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And if the origin of the delay in the child's language is in the intestine


The process of language and communication is more complex than many imagine, since it is even considered a higher mental function. Initially it was believed that there were only some areas of the brain that were responsible for receiving, decoding and emitting information, but today we know that practically the entire brain is used to communicate effectively, because we use from the most primitive structure to the most specialized neuron that characterizes the human race. The point is that not everything depends solely on the brain. What if I told you that some of the origins of language problems in children are the intestine?

When we have problems to express ourselves and communicate in an optimal way, it can be conditioned to an inadequate connection of the neural networks; This can happen without having suffered any apparent brain injury and this is what we commonly see in our child population.

To clarify the term neural networks, we must refer to the connection between brain cells that are known as neurons, where they are linked as 'networks' to determine functions. If neural networks are 'misconnected', imbalances in normal brain functions can result and this means that it is not executed, partially or in excess.

To better understand this point, let us cite some examples that can be given and that it is common to see in consultation: absence or scarce oral expressive language, alteration in the formation of sentences, attention deficit, little congruent stories, articulation or vocalization failures, poor understanding of jokes, sarcasm, talking a lot, not taking turns in conversation ...

Although our brain has a super important role to carry out these actions, it is connected to other body systems (macro and microscopic) for its proper functioning; This is where the gastrointestinal system begins to play a leading role in the process.

For all systems to function properly, we must give each of its components the nutrients it needs and eliminate the toxins that harm them to achieve a balance, since everything we eat has its good part and its bad part.

The main system responsible for this task to be carried out successfully is the gastrointestinalTherefore, if it is not regulated and balanced, it is difficult for us to enter nutrients into our brain, altering its functions. If we add to this that there is no adequate elimination of toxins, chaos increases, causing imbalances in the processes of the nervous system such as those described above.

Depending on the susceptibility of the person, there are foods that can trigger intestinal inflammation, either because it is intolerant, sensitive or allergic. This inflammation (to a greater or lesser extent) is what begins to impair enzymatic processes (responsible for digesting, say, chopping what we eat into small pieces).

If food is not disintegrated properly, nutrients and toxins remain together, leading to a process of malabsorption. In addition to this, when the intestine becomes inflamed, the cells that make it up begin to break down, creating a separation and causing it to become permeable and is what is then known as leaky intestine.

The disadvantage of this permeabilization is that these toxins (alone or accompanied by nutrients) are filtered into the blood component, being then capable of traveling throughout our body and damaging many things, including neural networks.

This, as it generally occurs at the microscopic level in the brain, there is no specific study to measure it so far, we only observe these damages in language-communication, attention deficit, behaviors, social interaction and / or sensory alterations, among others.

In addition to the risk of toxins leaking into the brain and not being effectively eliminated, there is the possibility that this inflammatory process leads to a change in the normal intestinal flora. Look, we all have an intestinal flora made up of bacteria, parasites and fungi that, believe it or not, benefit us as long as they stay within their respective limits.

When the intestine becomes inflamed, this normal intestinal flora, also known as the microbiota, tends to become unbalanced, causing the overgrowth of all or some of its components.. As explained in the report 'Importance of the gastrointestinal microbiota in pediatrics', carried out by the National Institute of Pediatrics of Mexico,' it has been related to the intestinal microbiota with beneficial effects on the host, such as the promotion of maturation and the integrity of the intestinal epithelium, protection against pathogens and immune modulation. Furthermore, it appears to play an important role in maintaining intestinal immune balance and preventing inflammation. '

Generally when parasites and bacteria grow, we see manifestations such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, etc., but when the fungus grows, this may or may not give clinical symptoms, sometimes it only produces constipation.

The best known fungus is candida, which is also present in other parts of our body. The problem with intestinal candidiasis is that in addition to being mostly "silent", it is capable of generating its own food to reproduce and this "food" is highly toxic to us. Not 'happy' with it, candida promotes inflammation and permeabilization of the intestine, triggering what has already been described above.

This proves the importance of studying the intestine within the protocol in all people with language and communication problemsregardless of whether the signs are subtle or complex. A correct and complete approach can be the difference between lessened or even disappear if we correct the damage.

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