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I have anxiety – when do I use GABA and when do I use tryptophan and how much of each do I use?
By Trudy Scott, Host of The Anxiety Summit, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution
When you have anxiety, it can be confusing trying to figure out the root cause. I like to start by assessing for low GABA and low serotonin because when you address low levels of these brain chemicals with the corresponding targeted individual amino acid (GABA for low GABA levels and tryptophan or 5-HTP for low serotonin levels) you typically see results very quickly and feel hopeful, and now have time to look for other root causes like gluten issues, high cortisol, gut issues, dietary changes etc.
But there is often still some confusion about when to use GABA and when to use tryptophan and how much of each of these amino acids to use.
In this eBook, I share a question I received from one of my wonderful blog readers and my response, so you will have a clearer understanding for yourself:
- Signs of low GABA anxiety and using GABA for taking away the anxiety physical edge
- My biggest GABA take-aways
- Some of the actual GABA products I recommend and use with clients
- Low serotonin type of anxiety and when to do a tryptophan trial
- The only brand of tryptophan that I recommend (and the 3 versions)
- The 3 brain chemical anxiety types and additional resources
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Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Certified Nutritionist
Author, The Antianxiety Food Solution
Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower anxious individuals worldwide about natural solutions for anxiety, stress and emotional eating. Trudy serves as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing transformations that start with the healing powers of eating real whole food, using individually targeted supplementation and making simple lifestyle changes.
She is known for her expertise in the use of targeted individual amino acids, the nutritional solutions for the social anxiety condition pyroluria, and the harmful effects of benzodiazepines. She works primarily with women but the information she offers works equally well for men and children.
Trudy also presents nationally to nutrition and mental health professionals on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients.
Trudy is past president of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She was recipient of the 2012 Impact Award and served as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors for many years. Trudy is a member of Alliance for Addiction Solutions and Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She was a nominee for the 2015 Scattergood Innovation Award and winner of the Go-Giver Mindshare award in 2018.
Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings (New Harbinger 2011) and host of The Anxiety Summit which has been dubbed “a bouquet of hope.”
Trudy is passionate about sharing the powerful food mood connection because she experienced the results first-hand, finding complete resolution of her anxiety and panic attacks.
For 40 years I have thought of food in only two ways: Food that makes you fat...and food that doesn't make you fat. I have finally begun to see the profound effect that food has on my emotions and over all happiness. This shouldn't shock me...but it does. And for the first time I am realizing that is what's most important! I am finally starting to think about how food "makes me feel" rather than how food 'makes me look'.
Trudy Scott is awesome! After years of dealing with my challenging health issues, and many other bright health care providers, Trudy was the one to give me relief and solutions. She gave me the hope of having a normal, healthy life again. I was ready to give up and Trudy changed my life. The breadth of her knowledge, resourcefulness, compassion and caring sets her apart. Trudy is a treasure.
“when GABA was introduced, the panic attacks disappeared”
“I also found that I have pyroluria so once I had introduced the nutrients I could stand up and speak in front of a crowd without having that terrible gut feeling and panic”
“I still am amazed at how quickly the panic attacks, binge eating, and mood swings disappeared.”
(she did the Amazing Aminos for Emotional Eating group program and saw anxiety, mood and emotional eating benefits)
At the end of the program: “It's hard now to remember how anxious I really was but I do know it was bad as I have my (food mood) logs to prove it!”
(she also did the Amazing Aminos for Emotional Eating group program and saw anxiety and emotional eating benefits)