New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 


By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Depression is tricky for some people to cope with because there really is no general consensus on the origins of the illness — is it caused by an imbalance in chemicals in the brain? Or it is caused by the stress of emotional trauma? Is it a little bit of both? Debates rage on amongst scientists; however, a recent study could potentially explain what is going on in our bodies when we deal with depression.

According to researchers from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, bacteria in our own gut are able to produce neurotransmitters (chemicals like serotonin and dopamine that heavily affect our mood) and send them up to the brain. What’s even more interesting, is that this phenomenon is unique to bacteria in the human gut — bacteria outside of our microbiomes are not able to produce neurotransmitters. In people who have depression, the bacteria (Coprococcus andDialister)in the gut that produce neurotransmitters like dopamine are absent. Our microbiome could very well be partly responsible for mood disorders, so it is even more imperative to prioritize our gut health!

So what do you do to better fuel you brain and Improve your mood?

  1. Reboot your Gut Settings: Consider an easy-on-the body food Detox

Akasha’s soon to be launched RESET Program can get you there, email us at to learn more!

  • Decrease your animal protein intake. A plant-based diet is not only easier on the body but also has the ability to help your boy self detox. Akasha’s Nurse & Functional Nutritional Therapist, Amanda Miller, RN, M.S  can help you navigate an easy-to-follow plan
  • Consider assessing your genetic make up to determine if a mutation is making it harder for you body to eliminate toxins. Akasha Genetic testing expert, Jean-Marc Sobczyk, ND can guide you through it.
  • If you are a woman, your vaginal flora or silent urinary tract infections/candida can throw your whole microbiome off. Maggie Ney, ND and Bren Boston, MD of the Akasha Center Women’s Health Clinic can evaluate you. They will help you optimize your GYN care
  • And a physical examination with a comprehensive laboratory assessment is always the first step to make sure all parts of your system are equally addressed and enhance so that you can have the physical and emotional health that allows you to live a happy, productive and long life. For more info on how to schedule your visit, contact us at – or call us at (310) 451-8880


Dr. Edison de Mello is the founder and Medical Director of the Akasha Center For Integrative Medicine.

His signature approach to Integrative Medicine, “We Meet our Patients before We Meet their Disease,” is the foundation upon which the Akasha Center operates, gaining both national and International recognition. You can make an appointment with him or with any of the practitioners mentioned above by emailing us at or calling 310-451-8880.


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