My daughter is very moody, craves carbohydrates and I just noticed she's teeth grinding at night. I read unwanted organisms can cause some of these symptoms. What can I do to address this so she's not having these symptoms when school starts?
Dear Mom of Carb Craving Daughter,
New research has just been published about how the gut flora actually drive behavior, cause obesity and affect our immune system. , ,  In a wonderful TED talk  on the flora that populates our body Bonnie Blasser explains how the bacteria are a lot like another organism living inside of us. When you consider that the human body has a trillion cells and the bugs on us number around 30 trillion it’s easy to see the importance of taking care of our gut.
One of the important ways to manage our gut flora in a positive way is by being careful about what we eat. A diet high in refined carbohydrates will favor the types of gut bacteria (Clostridium, Klebsiella and others) that are harmful. On the other hand whole grains, fiber rich foods and probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir  and kombucha all work to create an environment that supports gut associated lymphoid tissue, a reduction in leaky gut and better environment for the healthy bacteria; which then keep the bad bugs out.
Artemisia & Clove combined with Cytoflora can aid this process when used like a one-two punch. If you think of the gut like a garden you’d weed first with the Artemisia & Clove and Loving Energy Sat & Sun and then seed with Cytoflora and live probiotics Monday through Friday, think of this as a "gut tonic". If you alternate this weekend/weekday routine for 8-10 weeks a normal gut flora pattern will re-emerge and you’ll notice better function in the gut and better food choices too.
As a parent you also get to choose what to buy and put in the kitchen cabinets. If there are no refined carbs in the house they can’t be eaten!
 Gershon M. The Second Brain : The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines. ISBN-10: 0060182520
 Matej Bajzer and Randy J. Seeley. Obestity and Gut Flora. Nature. Vol 444|21/28 December 2006
 Hachung Chung, Sünje J. Pamp, Jonathan A. Hill, Neeraj K. Surana, Sanna M. Edelman, Erin B. Troy, Nicola C. Reading, Eduardo J. Villablanca, Sen Wang, Jorge R. Mora et al. Gut Immune Maturation Depends on Colonization with a Host-Specific Microbiota. Cell, 22 June 2012