Has anyone managed to overcome IBS and/or anxiety (they're very closely linked, of course) with a ketogenic diet?
In my case, I have quite moderate-to-severe anxiety which tends to be aggravated by a consistently unhappy gut (and relieved when my gut seems happy), and I'm looking for ways to address this through dietary changes. The thinking is that if I can keep my gut happy, my anxiety will diminish somewhat. A few people have recommended reducing the carbs significantly, and focusing on fatty meats.
Would love to hear your story!
(On a side note, for those who eat are keto, what is your typical source of carbs?)
asked bywaldenpond (25)
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on April 21, 2014
at 06:11 AM
I found LCHF to be pretty chill, but it needs to be done in the context of an otherwise active and stress-free life. Transitioning into low carb can be a bitch while several adaptations take place, and this takes months of daily effort while pushing through to the other side. To pull it off safely, you really need to up the vegetables and fruit oils, imo. I've heard the argument that higher carbs is more relaxing. Somewhere just above ketosis with a good supply of MCTs would probably be nice, with an emphasis on consistently eating low glycemic index foods.
This is kind of an n=1 trick -- I find 25mg of niacin is usually enough to make me flush, especially on an empty stomach. However, if I'm feeling a little bit of nervous tension for seemingly no reason, I can pop a quarter of a 100mg tablet with some magnesium citrate and I don't usually flush, then I feel a bit more calm / relaxed / focused.
Bright sunlight and fresh air in the early morning and darkness at night helps to balance your cortisol rhythms. (If you find yourself on the computer in the middle of the night, you might want to check out f.lux. As a bit of an insomniac, I love this app.)
on April 20, 2014
at 02:13 PM
I highly recommend the book:
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia
on April 20, 2014
at 11:53 AM
I can't speak to curing IBS with keto, and I'm not prone to anxiety. That being said, I tend to be more anxious when I'm closer to keto. Check your thryoid, by the way. I went to a gastro, and most of my IBS symptoms resolved when I went back on Synthroid.