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Can leaky gut cause anxiety?

Or can anxiety cause leaky gut? My nutritionist thinks that I have leaky gut, and furthermore she thinks that I have had it for a long time. That made me start wondering if it is related to my chronic anxiety.

5 Answers

Rebecca Abraxas
Remember Your Greatness! Beautiful journeyer, are you ready for your next step in your awakening journey- to feel happy for no reason, to open your awareness, and to grow in unconditional love?

Yes, it can. When someone is challenged with a leaky gut they are not absorbing all the nutrients from the food they are eating. So you can be deficient in essential vitamin and minerals that support ease and calm in your body. There are supplements that can begin to heal the gut along with a special diet for a while. When you get on a leaky gut healing program my guess is that your anxiety will start to cease. All the best.

Maxine Thomas, M.D.
Many people have never had a Retainer relationship with a professional and are unfamiliar with how it works.

The Anxiety causes leaky gut. The emotion causes the physical. The energy you cannot see (the mind) causes the energy you can see (the body). The mind and brain are not the same thing. One is non-physical. The other is part of the physical body. I tried to put grandma's Leaky gut back together piece-meal for years. Then one day I realized that it is a normal stress response. It is stress causing our "disease".

Donna Vincent, NLC, Pn1

Leaky gut can cause anxiety. When we have an unhealthy gut, we cannot get adequate amounts of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is used by the brain and is converted into serotonin. Serotonin is important because it controls feelings of hunger, depression, anxiety, thirst and sleep. Tryptophan has also been found to be an important nutrient when it comes to immune system functioning. Serotonin is one of the four main neurotransmitters that are responsible for our mood. If our serotonin levels fall off we may experience anxiety and depression.

Jessie E Keener
I have spent my entire adult life learning how to be well and then doing it.

There is a connection because leaky gut, over ti;me, destroys the adrenal glands, causing an excess of Cortisol, the stress hormone. This bad boy needs to be controlled, or it causes massive inflammation all the way to the brain. Excess Cortisol causes blood sugar trouble, a leading cause of anxiety.Look into Cortisol regulating herbs such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, Holy Basil, etc.

Brain Balance Centers of Indianapolis

Hi Frankie. We work with children age 4-17, but lots of our children have leaky gut and other GI issues that are directly linked with their anxiety. There are many reasons for anxiety, but if this is something you have struggled with most of your life then it definitely could be developmental in nature. Do you also get startled easily? There is a primitive reflex called the Moro reflex that is found in infants but should be well gone by 12 months of age. Many of our kids still exibit this or other primitive reflexes, and this one, in particular, will cause you to live more in a 'fight or flight' response rather than a 'rest and digest' which should be the normal resting state. When this happens, and you are always on edge, and your brain will shunt blood to your extremities in order to respond with fight or flight, which takes blood flow and proper stimulation away from your gut and can lead to leaky gut over time. Hopefully, that helps, and there are some simple exercises you can do to work on inhibiting these primitive reflexes at home!

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