Infant Powder
If you have any questions about GutPro feel free to email me anytime, or comment below, if I cannot help you I will forward you over to a rep with Corganics!
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