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Barberton
I searched back through the forum to read previous threads on this subject and picked up some helpful information. It seems like most people here believe there is a link between the gut microbiome and EDs.

I am curious if there is new research developments or if anyone can tell me what they have specifically done to improve gut health for the person they care for and if it has made a difference?




D fell down the rabbit hole of AN at age 11 after difficulty swallowing followed by rapid weight loss. Progressing well through recovery, but still climbing our way out of the hole.
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Foodsupport_AUS
If you haven't already I would suggest reading Sick Enough by Jennifer Gaudiani. It is a good guide to medical complications of eating disorders and also addresses this. My D did have major issues with gut health around the time of her eating disorder and for some years afterwards. Where her microbiome alterations fitted in with this is unclear but certainly her gut and brain took a long time to recover. Around 3 years ago D ended up having a gastroscopy for ongoing issues, she was also screened for coeliac. We used some fairly heavy duty probiotics for some time and that certainly seemed to sort out the gut issues, but no real obvious changes on the residual eating issues. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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Barberton
Thank you Foodsupport_AUS. I have a degree of nervousness around suggesting that d has something wrong and therefore requires 'medicine'. Planting the idea that there is something different with her or giving her an excuse to latch on to has always been a concern for me. I think I just need to take the approach that the whole family is going to take probiotics and not say anything about adjusting volume of sugar or gluten or whatever we eat as a family, and hope that these small changes make a longer term difference. Do you recall what brand of probiotics you gave your d?
D fell down the rabbit hole of AN at age 11 after difficulty swallowing followed by rapid weight loss. Progressing well through recovery, but still climbing our way out of the hole.
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Mamaroo
I still give my daughters probiotics, we use the brand Life Space and it needs no refrigeration.
D became obsessed with exercise at age 9 and started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. View my recipes on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLW6A6sDO3ZDq8npNm8_ww
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