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Positive Psychology: Optimize Your Microbiome & Rid Yourself of Depression

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: If you're feeling down, depressed, anxious, or have been having memory problems and brain fog, the cause could reside in your gut.
Air Date: 10/16/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Raphael Kellman, MD
Raphael-KellmanDr. Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet, is a pioneer in functional medicine who has a holistic and visionary approach to healing. In 17 years of practice, he has treated more than 40,000 patients, many of whom have come to him from all over the world and after suffering without help for years. 

Dr. Kellman is driven by his desire to alleviate suffering and to help people regain health based on a new vision and understanding of healing and the causes of disease. As a doctor trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Kellman uses the latest drugs and technology to treat specific diseases but his approach to medicine is patient- centered and holistic. He focuses on the complex interaction of systems — not just the disease but on you as a whole person who is greater than the sum of your parts.

Dr. Kellman’s treatments are informed by his background in the philosophy of science, and administered with compassion and kindness. Drawing on the latest research, he addresses your biochemistry, metabolism, hormones, genetics, environment, emotions, and life circumstances to help you achieve optimal health. 

Dr. Kellman attended received post-graduate training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and St. John’s Hospital, and conducted Cancer research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. He serves as Holistic Medical Director for Health Check in Bay Ridge, and Queens, and Medical Director for the New York Center for Addiction Treatment Services. He is also the author of three books included, The Microbiome Diet, Gut Reactions, and Matrix Healing.
Positive Psychology: Optimize Your Microbiome & Rid Yourself of Depression
If you're feeling down, depressed, anxious, or have been having memory problems and brain fog, the cause could reside in your gut.

According to Dr. Raphael Kellman, author of The Microbiome Diet, there is a direct connection between the trillions of bacteria in your gut and your brain.

This bi-directional line of communication between the gut bacteria and the brain works in conjunction with all the systems of your body.

By improving your gut health, you can keep the brain healthy, make it even healthier, and optimize cognitive health. You can even help heal numerous neurological issues. Many of the neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's) are also impacted by the gut.

Dr. Kellman says the best method for treating depression and anxiety is through the microbiome. Doing so not only reduces and eliminates symptoms of depression, but activates a positive psychology that you don't see with just using anti-depressants.

It will not happen overnight; it's a step-by-step process. Overall, however, you must improve the diet, and not just in the sense of reducing processed, packaged, refined foods... your diet has to be one cognizant of the microbiome. It's not just about what YOU want to eat, what does your microbiome want to eat?

The four fundamental steps for improving both gut and brain health, says Dr. Kellman, are the following:
  1. Remove the over-abundance of unhealthy bacteria.
  2. Start introducing microbiome superfoods (i.e. prebiotics).
  3. Heal the gut wall.
  4. Use targeted probiotics.
Listen in as Dr. Kellman joins Dr. Susanne to share more about improving "positive psychology" by optimizing your microbiome.