Experiencing anxiety is more common than you think.
Think about the last time…
- You went to the hospital for a medical test.
- You gave a talk in front of a group of people, including some you didn’t know.
- You had to make a decision about a problem with no clear-cut solutions.
Any one of those situations are potentially nerve-wracking, but they tend to pass pretty quickly.
But, if you’re frequently avoiding situations that could create excessive worries, you may be dealing with an anxiety disorder, and that may be a real problem.
Many people — including health providers — turn to antidepressants like fluoxetine (Prozac) or escitalopram (Lexapro) or benzodiazepines like diazepam (Valium) or alprazolam (Xanax) to alleviate anxiety.
However, taking drugs (especially benzodiazepines) may create even more health challenges down the road.
Did you know taking better care of your gut health may be just as beneficial in treating anxiety?
The gut health solution
As you know, there’s plenty of evidence supporting the gut-brain axis, the connection linking your intestines, brain and emotions.
A new report by Chinese researchers, recently published in the journal General Psychiatry, reviewed a batch of studies, finding 21 studies that examined boosting gut health as a means to treat anxiety.
The success rate was excellent. Eleven of the 21 studies discovered improvements in anxiety symptoms by treating a patient’s gut health.
Interestingly, the results were split nearly down the middle with five studies finding success with probiotics and six studies treating patients through non-probiotic means such dietary interventions.
Of course, there were limitations, as most of the patients participating in these students were having problems with an array of health issues. Among the six studies that did examine gut health interventions to treat anxiety, four showed positive results.
Listed among the non-probiotic interventions was the use of short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), a natural prebiotic made from plant sugars and non-digestible starches. Additionally, FOS is one of the key ingredients in EndoMune Advanced Probiotic.
It’s important to remember prebiotics feed the good guys in your gut, but really do a lot more good when they’re part of an effective probiotic like EndoMune.
Drug-free treatments for anxiety
There are many things you can do treat anxiety that don’t require taking a drug:
All of these things have one important thing in common: Not only do they improve your overall health, they do wonders for your gut.
In addition to working on these healthier habits, be sure to take an effective probiotic like EndoMune, with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria, plus a prebiotic.