How to Overcome Skin Problems, Depression, and Low Energy

by Jordan Reasoner

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One of the most powerful lessons I ever learned as an engineer was that everything is a system.

We called it “Systems Thinking.”

It’s the idea that everything in a system is connected and every system has inputs and outputs.

Let’s take our bodies; there are many inputs… things like food, environmental toxins, water, stress, supplements, joy, happiness, love, etc.

There are even outputs, like how we feel, our poop, our skin, etc.

At a high level, our body is a very complex system. And like any system, we can change the inputs to get a desired change in the outputs.

What blew me away years ago was this: changing the inputs that influence the gut (things like food, stress, supplements, etc.) creates the most powerful change in the outputs (how we feel, symptoms, poop, etc.).

Changing the Inputs That Affect Your Gut Can Completely Rebuild Your Body

Nothing proved this to me more than when I changed my diet and the years of diarrhea stopped in just 7 days. 7 days after I changed my inputs, the outputs dramatically changed. Pretty amazing little system our body is, isn’t it?

So… with Leaky Gut Awareness Week heading towards a close, it’s time we started talking about how many critical parts of your body the gut is connected to.

Today’s clips are all about the gut-skin connection, the gut-hormone connection, and the gut-fertility connection and what we can do to change the symptoms that are driving us crazy.

Lesson 10: How Gut Inflammation Triggers Depression

What if inflammation in your gut could actually travel to your brain and cause depression? If you’ve struggled with depression and anxiety you’re going to want to join me for this interview with Dr. Emily Deans, where we go deep into the Inflammatory Cytokine model of depression and why a fire in your gut triggers a fire in your brain.

Get the rest of the interview with Dr. Emily Deans here.

Lesson 11: Why Leaky Gut Is Probably Causing All Your Skin Problems

What if your skin problems were actually a HUGE RED FLAG from your body that something was terribly wrong in your gut? What if it’s actually like your body screaming at you to help your gut. If you’re anything like I was and struggle with skin problems like acne and rosacea, you won’t want to miss this clip from an interview with one of our friends and mentors, Chris Kresser, L.Ac.

Chris goes into the specifics about the gut-skin connection and how leaky gut can actually make your skin break out with acne and other chronic skin conditions… let’s listen in.

Find out more about the gut-skin connection in the full interview with Chris here.

Lesson 12: The Gut-Hormone Connection Stealing Your Energy

Did you know there’s a direct correlation between how burned out your adrenals are and how damaged your gut lining is? This clip is from a recent interview I did with one of my mentors, Dr. Dan Kalish, one of the world’s best Functional Medicine Practitioners, where he shares the direct relationship between our gut and our hormones. If you’ve ever struggled with low energy, chronic fatigue, and hormone problems like PMS or low testosterone, you won’t want to miss this. Let’s listen in.

Get the rest of this powerful interview with Dr. Kalish here.

Today’s Action Step

Sometimes the most powerful way to keep moving forward is to look back and remember how far we’ve come. I had to do that just about every day during my healing journey.

There were so many times I wanted to give up or quit because I didn’t think I could make it anymore… but then I would remember how far I had come and that would be enough to get through another day.

Today’s exercise is all about how far you’ve come.

Think about one input you changed that completely improved your outputs (symptoms). This could be your diet or a supplement you took… or an infection you killed.

Then, leave a comment below and share that input with this community. It might just be the one input someone else needs to read today in order to get to the next level of health.

I’ll see you in the comments.

-Jordan

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Carey Alaska December 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Jordan, your words of wisdom very helpful for me today–thank-you for the encouragement. Diagnosed with SIBO in August. Seems like a long journey but there are many areas of significant improvement–brain fog diminishing, depression lifting, and bloated football stomach lessening. I know I have a ways to go but again it’s encouragers, like you, that continue to give hope and promise of better days ahead, peace!

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Elizabeth December 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I can’t express enough how thankful I am that you so generously share this life-changing info with us . Thank you !!!!

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diane December 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I paid the $47 for the Solving Leaky Gut interviews and wondered when it starts and will I be notified? And thank you so much for offerring this valuable information. diane

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Lori Jo Berg December 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

Hi Diane, thank you for reaching out! Please email us at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to assist you gain access to your package. We look forward to helping you today.

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Heidi December 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

20 spirulina tablets a day gives me loads of energy. 10 a day is not enough to notice much of a difference. Dosage is crucial.
Also, a good B complex helps greatly with mood issues, including post-natal depression. Again, dosage is crucial. If it’s not working you’re probably not taking enough.

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Rachel Tatner December 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

I’ve been on some form of healing diet for 3yrs now and I can look back and see a lot of changes for the better. Some setbacks that were actually me moving forward in the healing and just needed to be addressed.

I have PTSD, which is constant stress, stress, stress. You can imagine what that does to my body. But I have, recently, been able to go no meds!! When I was first diagnosed, I was on four different prescriptions. Over the years, I was able to slowly eliminate/lower the dosage one by one.

I do still take one anti-anxiety med as needed. (Which I discovered stopped my intestinal bouts of extreme pain that felt like my intestines were tight and taut like a clenched fist and wasn’t allowing food to flow through. The anti-anxiety med calms all that down within an hour or so, depending on how long I waited to take it.)

Anyway, I’d gotten my meds down to one antidepressant. I thought I would never be able to go off it. But, through a series of events, I ended up of an antidepressant for over a week before I realized and there was no difference!

The previous few months, I’d actually become unable to move. This after so much progress on my diet and being able to take my dog for a walk 3x a day and often around several blocks. I got to where I could even take him out once a day.

After I was off the antidepressant, the first thing I noticed was I had so much more energy. So I’m thinking my body just really didn’t need it anymore and the medicine was now working against me.

It took over a month for withdrawal from the antidepressant I’d been on for ages to calm down (crying over everything) but the second one I’d been put on was evidently not doing anything except make me gain weight. That’s when I was off it for a week and didn’t notice a difference.

It’s taking my body a while to get back up to speed but then, I’ve just moved between states (very stressful) and I was off my diet for only a few days (noticed the diff right away) and I’m having to recover from that.

I’d say getting off a medicine I thought just would never be possible is a major victory! I do want to stress that I’d been on some type of healing diet (Candida/GAPS/Paleo) for about 3yrs before this was possible. You *have* to give your body time to heal before you can expect the bigger victories.

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