Anxiety has become exceedingly widespread in adult Americans. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of American adults – 40 million people – suffer from anxiety at any given moment while nearly a third of us will experience symptoms of anxiety disorder at some point in our lifetimes. Incredibly, the average age of onset is 11 years. Women are 60% more likely to experience anxiety disorder during the course of their lifetime in comparison to men.
These numbers are impressive and clearly support our understanding as to why people are seeking out approaches, aside from pharmaceuticals, that can be helpful. Continue reading
I’m 23, and an active CrossFit-er, fitness nutrition specialist, and personal trainer. When I was 21 though, I started experiencing severe obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. I had always exhibited some common traits of it, but never as bad as it was a few short years ago.
I had absolutely no idea what to do, how to cure it, and thought I was doomed forever. Though I was still able to carry on my daily life, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. It took me 2 years to find a therapist who would help me work through much of this anxiety. Through intensive work, we were able to pinpoint the fact that many times in my life when I experienced episodes of anxiety, I was also indulging in carbs, sugar, or gluten. Anxiety disorders thrive on stress and the reaction my body had to those things was every bit of a stress reaction. Continue reading
In some form or another, I suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 30 years. Along the way I was taking heavy doses of lithium and antidepressants just to get through the day, which I was spending in the high-stress environment of my corporate job. Retiring helped, but even with those stressors gone, I was still on medication and incredibly symptomatic.
Enter Grain Brain. My life was changed.
Adopting this lifestyle plan, I went from 10 pills (1500mg/day) to zero! I’ve never felt better and have energy levels I never thought possible. Depression and anxiety no more!
I am 52 years old and am currently taking Cymbalta, 30mg for depression. I have been seriously depressed for too long along with severe anxiety.
Only one month after becoming gluten free, and reducing my carbohydrate and sugar intake, I am a totally different person. Honestly, it is like night and day. My anxiety has disappeared; I am calm. I’m not depressed. Instead, I’m feeling good and content. I used to think that I would be on antidepressants forever, but now I feel like there’s hope that one day I won’t need them anymore.
In a challenge to our narcissism, a new report in the journal Gastroenterology, reveals that our gut bacteria may actually be playing an important role in our emotional responses. Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, associate professor at the Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California recently completed a study in which she performed functional brain imaging studies on 36 healthy women. The participants were divided into three groups. One group received a placebo while another received a milk product, with the third group receiving a milk product which was fermented and contained various probiotics species.
At the beginning of the study each of the participants underwent an fMRI study of the brain which measured both resting brain activity as well as how the brain responded to an emotional event such as seeing pictures of angry or scared people.
My story began many years ago when my daughter, then just a child of 9, suffered from severe anxiety, OCD, phobias and, constantly complained of stomach aches. I sought help through traditional medicine, only to have her become violent and suicidal from the SSRIs she was given at such a young age. I had been a psychotherapist for over 15 years and over 10 years ago I sent one of my clients with complaints of stomach aches to a naturopath.
Wheat was removed out of her diet, her stomach aches went away, and she felt less anxious and depressed. That was my light bulb moment. I did the same for my daughter. Her anxiety, phobia’s, depression, OCD, went away. That was 10 years ago.
Today I run a holistic counseling centre where clients are recommended to remove gluten from their diet. Ten years ago there was little to support what I was doing but I knew intuitively it was the right thing to do. I was, and remain, amazed by the results I was seeing and getting. I have been met with some resistance and at times ridiculed by other professionals, however I have never turned away from the idea of removing gluten from peoples diets.