How to Naturally Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Brett Berner
5 min readOct 11, 2021
Photo by Sage Friedman on Unsplash

In this article, we will discuss the secret to reducing not only the symptom of anxiety but the symptoms of depression as well. It has everything to do with your microbiome. Microbiome means the bacteria in your gut.

The link between anxiety, depression, and your gut

The largest number of nerves outside your brain is located down in your gut. It is also important to note that your gut and your brain are bidirectional. This means that there is a huge communication line between your gut and your brain. This implies that what happens down in your gut will affect what happens up in your brain.

It is important to note that your gut microbiomes produce neurotransmitters, the implication being that your microbes produce all neurotransmitters like GABA, dopamine, serotonin. Serotonin, for example, has a great influence on your mood, and people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression nearly always have gut problems.

Your gut also makes the vitamins, and there’s a strong relationship between all sorts of mood disorders and vitamin B deficiency.

If your gut is inflamed, that’s going to affect your mood. So, by getting rid of inflammation alone, you will elevate your mood.

Now, is there a link between antidepressants and your gut flora? Well, yes!

You see, antidepressants inhibit the growth of friendly bacteria in your gut. Two drugs that fall into this category are Abilify (aripiprazole) and Norpramin.

Abilify has minor side effects such as GI symptoms and a strong desire to binge, shop, and engage in sexual activities. More common side effects are:

· Vomiting

· Sleeplessness

· Dizziness, and

· Movement disorders

Now, here’s something you should know:

90% of the serotonin in your body is produced in your gut. So there’s something called SSRIs — the acronym for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

These antidepressant drugs affect serotonin. A major side effect from SSRIs is that it decreases your microbiome diversity. It also alters your microbes and…

Dr. Brett Berner

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