How can your poop get depressed? Sure it probably has the shittiest job of them all, but really depression? Ok, that might be stretching it a little far but there is a connection between poop and depression….yes, it is the gut.
There is so much research about the gut/brain connection and how digestive health ties into mental health. If it is something that you want to dive more into it then I highly recommend reading Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride.
The Standard American Diet contains a host of pro-inflammatory foods, this causes the gut to become inflamed and to become toxic. We must learn how to get rid of the causes of inflammation and restore the normal immune balance through our food and nutrients, this is the first step. It is vital to work with a nutritional therapist, naturopath, or another GAPS trained practitioner to heal the gut so that the mind can begin to heal. The practitioner can help heal IBS, leaky gut, and several other digestive issues that may be contributing to depression or other mental illness.
The Standard American Diet contains a host of pro-inflammatory foods. To treat depression, we must learn how to get rid of the causes of inflammation and restore the normal immune balance through our food and nutrients, as well as our exercise, sleep, and stress management habits.
A few tips
Healing from depression takes lots of time, patience, and working with someone that can help.
- Eat whole food and real food. Buy organic fruits, veggies, grass fed meat and dairy. Think about eating like our great grandparents did. Try and farm your own food or purchase from a farmers market. Eat a wide range of variety of fruits and veggies.
- Cut out sugar. I. Studies confirm sugar consumption can cause depression. Look for hidden sources of sugar, which are more prevalent than you think.
- Exercise regularly. Studies show exercise is as good as, and even better than anti-depressants.
- Terrible sleep will only contribute to and exacerbate depression, so you want to aim for eight hours’ solid, uninterrupted sleep every night…..I am working towards this also!
- Control stress, do not let it control you. Constantly feeling stressed out becomes a surefire way to become depressed. Find what calms you and practice it regularly, whether that includes meditation, yoga, or just walking your dog. Two books that I highly recommend for real life meditation are: Hot Mess to Mindful Moms and Eight Minute Meditation
- Ask for help. Seek the help of a functional medicine practitioner, a nutritional therapist, a naturopath.
Take care of yourself and take care of one another.
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1800 – SUICIDE
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