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Episode 42: How Depression And Anxiety Is Fueled By Your Microbiome

Episode 42: How Depression And Anxiety Is Fueled By Your Microbiome

In a one-month period at the beginning of COVID-19, prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications rose 34.1 percent; for antidepressants, 18.6 percent; and for anti-insomnia drugs, 14.8 percent. Clearly, we’re not coping so well with the challenges of a pandemic world.

But, what does the microbiome have to do with the rise in depression and anxiety? And what can we learn about how to better our brains by improving our guts?

On this episode, Andrea is joined by Dr. Ghannoum to discuss the latest emerging research about depression and the microbiome. Dr. G talks about how he’s able to distinguish patients who are depressed solely by their lab results, and sheds light on the actual diversity threshold of microbes that are necessary to keep us out of a depressive state.

The two also talk about how probiotics play a pivotal role in easing depression and they walk through Dr. G’s day, step-by-step, to illustrate the real-life diet and lifestyle choices he makes to stay healthy in mind and body.

On this show, you’ll learn: 

  • Distinguishing patients with depression from lab results (3:13)
  • Microbiome diversity threshold for depression results (7:33)
  • Does taking a probiotic help? (8:49)
  • How the gut impacts the brain (10:13)
  • The role of the vagus nerve (13:37)
  • Symptoms that affect the gut’s ability to work (18:40)
  • Do symptoms return after probiotics are stopped? (23:21) 
  • Gut microbes and alcohol (26:36)
  • Dr. G’s day, step-by-step (28:22)
  • Stress reduction techniques that Dr. G employs (31:48)
  • Fecal transplants and their use in the treatment of depression (35:10)

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