GABA & Tryptophan: Gut-Anxiety Connectionswith Trudy Scott, CN

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What you'll learn from this expert talk:

  • Low serotonin: fear, overwhelm, gut motility and anorexia
  • Low GABA: physical tension, gut and rectal pain, burning mouth
  • Blood brain barrier, phenibut, candida and CBD

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Trudy Scott, CN

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is known for her expertise in the use of targeted individual amino acids, nutritional solutions for the social anxiety condition called pyroluria, and the harmful effects of benzodiazepines.

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 and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals, and dubbed “a bouquet of hope”. Trudy also educates health professionals via the Anxiety Nutrition Institute, sharing research and practical how-to steps.


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  • Trudy Scott says:

    Thanks for tuning into my interview “GABA & Tryptophan: Gut-Anxiety Connections.” We’d love to hear your feedback and what gems stood out for you. Feel free to post your questions too. I will be responding after 3pm PST/6pm EST

    • Marianne Dean says:

      I loved the entire interview!! I have a question about GABA. I’m tapering off Klonapin with Valium. I have quick silver liposomal GABA with l-theanime. Can I use it safely in a taper? Not sure if I feel worse or better. My head does feel weird after I take it. Lol. It may be me.

      • Trudy Scott says:

        Hi Marianne
        Glad you loved the interview! I use GABA and other nutrients like melatonin, niacinamide, tryptophan with clients who are tapering benzodiazepines and they help especially when someone is nutritionally sound before starting their very slow taper. Feeling weird could mean it’s too much and some folks tapering do have a challenge using certain nutrients

    • Jill says:

      I’m taking Gabapentin for Small Nerve Fiber Neuropathy. I’m also taking Duloxetine for depression. Can I add GABA for my gut/anxiety issues?

    • Marjo says:

      Thanks Trudy for great info. Would GABA also help with burning feet not just burning mouth? Or do you know of anything that helps with burning feet (that interfere with sleep)? Thanks.

      • Annette Reeder says:

        Interesting comment – I used to have burning feet and when you wrote this realized I don’t any more. Using a product that helps the body create GABA. Glad you shared.

      • Trudy Scott says:

        Marjo
        I haven’t had anyone report that GABA helps with burning feet doing a trial would be worth it especially if someone has other low GABA symptoms. l can share that dietary oxalates can be a factor a with burning feet that interfere with sleep because it’s something I’ve experienced personally

        Be sure to listen in to these interviews to hear more about oxalates: my collagen interview (I share about my foot pain), and interviews with Dr. Kharrazian, Carolyn Ledowsky, Donna Gates and Julie Matthews, Dr. Michael Murray

      • RMF says:

        Marjo as someone who has had diabetic neuropathy for 10+ years, even though no longer diabetic, the pain is constant every night. I take Liposomal Gaba with L-Theanine but the most helpful is CBD ointment for the neuropathy.

      • Larry says:

        Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate)deficiency can cause burning feet. Check out Dr. Peter Osborne’s video on B5 deficiency.

    • Bill says:

      Is there a website where I can take the symptom test you talked about, to see if I should be taking GABA or Tryptophan? Thanks

    • Valerie says:

      My 22 yr old daughter has hashimotos and takes cytomel and synthroid, and also has add. She has required ritalin to focus to be able to concentrate for work or school for years. She wants to get off ritalin and I would like her to try a more natural intervention. She has alot of fear about change and is experiencing alot of anxiety. How can we initiate change for her?

    • Bill says:

      Will your responses be posted for us to see along with the comments?

    • Laura says:

      Trudy, thank you so much for such an amazing and invaluable info you presented about amino acids. My husband is a long term user of Temazepam 30mg every night for sleep disorder. How can we safely and effectively taper him off of Temazepam and maintain him on amino acids?

      • Trudy Scott says:

        Laura
        I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (and we always work with their prescribing doctor who may or may not be familiar with amino acids and nutritional approaches).

        This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids based on their needs.

    • Conrad says:

      My daughter has suffered from ocd for years.Do these amino acids help with ocd?

      • Trudy Scott says:

        Conrad
        With OCD I start with serotonin support, GABA may help if GABA is low too. We also consider gut health/microbiome, low B12 (tune in to Dr Edward Group’s interview) and gluten (covered in my Simple Solutions interview). Also OCD is covered in Joette Calabrese’s homeopathy interview

        And PANDAS/PANS always needs to be ruled out too

    • Brigitte Otto says:

      Thank you for this informative interview. A lot of what was brought up applies to me. I assume I have a low serotonin level. I’m also electro-sensitive. I gave up cell-, cordless-phone and tablet use years ago and have a wired computer now. But cell-phone antennas on a neighbor building’s roof are torturing me. Since they are not going anywhere, I don’t think I can successfully address all my problems including those that are anxiety- and gut-related. I’m very afraid the situation might get worse instead.

