Do you know there are millions of tiny creatures living inside your body right now? It might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but it’s true.
These little creatures, which include bacteria, viruses, and fungi, are known as microorganisms.
They mostly live in our gut, which is the part of the body that digests food. This world of tiny creatures inside our gut is called the gut microbiome.
ADHD and the Gut
Some recent research suggests there might be a connection between our gut microbiome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a condition that makes it hard for people, especially kids, to concentrate, sit still, and control their behavior.
The researchers looked at samples from the gut of kids with ADHD and kids without it. They found differences in the types of tiny creatures that lived in their gut.
What the Research Found
The researchers looked at poop samples from 35 children with ADHD and 35 children without it. Poop samples are a good way to see what’s living in the gut.
They found that the children with ADHD had more of certain types of fungi and less of others.
One type of fungus, called Candida albicans, was found a lot in the children with ADHD.
This fungus was interesting because it did something unusual when they tested it on cells in the lab. It made the cells that line the gut become leaky.
What Does a Leaky Gut Mean?
A leaky gut is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a condition where the wall of the gut doesn’t work as it should. Instead of keeping bacteria and other things inside the gut, it lets them leak into the bloodstream.
This could cause problems throughout the body, including the brain, by causing inflammation. Inflammation is when a part of your body becomes red, swollen, and often painful.
The researchers think that the changes they found in the gut microbiome of children with ADHD might have something to do with the disorder.
But more research is needed to understand this connection better. In the meantime, this study helps us understand that our gut health might have a bigger role in our overall health than we thought.
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The study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
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