In this episode I will teach you how to reduce anxiety and depression naturally through rebalancing the gut.
Did you know that anxiety and depression originates from the 2nd brain, the gut?
This was new information to me 3 years ago and when I finally stopped to understand it, it completely changed my life.
Up until that point, I had always associated anxiety and depression with chemical imbalances in the brain (the brain sitting atop my neck that is).
I will never forget that fateful day back in July of 2017 when my anxiety and depression finally reached its tipping point.
I found myself back in the doctor's office for what seemed like the bazillion-th time. I will never forget what he said to me that day: "I will go ahead and run another round of metabolic blood work and if the results come back in normal ranges "again" then you need to prepare yourself to go down the psychiatric route." I said to him: "No I refuse to believe that is the answer. Something's off with in my body and I just need to figure it out."
Two days later the information that I am about to share with you on the gut-brain connection crossed my path.
It completely changed the course of my life and it can do the same for you too.
In this episode you will learn you how to:
Choose the correct probiotic strains that have recently been linked to improvements in anxiety and depression (SO EXCITING)
Repair gut microbiome imbalances and improve gut integrity
Repair the neurotransmitter signaling from your gut to your brain
Reduce stress, balance cortisol levels and combat adrenal fatigue naturally
And how doing so will reduce your depression and anxiety and increase your stress resilience naturally.
So what exactly is causing your anxiety and depression? To determine that we have to look at the imbalances in your gut together with the cascade of signaling stemming from your gut microbiome.
Gut bacteria Imbalances (dysbiosis) & Gut Permeability (leaky gut)
It feels like something is off in your brain but the signals that your brain is receiving and interpreting are actually coming from someplace else in the body. Some of the signals could be coming from your out of balance gut bacteria (dysbiosis). Others could be stemming from the permeability in your gut tissue & lining (leaky gut). The first signs of dysbiosis and leaky gut are digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, increased sugar and processed food cravings, anxiety and depression.
Over/Under Active Immune System
Another source of signals causing you to feel off could be originating from your immune system. 80% of your immune system lives in your gastrointestinal tract otherwise known as the gut. Gut bacteria imbalances and gut permeability hinders your body's immune system from communicating from your gut to your brain efficiently. That's when you might start experiencing over or underactive immune system issues, food intolerances or other mystery health symptoms.
High Inflammation Levels
Chronic stress, sugar and processed foods, antibiotics and environmental toxins cause inflammation in the gut, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients. The signals produced by inflammation could also be triggering the cascade of negative health symptoms throughout your body.
Did you know that 60-90% of your neurotransmitters are produced in your gut? In a healthy, diverse and balanced gut microbiome that is. And then communicated 90% one way from your gut to your brain?
These are the neurotransmitters responsible for:
- Mood (serotonin)
- Motivation (dopamine)
- Concentration and focus (norepinephrine)
- Relaxation and sleep (GABA)
- Compassion, connection & love (oxytocin)
When I finally stopped to understand this I truly felt like it was the missing link I was searching for within my own recovery/health puzzle. When your gut is out of balance the production and communication of neurotransmitters is greatly impaired – anxiety and depression become prevalent. Makes total sense now right?
So what can you do to reduce your anxiety and depression naturally? Improve the signaling across your entire gut-brain axis. I always recommend that my clients follow my 5R Framework for Gut-Brain Connection Restoration:
Do a targeted intervention to get the bad gut bacteria to die off by following a grain/sugar free, vegan eating plan for 3 days.
Help the good gut bacteria flourish by supplementing with the targeted probiotic strains (good bacteria) that have been shown to positively impact mental wellness (e.g. depression, anxiety and stress/cortisol response). It's imperative that these targeted probiotic strains be matched with their preferred food source, commonly referred to as prebiotics, to encourage the growth of bacteria once they are there. Phytobiotics are also essential to include in your diet to protect the good bacteria once it’s there.
The production of your "feel good" neurotransmitters in your gut and improve signaling between the gut and brain by giving your body the key nutrients needed to repair gut lining that can often be in short supply in a compromised gut. These nutrients include zinc, alpha and beta glucans, antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C, and E), fish oil, and the amino acid glutamine.
Your brain by giving it targeted nutrients for enhanced mental focus, stamina and cognitive function. These nutrients include pomegranate, green tea, omega 3 fatty acids, guayusa and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and coconut oil. Coconut oil contains many gut nourishing properties.
It is important to pay attention to lifestyle choices. Sleep, exercise, and stress can all affect the GI tract. Balancing those activities is important to an optimal digestive tract. Make sleep a priority. Start to incorporate a short 5-10 meditation in the morning right when you get up and before you touch technology. New to meditation? Start HERE with Tara Brach’s guided meditations for beginners.
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