Three years ago a therapist ascribed my depression to the Epstein-Barr virus. I gradually replaced my antidepressant drugs for natural products. Everything was going well but recently I had a relapse. What would you recommend? Where can I find more info about depression and gut health?

Two brains. Many researches confirm an ongoing communication between our two brains, the gut brain and the upper brain. Stress and anxiety can undermine our gut health, and digestion, irregular bowel motion, assimilation and bacterial imbalance issues affect our emotional state.

Bacteria of emotion. Our gut flora can play a key role in our mood, cognition and memory. The composition of this flora (most especially positive bacteria) depends on our diet and life style.

Probiotics. In cases of depression, I would recommend a concentrate probiotic supplement (of at least 20 billion bacteria per day) for at least six months, alternating different probiotics in order to diversify the flora. You may also include more fermented foods in your diet: kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, olives, etc.

Prebiotics. Increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking 1 or 2 fresh shakes, for instance, is easy and provides many nutrients and fiber.

Help to cleanse. Sometimes it can be useful natural draining and detox supplements for the liver and intestines: artichoke, dandelion, milk thistle, boldo, ginger, digestive enzymes …

A good nutrition. Other supplements provide essential nutrients for our mental health: amino acids, phosphatidylserine, glutamine, tryptophan, omega-3, vitamins D and B, soluble fiber (like psyllium), magnesium carbonate…

More info. You can read my book Pure Health (Salud Pura, available only in Spanish and published by La Esfera de los Libros).

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