October 11, 2019 |

Can your diet reduce anxiety?

60% of an adults’ neurotransmitters are located in the gut, and 80% of children’s. The brain-gut link has been written about a lot over the past 10 years and we have made massive progress in that field.

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I tried a diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) which was also used to improve symptoms for children with autism. It has made me realize how strong the brain-gut link is. I spent hours researching diets, the microbiome, and this link. I came to realize that our mood,  our digestion, and our immune system are intertwined.

The SCD didn’t work for me, unfortunately, and it ultimately took me over the years to perfect my low-inflammation and gut health lifestyle – which I share on the Eat Burn Sleep platform.

The food you eat on a daily basis, your stress levels, the exercise you do massively impact your gut flora as well as your inflammation levels. Brain cells have been proven to get inflamed so if you suffer from anxiety or depression, living a low-inflammation lifestyle can help improve your symptoms.

An entire section of the Eat Burn Sleep platform is dedicated to mental wellness. 70% of our immune system (GALT – Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) is located in our guts as well as 60% of our neurotransmitters. Then, there is a very strong link between exercise and inflammation. Some forms of exercise are inflammatory when others are anti-inflammatory.

Our mind, our body, the way we move, the way we deal with stress, and the way we eat are all linked and all impact each other. All non-communicable diseases (responsible for 71% of deaths worldwide) are linked to chronic inflammation -hence to gut health, see the video on this topic on my youtube channel.

These include depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart attacks, auto-immune issues, psoriasis, asthma, diabetes, etc. It can sound overwhelming, and one might find it hard to start somewhere.

I have felt overwhelmed myself all these years ago, almost wanting to give up! But in a way, what saved me is the fact that my body wasn’t responding to medical treatment and I ended up at one point being kept alive with weekly blood transfusions. I had no choice but to find a solution to this, which I could apply to my daily life as a busy mum of two young boys!

I have come up with a simple lifestyle, which is achievable, sustainable, and has been yielding tremendous results for a growing number of people (check out the reviews here). I share it all on the Eat Burn Sleep platform, as well as regular exclusive content and new recipes.

I hope the Eat Burn Sleep platform helps you as it has helped me! Remember to look after yourself without over-obsessing. The Eat Burn Sleep lifestyle isn’t about perfection but about damage limitation.

Yalda x


Yalda is a globally-recognized gut health and inflammation expert and the founder of Eat Burn Sleep.

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