Can leaky gut, can there be an anxiety component with leaky gut? It’s a question I got from a patient a long time ago, and many other people have asked me this question since. Can leaky gut cause anxiety?
So lots of people who do my quiz, they list this as one of their biggest frustrations with leaky gut, is having this anxiety problem. Okay. I’ve also noticed that many patients I particularly saw over the years with leaky gut were taking antidepressants. Not a great idea.
Leaky gut, if it gets really bad, can predispose you to a whole lot of mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety. I’ve seen this so many times with people because they’re not really getting the nutrition that the cells of the body need. There’s a huge connection, as we’ve already learned, between the gut, especially the small intestine, and different parts of the brain. And one of the key things that links everything up also is the vagus nerve, a large parasympathetic nerve that connects up different parts of our brain with our gut. So whatever affects our gut is going to affect our brain, and whatever affect our brain affects our gut. It’s a two-way street, okay?
In time, I think in a hundred years from now, there’ll be a lot of attention paid to the small intestine, when it comes particularly to mental health. Now, people are looking in the wrong place. They’re looking up here, whereas in fact, they should be looking down there, right? Because this brain down here has more of an effect on how people feel, okay?
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He hasn’t got the guts for it. He’s gutless. Lots of sayings have sprung up around the digestive health in terms of the mental well-being of the person. It’s paramount to get that membrane of the small intestine in really good shape. That will then ensure that your body gets the nutrition it needs to fully power up, and to give it the vitality and health that you so long, that you’re looking for.
So if you look at my playlist on leaky gut, we’ve spoken many times about leaky gut in terms of the triggers, the causes, the things that people do that exacerbates a leaky gut, that makes it bad. And also things that you can do to fix up that leaky gut. It’s not hard to fix leaky gut, but it takes time. It won’t happen like a car, putting another alternator in a car and it’s fixed. It doesn’t work like that, okay? The body can take weeks and months, and even years, to heal. It’s a slow process. But when it does, as you pick up along the way, it will inspire you and motivate you to get healthier and healthier, to a point where you’ve got no more leaky gut. You’ve got no more anxiety. And you’ve got very little depression, if any, okay?
Look at people that are happy, who haven’t got anxiety, who haven’t got depression, who feel really good about their life. Generally don’t find them to have a bad leaky gut problem, right? Also, their habits will be more in line with that degree of happiness that they have. Their health habits, in terms of what they eat, how they sleep, and how they relate to other people.
There’s a lot more to leaky gut. I would probably more be inclined to call it a leaky life. Something’s leaking out of your life.