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The Secret to Getting Rid of Anxiety and Depression

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

The secret to reducing anxiety and depression is simple. Check this out!


0:00 Reducing anxiety and depression

0:10 The connection between your gut and brain

1:10 Antidepressants and your gut bacteria

2:35 What to do for anxiety and depression

3:05 Share your success story!

Today I want to cover how to help reduce anxiety and depression. It has everything to do with your microbiome—your gut bacteria.

The largest number of nerves outside of the brain is in your gut. There is a huge communication line between your gut and your brain. What happens in the gut affects what happens in your brain.

Your gut microbes also make neurotransmitters, like GABA, dopamine, and serotonin. Serotonin can greatly affect your mood. Your gut also makes B vitamins. There is a huge connection between mood disorders and a lack of B vitamins. Also, if you have gut inflammation, that can affect your mood. So, just getting rid of inflammation can help elevate your mood.

Antidepressants can actually inhibit the growth of your friendly bacteria. There are also a lot of side effects that can accompany psychiatric drugs.

90% of serotonin is produced in the gut. SSRIs are antidepressant drugs that affect serotonin.

A few big side effects of SSRIs:

• They decrease the diversity of the microbiome

• They create an alteration in microbes

• They increase inflammation

*These side effects increase the need for SSRIs.

If you have anxiety or depression, you may want to start focusing on your gut.

Try this to help get rid of anxiety and depression:

1. Take a good probiotic

2. Consume fermented vegetables or dairy

3. Do fasting

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