In cases where diet influences emotional state, my feeling is that there is a problem with the small intestine. It could be Candida or a bacterial problem like high levels of Klebsiella or Citrobacter. Stool testing will reveal all, and you can take it from there.
I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve seen who had had significant improvement in their mood when the health of their digestive system improved. Their anxiety disappeared. Their depression went away. They felt a lot happier and more engaged in life. These cases prove the point that you don’t need pharmaceutical drugs to feel happy. You need a happy belly to have a happy head.
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If you get the “second brain” (i.e., your gut) working well, the primary brain is going to work well. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to me, but the conventional medical profession appears to be lagging behind. There are tens of thousands of studies that have been conducted over the last four or five years on this topic alone.
I do worry that drug companies will try and patent certain strains of probiotics that are particularly good for depression and anxiety.
Another option for depression is to take a good B complex supplement, but you still have to address whatever is going on in your gut. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in particular, but also vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and B12 (methylcobalamin) seem to be good for brain function.