Stress... The Black Plague of the 21st century, is claiming more victims everyday! If you have ever suffered from anxiety, chronic stress or depression you know it doesn't stop at you, but continues on affecting your relationships, work, and health. A recent poll of 1,500 Canadians found 41% of those surveyed identified themselves as “someone who struggles with anxiety.” Unfortunately medications and drugs like Benzodiazepines (Xanax) and SSRI's do not treat the root cause, and on top of that they have horrible side effects like addiction, and even dementia. (1)
BUT, don't worry... There is help! Today we are going to discuss one of the ROOT CAUSES of anxiety, depression and chronic stress.
We know that most depression and anxiety come from a serotonin deficiency or dysfunction. We also know that many studies confirm about 90% of your body's serotonin is produced in your gut. (2) (3) 90%... that's an incredible majority! On top of that GABA, the major calming neurotransmitter in the brain, has also been proven to be produced in large part by bacteria of the GI tract. (4) This ia amazing news, as it leaves us with a clear starting point to support these issues and the ROOT CAUSE.
THE PARADIGM SHIFT
Great, but what does this all mean for me? Well, one researcher in the Journal of Neuroscience went so far as to say that the GUT microbiome is creating a paradigm shift in medicine. (5) Simply, for 100's of years we separated the mind and the body... if you were stressed it was 'all in your head' and medications were conceived to treat this. However this new information should force experts who have patients presenting with anxiety, stress or depression, to do a proper GUT microbial profile, and assess if the microbiome is playing a role.
OK, What do I do now?**
If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, or some other mood disorder, the best way to start is buy consulting your primary care physician (MD) and ask them if they have thoroughly eliminated or investigated if your mood disorder could not be originating from your GI tract. If they haven't follow these steps:
If they are open and willing to investigate this possibility further, you should inquire about a stool profile for microbial balance, the Gold Standard. (A gastroscopy or colonoscopy might be great for the process of elimination, but it is not able to see bacterial balance!) If they refuse to investigate further for whatever reason(s), I would personally look for a more qualified practitioner/coach, that is up to date and knowledgeable of this interaction.
If there is some type of dysbiosis or other GI tract issue finally, my recommendation would be to discuss a proper 4R ® GI Restoration Program program to help regenerate your GI tract. The 4R ® program is a scientifically proven, as well as being a clinically tested and effective method to help support the health of your intestinal terrain. (6)
**This article is not designed to provide medical aid, advice or nutrition advice to treat, prevent or diagnose any disease nor do we claim to be doctors or dietitians. Any natural product recommendation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and are suggestions only.
Pillars of a Healthy GI Tract
You may be asking, well at least give me some info... I won't keep you in suspense here is a great video I filmed a couple years ago discussing the many areas or pillars of a healthy GI tract.
I've already tried that...
If you are the person that is reading this saying 'I already tried that, it didn't help!' It is very possible, not all mood disorders come from the Gut microbiome. However, it is also possible all the components of the 4R ® GI Restoration Program were properly not done, or done ineffectively. I would suggest consulting a health proffessional who has exeprience and results with their clients presenting with GI discomfort or stress.
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https://youtu.be/nF5VUbCO5Hs (french video)
(1) Benzodiazepine use and risk of incident dementia or cognitive decline: prospective population based study https://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i90
(2) Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut's microbiota https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190906092809.htm
(3) Serotonin Signaling in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Functions, dysfunctions, and therapeutic targets https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4048923/
(4) GABA-modulating bacteria of the human gut microbiota https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-018-0307-3
(5) Gut Microbes and the Brain: Paradigm Shift in Neuroscience https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4228144/?report=reader
(6) Gut Dysfunction and Chronic Disease: The Benefits of Applying the 4R ® GI Restoration Program https://www.researchgate.net/publication/238721863_Gut_Dysfunction_and_Chronic_Disease_The_Benefits_of_Applying_the_4R_R_GI_Restoration_Program