Natural Treatment for Depression | What You Need to Know About The Latest Research

Natural Treatment for Depression | What You Need to Know About The Latest Research

Earlier this year, the first population-level
study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health was published. And another recent
study showed that a certain species of bacteria in our guts produce a compound that’s actually
one of our own neurotransmitters. What does this mean for natural treatments for depression?
Find out on this episode of The Dr. K Show. I’m Dr. Karthik Ramanan. I help ambitious
individuals end self criticism with tools and strategies to create optimal everyday
mental health. If you’re new here and you know you need to get out of your own way to
execute on your passions, Iím here for you. I encourage you to subscribe right now. Each week on The Dr. K Show, I answer YOUR
burning questions. The second segment is Progress Success, where I share a win from K Nation,
people just like you. And in the final segment, I Bring The Heat. If you need a kickstart,
a little motivation, stick around until the end. I drop wisdom, raw and real. A recent study published in Nature Microbiology
examined the relationship between microbiome – the bacteria living in your gut – and mental
health. The researchers combined microbiome data with depression diagnoses for 1,054 participants.
They wanted to see if specific microorganisms living in these individuals guts correlated
with mental illness. The researchers found that two species, Coprococcus and Dialister,
were low in individuals experiencing depression. They also found that individuals who had high
levels of Coprococcus and Faecalibacterium species in their guts had higher quality of
life indicators. These last two strains produce butyrate, a short chain fatty acid which is
important keeping the cells of your colon healthy. It’s also believed to play a role
in regulating immune function. Butyrate is important. Are you finding this fascinating? If so, smash
that like button. Here’s a bonus fact. Another recent study
published in Nature Microbiology found that Bacteroides produces gamma amino butyric acid,
more commonly known as GABA. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter produced in the brain that
actually blocks impulses between nerve cells. Low levels of GABA are, as you’d imagine,
associated with anxiety. Low GABA, can’t calm yourself. And here we find that a bacteria
species in a healthy gut also produces GABA. Now maybe you’re wondering, do low levels
of these beneficial bacterial species produce mental illness? Or does mental illness produce
low levels of these bacterial species? The answer isÖ (shrug). If you hear anyone say that a scientific study
“proves” X, Y, or ZÖ it’s very hard to truly demonstrate proof in medicine, especially
with one study. All we know is that mental health and a quality microbiome go hand-in-hand,
so if we consume the right foods and address the mind, we’re going to be better equipped
to create optimal everyday mental health. So how can we take action on this knowledge?
Be sure to check out episode 8 of The Dr K Show for the best foods for anxiety. The insight
I’m about to give relating to depression is 100% in alignment with what I said in that
episode. Basically, eat more fiber rich whole plant foods. A lot of them. By the way, remember butyrate, that short
chain fatty acid I mentioned earlier that’s good for your colon cells? Guess what the
bacteria that produce butyrate need? Fiber. There’s no substitute for fiber. Question of the day: Do you feel you get enough
fiber in your daily diet? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to give
you any tips for getting more fiber if you need help. Todayís Progress Success is brought to you
by a client of mine. She actually had a setback, the first setback since we started working
together. I’m not going to share the details, but just know that it could have undone a
couple months of work in terms of progress in her relationship with her husband and her
own psychology and getting out of her own way to live the life she wants. Why is this
in progress success? Because we spent an hour examining the setback and creating a strong
emotional lesson. And that lesson is actually something she would not have learned without
the setback. Look, in life we either have successes or lessons. Our failures are only
failures if we do not learn from them. If we learn a lesson from them and take action
on that lesson moving forward, those failures are a gift. I remember what it was like, being depressed.
I remember not wanting to talk to anyone. Just wanting to retreat. Everything that happened
to me felt like the end of the world. I couldn’t see more than two weeks into the future. I
remember how much I hated when people said “cheer up”, or “it’s not that bad”. They didn’t
get it. I know how debilitating depression is. Here’s
the hard truth I had to swallow after five years of dealing with it: after a while, I
wanted to be depressed. I wanted to have the excuse that I couldn’t be my best. I wanted
to have something to blame for living beneath my potential. I didn’t want to hear that truth
at the time, but looking back, I wanted to live in my hole. If you’re going through a depressed time of
your life, I want you to know that you are not broken. You will not always feel this
way. Did you know that when we’re depressed, our brains actually have greater neuroplasticity,
which means they form new connections more readily than at other times. What if your
depression was a gift that allowed you to reconnect your brain in an empowering way?
What if your depression was the launching point for a greater life? It was for me. If you feel ready to launch out of your depression,
let now be the time. Let this be the time that you eat the whole plant foods, move your
body, detox from your phone, and start dreaming like a child, of the life you can have. The
life you deserve. Depression is not the end. It is the beginning.
I believe in your greatness.

7 thoughts on “Natural Treatment for Depression | What You Need to Know About The Latest Research

  1. Question of the Day: Do you feel you get enough fiber in your daily diet? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll be happy to give you any tips for getting more fiber if you need help.

  2. This was excellent! I agree that diet helps with mental health and the gut is super interesting! You eat garbage you will feel like garbage. I also like that you point out how difficult it is to make medical claims off of one study. 💯

  3. No I don’t. I actually don’t understand the science behind adding fiber to my diet. I’m just told to do it.

  4. Very interesting information! I love learning about the connection between what we eat and how we feel.

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