Diet Tips Anxiety, Depression, Reflux and Sleep

Notes of this interview is from The Digestion Sessions

This is not a transcript but cliff notes I took. These are not your normal diet tips but medical reasons you may be experiencing difficulty losing weight and how to fix it. This interview gives you an idea of how a Functional Medicine Doctor would help you to heal compared to a traditional Western Medicine Doctor.

Dr. Shawn Soszka N.D. 

For some depression and anxiety is as simple as repairing your gut flora.

Food choices
State of mind when you eat and not chewing food properly
Lack of chewing equals lack of absorption, chewing activates stomach to get ready. Not chewing well It’s harder to know when your full and you tend to over eat.

Water (drinks) with food dilutes stomach acid, avoid 30 min before, during and up to 1 hour after.
Stomach acid breaks down protein into amino acids activating pepsin and tryptophan slowing down digestive system leading to acid reflux and fermentation. This causes mood issues and mineral deficiencies. Acid blocking drugs make it all worse and were designed for no longer than six weeks of use. Long term leads to mal-absorption of minerals which can lead to depression, osteoporosis and more. All from eating too many carbs – grains, soda and sugary foods. Soda has a huge impact on anxiety and depression.

H-Pylori infection releases chemicals that neutralize stomach acid. Need to test, 80% of people have it but different strains and some are not bad.
Bitters, apple cider vinegar, HCL all helpful for stomach acid.
H-Pylori symptoms include anemia, acid reflux and ulcers. A stool or blood test is done to check antibodies, the stool test is best.

Degree of acidity in food leaving stomach effects the small intestine triggering a good or sluggish response. Different sections of the small intestine absorb different minerals.
Stomach acid kills some bacteria, intestinal infections and candida. Low stomach acid sets the stage for bacterial overgrowth, low absorption of proteins, minerals and vitamins. Slows down digestion causing fermentation leading to leaky gut. Acid blockers cause inflammation, autoimmune response and infection that can lead to leaky brain causing mood issues, fatigue, depression and anxiety.

Treat for food sensitivities and do an elimination/anti-inflammatory diet of no gluten or dairy for 6 weeks. Must repair gut lining or taking away foods that you are sensitive to doesn’t help as you can now become sensitive to more foods without healing gut first.

Always test for infections. Medications cause leaky gut along with bacteria, infections and yeast.

Aloe and L-Glutamine good for healing the gut.

Parasites also greatly effect mood, salad bar good place to get parasites with the tongs as a possibility.

Colostrum works well to get pathogenic bacteria that have created a protective biofilm around themselves that antibiotics can’t touch. Pathogenic bacteria release toxins that get into the bloodstream that can effect mood, candida also.
Comprehensive stool test with 3 samples
Resolves skin issues and emotions
Parasites can live in muscles causing pain
Blood sugar greatly effected
Sleep issues by causing spikes in serotonin levels during the night that wake you up.
Serotonin and melatonin are effected by these problems leading to depletion of vitamins and minerals. Magnesium deficiency can cause insomnia.
Digestive enzymes help

Constipation causes toxins to re-absorb back into your system.
Healthy fiber feeds good gut bacteria.

1) optimize acid in stomach
2) repair gut
3) eliminate food sensitivities
4) correct bacterial issues
5) check absorption of vitamins and minerals
6) fix constipation, flow
7) fats very important, Omega 3’s, fat and cholesterol feed the brain. Animal sources of fish better than plants for those with compromised gut. NO bad oils vegetable/canola, high carb/low fat BAD.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause mood disorders, Vit D and selenium very important.

Dr. Soszka web page

To find a Functional medicine Doctor


Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.

M. Scherker medical researcher




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