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The Gut-Brain Connection: How A Healthy Diet Can Reduce Anxiety and Alleviate Depression

a demonstration showing the effect a poor gut-brain can have on your mental health

Did you know there are roughly 100 trillion unique organisms living in your gut? These microbiome communicate with your central nervous system and near-endocrine systems associated with anxiety and stress response. We also know the “gut-brain connection” plays a role in mood and memory, but how much more they communicate is still very much a mystery.

While we don’t fully understand the connection between the brain and gut, we have plenty of evidence that suggests these micro-organisms have a significant impact on a wide range of mental health and neurological conditions. This may include but is not limited to depression, schizophrenia, and gastrointestinal issues.

Establish A Healthier Gut-Brain Connection

Let’s start with seven simple and super effective ways to establish a healthier gut-brain connection:

  1. Eat protein within 30 minutes of waking up
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables
  3. Eliminate processed foods
  4. Add yogurt to your daily intake
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Limit or eliminate caffeine and alcohol
  7. Add pre and probiotics

These are just a few ways to achieve better gut health. Consider adding more mediterranean dishes to your diet. Replace unhealthy snacks with nuts. These foods can be beneficial for reducing anxiety and improving your gut microbiota’s effect on mental health.

The Gut-Brain-Therapy Connection

Don’t let your gut get you down. Studies show gastrointestinal problems can improve with psychologically-based approaches, as well as psychological issues improving with a healthier gut biome. It’s a two way street.

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or gastrointestinal issues that may be caused from stress, contact us to speak with a licensed professional today. Our team specializes in therapy for all sorts of conditions from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and anger management.