TPV Podcast, Episode 303: Are Certain Foods Causing My Anxiety?

Ep. 303: Are Certain Foods Causing My Anxiety?

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss the possible link between food and anxiety and other psychological issues.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 303: Are Certain Foods Causing My Anxiety?

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Welcome back, listeners- thanks for making through our super science-y sun-related podcasts.
    • Thank you all for your great feedback on our last two shows!
    • Sarah got a (minor) sunburn last week- oh the irony!!
    • Today’s topic hits home for both Stacy and Sarah.
      • Matt had crippling anxiety before going Paleo.
      • Sarah used to have panic attacks but hasn’t since going Paleo.
  • Listener Questions (7:15)
    • Lauren asks, “I recently went from strict paleo to trying dairy here and there in my diet. While strict paleo my anxiety and OCD practically disappeared. I no longer had panic attacks and the intrusive thoughts practically disappeared. Well.. upon adding dairy back into my diet I noticed within hours my anxiety and intrusive thoughts were at an all time high. I was extremely irritable with my husband (angry for absolutely no reason) and depression was the only way I could describe my mood. I cut out dairy and within 24 hours was back to feel almost myself again. So I’m curious what y’all have to say about the correlation between dairy and depression, anxiety, and other postpartum mood disorders. I’ve only found minimal research linking dairy and mood disorders, so I’m second guessing this huge link of my diet and my mood. With both kids births I was more lax with paleo after and looking back now notice that when I went more strict paleo my mood disorders got better. Is it really as easy as diet (in some cases)?”
      • Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals, so please seek medical advice if you need it. It is extremely important to not make changes to your medications without first consulting with your doctor.
      • Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders are extremely complex.
      • There is growing recognition that inflammation is part of the pathology for mood disorders.
      • Insulin Resistance has also been linked to neurological conditions.
      • When you look at the mechanisms that drive Insulin Resistance and inflammation, you can make the connection that changing diet may have an impact.
      • There is definitely a link between food allergies and anxiety and depression, especially in adolescents.
        • Food allergies have been linked to general anxiety, ADHD, and anorexia.
        • Allergies are very potent drivers of inflammation.
      • There is a robust collection of studies looking into non-Celiac gluten sensitivity.
        • Non-celiac gluten sensitivity often looks like:
          • GI symptoms, abdominal pain, bloating, bowel movement abnormalities.
          • Foggy brain, fatigue, headache, joint pain, carpal tunnel, skin symptoms like eczema, anemia, depression, and anxiety.
        • Studies have found a link between consumption of gluten-containing foods and onset of neurological symptoms like anxiety, depression, gluten psychosis.
          • There is also a possible link with Schizophrenia and Autism.
        • There are some researchers who suggest psychiatric patients should be screen for gluten sensitivity.
      • There is limited research looking at foods other than gluten.
        • Some researchers are suggesting mood disorders go back to a leaky gut.
          • Zonulin release in people with Celiac disease or Celiac risk genes.
          • High stress can cause leaky gut.
          • Being sedentary or over-exercising can impact gut health.
          • Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact gut health.
          • Not eating enough fiber can impact gut health.
          • Environmental toxics can contribute to poor gut health.
        • They suggest that leaky gut can lead to increase in IgG food sensitivity.
          • IgG food sensitivities increases inflammatory cytokines.
            • These cytokines stimulate inflammation throughout the entire body, including in the brain.
              • This inflammation in the brain is causing depression.
          • This opens up the possibility of managing mood disorders through food.
            • Identifying food culprits.
            • Having a metric for evaluating which foods are health or unhealthy.
            • A vegetable-rich, anti-inflammatory diet.
      • Microglial cells (inflammatory cells in the brain) are harder to turn of once they turn on.
        • Getting enough sleep.
        • Getting exercise.
        • Stress management and mindfulness.
      • We’re not super-human when we adopt a Paleo diet, as stress can trigger inflammation and inflammation in the brain as well.
        • This is why it isn’t as simple as just diet.
        • Combination of diet and lifestyle can be so powerful when it comes to managing mood disorders.
      • Unfortunately there aren’t any studies that combine looking at all these diet and lifestyle factors with mental health.
      • Stacy suffered with post-partum and post-nursing depression.
        • It took a lot of focus on sleep and nutrient-density to help her out of it.
        • It can feel lonely and dark and frustrating.
          • We’re here with you and supporting you if you’re going through this.
          • A good support system and/or therapist can be very helpful.
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  • Sarah has a large collection of articles on leaky gut, including a video-based course, find them here!
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