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Episode 21: It’s Likely Your Child’s Behavioral Issues And Anxiety Are Gut Related

Anyone with children knows that it’s inevitable they’ll have a temper tantrum at some point in their lives, but what if their erratic behavior continues to escalate? From anxiety to mood swings and more serious conditions like autism, science is learning that a large percentage of childhood symptoms are tied to gut health. 


On today’s show, Andrea talks to Dr. Nicole Beurkens, an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of developmental and mental health issues in children using food, targeted nutrients, and healthy lifestyle strategies. 


A unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special education teacher, Dr.

Nicole Beurkens has over 20 years of experience supporting children, young adults,

and families to improve brain function naturally. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, masters degrees in Special Education and Nutrition and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist. 


She’s also the founder and director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and is a best-selling author, award-winning therapist, and published researcher.


Dr. Beurkens says that the majority of patients she sees are dealing with gut issues – even if they’re not exhibiting gut-related symptoms. She seamlessly breaks down how the gut and brain are intricately connected, whether a single time head trauma (such a concussion during a sporting event) can trigger gut problems and how parents can take control of their child’s gut health and create a happier, more harmonious family environment.


Check out Dr. Beurkens’ website and download her “5 Keys to Unlock Better Behavior, Naturally” here. To keep up-to-date with her research, follow her on social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



On this show, you’ll learn: 


  • How Dr. Beurkens got involved with gut health (1:47)
  • The connection between gut health and behavioral problems (6:05)
  • The gut brain axis and how they are intertwined (8:28)
  • The connection between mental or developmental health and gut issues (14:56)
  • A connection between a “one off” health event and gut issues (17:14)
  • How are these gut imbalances getting started? (18:23)
  • Antibiotics and microbiome balance in children (22:28)
  • If this is an issue – what can parents do? (27:03)
  • How to get your kids more involved (32:58)
  • How quickly children can bounce back (35:51)
  • The over-sterilization of society (38:00)


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