Listen: Autumn Calabrese discusses how gut health can affect mental health
"A mental health podcast. So I wanna talk about mental health as well as physical health. How do you find the physical health. End mental health intertwine. What do you think is the connection there? Oh my gosh. They're bound up around each other. And so often I see that we want to separate them and there just is no separating them. I mean, I could go on forever about this topic. That's been super important to me lately because the biggest thing is our gut health. And I think that term it's sort of new in the media, gut health in what what it means to not everybody really understands are like, what does that have to do with my eating? And obviously there's your micro bio, that's the bacteria that is living in your gut that determines the health of your gut, and that is fed by what you eat there. Certain things that obviously eat, there's food sensitivities that play a major role in it, and most people don't realize that the majority of our serotonin is made in our in our gut in her stomach, not in our brain. So depression, a lot of people are assuming, okay, I'm depressed. It's coming from my brain and that's not from what we're learning the front. Always the case could be that your gut my Oma. So off that you're not producing it in the right levels of serotonin. I mean upwards of seven. Eighty percent of your serotonin made in your gut. So if that's not working right, you're happy hormone isn't getting produced properly. So that leads to how you're feeling. I experienced it first hand us about two two and a half years ago. I started having some serious issues. I was losing weight rather quickly and didn't know why I hadn't changed anything about my eating or anything about fitness. I fell into a depression. It wasn't super severe, but it was definitely there and I couldn't figure out why because everything was great in my life. And I was like, why do I feel down and blue when I should feel on top of the world? And it was kind of like a switch overnight. Like it just kind of came out of nowhere, and I kept trying to claw my way out of it and more and more symptoms would come. But the the anxiety in the in the mild depression, just sort of were there and like the weight gain with sort of go up and down. And then all of a sudden I lost my muscle definition wasn't coming through the way it used to anymore. Despite how hard I was working out, felt like there was an elephants sitting on my chest constantly, and it was two years of searching for. Answers. It was two years of seeing some of the top specialists in Los Angeles and them telling me that it was in my head and that maybe I just needed to talk to therapists that there was nothing physically wrong with me. And I kept saying, I know my body, this isn't right. I know my body. This isn't right. And that's one of the benefits of being in tune with your body and really knowing it. You can identify like there's something going on here, and I was literally at the end of my rope in about to give up and just assume that this is where I was going to be all of a sudden like, maybe this is just what happens when you hit thirty six and thirty seven years old. It just doesn't work the way it's supposed to any more. And then I go back in a day. I refuse to believe that I hate like I've always said age is just a number, and that's not the case. If you take care of yourself and I'm taking care of myself and I looked up a natural Pathak doctor, and I finally went and saw the unnatural path. And I sat with her for two hours and I told her all of my symptoms and the long and short is we discovered I had severe food sensitivities, and of course it was the foods that I was eating every single day multiple times a day, severe food sensitivities, eggs. Peanuts to flax seeds to all men's, which are all healthy foods unless you have a sensitivity do and the amount of inflammation that was in my body. And in my gut, I had leaky gut because of it, which meant many particles of my food where leaking into my bloodstream, which was causing problems. And on top of it, I was basically what was considered malnourished my vitamins and mineral levels had plummeted. I wasn't absorbing any of my foods. So while I was eating healthy food, I wasn't absorbing the nutrients of the healthy food. So I had no b vitamins, which is why was exhausted all the time. Adrenals were completely tapped. Come to find out. My zinc levels have plummeted in your zinc is responsible for your testosterone, which is why muscle definition wasn't there. But all this stuff that was wrong with my gut was the problem. So it wasn't a chemical imbalance in my brain that was causing the anxiety in the depression. It was the inflammation in my stomach ended eliminated those foods. And again, it wasn't an overnight fix. Although I did start feeling better about three days after is eliminated the foods, but then it was a very long road about another year of. Of feeling my gut of, okay, those inflammatory foods are out. But now I've got to get my vitamin levels back off and glued Amine to heal the gut lining and adrenal support and all of that. But the crazy thing was is that is soon as that all got under control, anxiety lifted the depression lifted the happiness returned, and I'm not saying that that's the end all be all for everybody, but everyone's different. And there are obviously many a times where there are chemical imbalances in things like that, but the food support your body. And if we really stop and think about what food is for, you know, it's not a reward. It's not for pleasure. It's fuel and its information for your cells to everything that we put in our mouths tells our body how to behave. It tells ourselves if they should repair themselves or if they should die off, it tells are inefficient replenish your if we end up with acne, tells us it helps set our Circe Ian rhythms. I mean, everything you put in your body tells yourselves what to do. So if you're putting in things that don't support that, then those cell. Aren't going to function at the optimum level, and then it's just a matter of, okay, we'll, what are you going to get? What is your symptoms going to be? Then how do you deal with it? And then ideally it, yes, find your target and then go after it. There are the top foods that the people always say, okay, you can try the elimination diet in that is, you know it's sugar and corn wheat, and dairy and gluten. And so white. In those usually like a top six say, that's a great place to start. The problem is is if you miss one thing, it still doesn't get better than for me, I would have never, probably eliminated eggs. There might favor food in the world. I probably would have never eliminated Ullmann's. I mean, why would I think that would be a trigger but they were off the charts. So if you do an elimination diet and you still don't find your answers. The next thing to do is to get that blood test, and there is a little bit of confusion sometimes of like, what am I doing prick test or my doing a blood test and it's the blood test. Mine was the Elisa food panel test. It's not the one to determine if you're going to have antifa lactic. Doc, that's the prick test. It's the one that's going to look at the inflammation levels in your body and say, this causes inflammation. This does not. Regardless of what caused you to have that anxiety and depression, you still had those feelings, right? You still had that feeling of on, well, that feeling of that sitting on your chest, did you also work with a therapist at any point to kind of work through those feelings? I did actually, there wasn't Kerik has that I was working with for about six or seven months, and she was wonderful, and it was great to go in there and talk to her and by no means trying to sound like true or anything like that. But I'm very aware of what my feelings are. I'm very aware of what my emotional triggers are in very aware of the things in my past that don't sit well with me and that I'm working through. So for me, it was like a little bit of a hard. I mean, like I said, I went in and I would do my therapy sessions and guess it was great to top, but I was like a for me. I didn't feel like even when I was in those nations, it wasn't that I didn't feel like it was helping. I, I knew it wasn't the root cause or issue, and it wasn't the cure and it wasn't going to make it better. Does it feel good to. Go talk your problems out. Absolutely. And for some people, that's exactly what they need, but I just intuitively knew that mine was happening on a cellular level inside my body. This therapist can help you deal with those problems in those feelings when you get them, but they can't necessarily help get to the root cause if it's something"