NAVIGATING THE NEW YEAR WITH ANXIETY
The Gut/Brain Connection
As we head into the new year, many people start to take an interest in their overall health which may cause increased anxiety. Holiday bills, back to school, and colder weather can all be stressors.
Anxiety is the number one reported symptom currently being complained about in the United States. Given that 90% of our feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in our gut, it’s no surprise that functional medicine research focuses on repairing gut health to treat anxiety and depression.
Think about the last time you had “butterflies” in your stomach, says Elizabeth Katzman, a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Health Coach. “That’s a perfect example of how our thoughts affect our bodies, but also how our gut and brains are connected. We can actually feel our thoughts from our brains, in our stomachs.”
By increasing gut health, we increase serotonin production and therefor decrease anxiety and depression.
Things like Elizabeth recommends drinking bone broth, taking glutamine, aloe, slippery elm, and marshmallow extract supplements can all help gut health. There are also many useful supplements, and natural healing remedies, but every “body” is different.
Elizabeth Katzman is a former lawyer turned health coach the, eventually a functional diagnostic nutritionist (FDN) who can speak on a variety of holistic health issues. Through her affiliations, she is able to connect on the latest testing and analysis for gut health, toxin loads, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, food sensitivities, hormones and more. Elizabeth then develops an actionable plan involving nutritional suggestions and supplements to move clients toward their goals.
Elizabeth is available for any interviews – view her site for more information on helpful health tips! https://justathawt.com/