Reversing anxiety… in your gut!

Hopefully, after reading my previous article, you’re now convinced than anxiety is happening (much) more in your gut than in your brain. Great. And now you’re asking yourself: what can I do about it ? 

 Here is the magic spell: 

Prebiotics + Probiotics + Anti-inflammatory food + Breathing 

Prebiotics

Prebiotics is a rather barbaric name for the type of fiber that will nourish the good bacteria in your intestine. The best way to consume them? Green juice! 

Make yourself green juice (celery, spinach, cucumber, parsley, kale, broccoli…) every morning. Add an apple, lemon, ginger if you think it’s too bad. PS: you’ll get used to it with time and it should be seen as a medicine!

Probiotics

A study was done on mice (no comments) that were administered Lactobacillus-type probiotics. These mice demonstrated a reduction in intestinal permeability and restoration of microbiome functionality. These mice also produced lower amounts of stress hormones. 

Be careful to consume good quality probiotics! I recommend doTerra & Solgar formulas.

Anti-inflammatory food

Anti-inflammatory food excludes red meat, refined sugar, dairy products, gluten and alcohol (red wine is occasionally allowed). It is a vibrant, cheerful and lively way of eating. Eating in this way lightens the work of the intestine, which can then regenerate itself.

Breathing

Alternating breathing is a well-known exercise among yogis. 

One inhales through the right nostril. 

Exhale through the left nostril. 

Inhale through the left nostril.

Exhale through the right nostril. 

 

Inhale through the left nostril. 

Exhale through right nostril. 

Inhale through right nostril.

Exhale through left nostril. 

 

This is one round. Start by practicing 5 minutes of alternate breathing every morning and increase the practice time by 2 minutes each week until you reach 15 minutes. Starting at 15 minutes, alternate breathing reduces inflammatory levels in the body and thus helps the regeneration of the gut.  

Those are my not easy but simple and efficient pieces of advice to reduce anxiety. It reduces drastically when you change your lifestyle and start implementing those basic things. But you need to do them. And then, you need to stick to them. 

A wise man said:  “To succeed… you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” 

I urge you to find that something, to check in and find why you don’t want to be anxious anymore. And I encourage you to take action. 

Because as Tony Robbins says, “the path to success is to take massive, determined action”.

Now you know. Anxiety is not in your head. It’s in your body, especially in your gut. 

Rehabilitating the body to soothe the mind is my mantra. And I invite you to make it yours, too. 


Eat & breathe to support your gut and see the changes in your anxiety and emotions in the weeks to come. You got this!

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