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Is Your Gut Making You 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. 

Is Your Gut Making You Depressed?
David Perlmutter, MD
David-PerlmutterDavid Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who specializes in preventative medicine and neurology. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders.

Dr. Perlmutter has contributed extensively to the world medical literature with publications appearing in such journals as The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology. He is the author of the international bestsellers Grain Brain, Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker. Dr. Perlmutter’s newest book, Grain Brain For Life is set to release Fall of 2016.

Dr. Perlmutter was awarded the 2002 Linus Pauling Award for his pioneering work in innovative approaches to neurological disorders. In addition, he received the 2002 Denham Harmon Award for his work in advancing the understanding of free radical biochemistry in neurological diseases and is the recipient of the 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award. He received the 2010 Humanitarian of The Year from the American College of Nutrition.