Encore Episode: Is Your Gut Making You Depressed?

Your gut might be the reason you're feeling depressed.

Antidepressant prescriptions are increasingly on the rise. 

Is there a better option to improve mood and release sufferers from a depressive state?

The answer lies in your gut. 
Antidepressant medications are designed to increase serotonin. But, 90 percent of the serotonin in your body is made in the gut, not the brain. 
Depression truly is an inflammatory disorder. 
The foods that you eat have a direct impact on mood. 
Avoid sugar and carbohydrates. Incorporate more healthy fats and vegetables like jicama, artichoke, asparagus, leeks... all of which contain high levels of prebiotic fibers. Also, make sure you're taking a high quality probiotic supplement. 
Listen in as Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and his newest release, Brain Maker, joins Dr. Friedman to explain why your depression might be stemming from your gut, not your brain.

Gut and mood. 


Antidepressant meds designed to increase serotonin. 90 percent of the S in your body is made in the gut, not the brain. The bacteria 


Depression is an inflammatory disorder. 


Food that you eat has a direct impact on mood. 


Avoid sugar and carbs. Welcome fat. Jicama, artichoke, asparagus, leeks, prebiotic fiber. High quality probiotics. 


Eat veggies from above the ground, not below. Least amount of starch. Potatoes and other underground veggies tend to store carbohydrates. 


Host: David Friedman, DC