TheBest Foods for Fighting Stress and Seasonal Affective Disorder, According to a Doctor

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Dr. Ian Smith says that a healthy gut can help you battle the winter blues.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, holiday shopping and for some, stress and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to Ian Smith, MD a gut health expert and bestselling author, your gut health is closely linked to these conditions.

“The connection between anxiety and the gut runs deep,” he says. “Distress or anxiety can trigger the immune system to send out signals to break down the gut lining. An imbalanced or damaged gut can then drive a chronic stress response, which stimulates our body to end fight-or-flight mode.” The result? More gut damage.

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