Brain Health, Gut health

Supplements for Depression

Many suffer from depression in silence. It is not a visible illness and the sufferers are sometimes treated like they are to blame. However, we need to recognize that depression has a physical cause and supplements can help.

Gut-brain axis

Have you heard of the gut-brain axis? It turns out that your gut bacteria affects your brain. The gut and the brain are interrelated by a complex network of communication pathways, among them, the vagus nerve, hormone signaling and the immune system. That is why the gut microbiota has been implicated in a variety of mental health conditions, including depression.
Our gut is often referred to as the “second brain”, because it is DIRECTLY connected to our brain via the vagus nerve, which sends messages back and forth. Gut microbes can activate the vagus nerve, which influences brain chemistry and behavior – this is why many people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) suffer from depression and anxiety as well. Gut microbes influence serotonin and dopamine production – more than 90% of your body’s serotonin (feel-good chemical) is found in the gut. Poor gut health also means our body is not naturally detoxifying, the way it should. The build up of toxins also leaks into the bloodstream, negatively affecting the brain.

Supplements for depression

That being said, it becomes clear that probiotics are essential to help heal depression. In fact, it has been proven in a double-blind placebo controled trial. Carefully selected supplements can help rebalance and regulate the gut. In fact, Plexus Vital Biome has been clinically show to improve mood. Its purpose is to seed your gut with all the useful bacteria it needs. For example, Lactobacillus has been found to reverse depression symptoms. Seeding your gut with good bacteria can additionally be done through diet (read Foods that Build your Gut Flora). However, it is also important to get rid of the harmful bacteria. To do this, avoid sugar and processed foods, as all the bad bacteria feed on sugar

A placebo controlled study demonstrated the positive effect of taking vitamin C orally to relieve anxiety. Vitamin B6 has also been shown to help the body produce serotonin, and some anti-depression medications work by increasing serotonin levels.

It is recognized now that we are made up of more bacteria cells than human cells by a factor of 10! Improving your gut health will not only improve your mood, but your general health and well being as well. Please just comment below or contact me here if you would like to try these products.