I’ve been getting a lot of questions about depression and anxiety, and if they are affected by leaky gut and your daily diet.
Before I address these issues, I want to mention that while there are many cases that changing your diet and exercise routine to something better for you often does help depression and anxiety, these are not always caused by eating patterns or leaky gut. Depression and anxiety are very real and can be caused by many factors.
That being said, I have never seen a case where someone changed the way they ate and it didn’t help them feel at least some relief from their symptoms. Not all depression and anxiety is caused by nutrition problems, but it usually can be helped through eating right.
How it works
Feeling depressed and anxious alongside leaky gut is completely normal. Your body’s natural happy hormone, serotonin, is produced in the gut, and when something else is occupying the gut’s concentration, like leaky gut, digestive issues, allergies, or other problems, producing that happy hormone is the first thing to get put aside. Without that happy hormone being produced, you are more prone to feeling depressed and anxious.
So how do we revive our body’s production of serotonin?
Like all problems, there is a cause. Since this type of depression and anxiety is caused by digestive problems and issues in the gut, it would only make sense to fix those digestive issues in order to get the body to generate serotonin again. By eating right, you can create a perfect environment for your body to heal, which also in turn allows your body to take up its normal functions like producing serotonin regularly.
This can be done by eating certain all natural foods, taking specific supplements, and exercising a few minutes per day. You can find what I recommend doing in my Healing Leaky Gut Series of posts or in my book, Healing Leaky Gut.
There is also a flip side to this. Most people think they eat well, but don’t realize how much stress they are putting on their gut. Even after healing their gut, many people eat food that is hard on the digestive system, and even a little bit of stress on the digestive system can inhibit some production of serotonin. It would make sense that when we eat better, more serotonin is produced, and we are happier.
Ideally, eating a perfect diet would make us perfectly happy. Of course, life is hard and things don’t always go our way, but we would be happy more.
Even if eating a balanced, healthy diet seems hard, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your body.
It’s worth every bite.