    • Hi Trudy. Really good talk. I have clear signs of GABA deficency and also have many genetic variants in genes connected to GABA- glutamate. When I take GABA or supplements like herbs that are supposed to increase GABA I get typical glutamate symptoms (that I also get from fex glutamine). I guess it is from my genetics where I have risk fro high glutamate, a normal conversion of GABA to glutamate but a very limited conversion of glutamate back to GABA. Have you heard of this issue before and how would you tackle it? Would love it if you brought this up as a topic sometime. Love your work!

      • Trudy Scott says:

        Josefin
        I always start with these questions – what are the signs of GABA deficiency, how much GABA was used and what were the effects? if it’s increased anxiety, racing heart, insomnia, flushed, light-headed then it’s often too much GABA or not a need for GABA but some other root cause

        If it seems to be low GABA and the smallest amount has an adverse effect I’d want to know if these is past/current use of benzos or fluoroquinolone antibiotics, Lyme, heavy metals, TBI, mold exposure etc

        And then we’d consider genetics

    • Shannon says:

      Loved it! You’re knowledge and expertise is top notch bar none. Took away a lot of good information from you’re interview!
      Shannon

  • Nancy Harris says:

    please state the name of the Gaba sublingual you recommend.

  • Keri says:

    Wonderful interview! I know I’m probably low on Gaba. How long should you stay on Gaba, should it only be used short term?

  • HOW MUCH GABA for relief? How much Tryptophan for relief? We need specifics!

    • Jean says:

      If you go to her website she talks about this! But offhand gaba start with 200 mg and work up according to how you feel. She recommends gaba calm which I believe is 100 mg

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Jeanne
      It differs based on each person’s unique needs and we determine it by doing a trial after looking at low GABA symptoms and low serotonin symptoms (and the precautions)

      With GABA I typically start with 125mg and tryptophan 500mg. If someone is very sensitive we may start with 1/10 this amount

  • Suba Krishnan says:

    Trudy, thanks so much for this valuable information. I want to know if
    GABA/tryptophan treatment could be applied for my 12 year-old daughter. Her
    diagnosis is Autism caused by a genetic factor, Fragile X disorder. Her condition
    is inherited from me, a FragileX carrier. She has deficits with motor and
    speech/language skills, and also sensory processing issues. But our main
    concern is her overwhelming anxiety, which could be triggered by noise, crowds,
    being in social settings and other sensory issues . Do let me know if its possible
    to replace her current treatment with ‘zoloft’ anti-depressant with the more
    targeted GABA treatment. Thanks again for hosting this summit!

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Suba
      I’ve had great success using the the amino acids with children with ASD. When they are non-verbal mom just observes their behavior and how they respond in crowds etc. We also look into pyroluria which is common in ASD. And of course addressing gut health and diet goes without saying

  • Cecilia says:

    Tuning in from Denmark. Been dealing with severe anxiety nearly all my life (39 y). Found no effect with CBD, but ordered 5HTP and Tryptophan, and will now add Gaba. Here’s to hope! Would you recommend starting with just one and do a trial, then another or add another to 5HTP for instance? Thank you.

  • Nancy says:

    Where do I find the survey for GABA and tryptophan?

  • DIVANA SHANTI says:

    [“Absolutely, no practitioner or individual should be (re)commending any kind of therapy/treatment they have not (ex)perienced themselves. Thanks for mentioning this important fact.”]

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Divana
      Although my anxiety/panic attacks story and experience with amino acidss/diet/gut/health/adrenal issues/toxins/infections etc helps me immensely when working with clients, whatever you heard me say it was not intended to come across this way for all practitioners. There are many incredibly smart and compassionate practitioners who recommend approaches they have not tried themselves

  • Sue says:

    Thank you so much for this information. So many great things stood out for me. I had a bulging disc in my neck last year & was prescribed high doses of Gabapentin. Thankfully the disc has receded & I am in the process of tapering off the prescription med. I was also prescribed Clonazepam for sleep & anxiety (.5mg at night) which I know I need to stop but am working on the Gabapentin wean first. In the last 4 months of this wean (it has not gone well as first Dr. had me weaning way too fast), I have had racing heart, GERD issues with hiatal hernia (most likely due to physical stress posture), occasional unwanted thoughts, & some depression (feeling sadness & no energy but not suicidal). I am working with an addictions Dr. now to help with wean but his solution was to put me on Zoloft (I didn’t want to do this but thought maybe it was necessary). After 2 days, the GERD, & strange dreams were unbearable so I stopped taking it. He asked me try it again a month later. One day on it & the same thing happened so I stopped & told him I just can’t take do it. This talk gives me hope that there are other, more natural ways to help myself. Questions:
    1. I am curious if taking GABA & tryptophan will help me wean off Gabapentin & Clonazepam? If so, would the doses need to be adjusted while weaning or is it better to wean first, then begin taking natural forms of GABA & tryptophan?
    2. If GABA is a natural “muscle relaxer” (as you said it helps with rectal spasms), would this also relax the lower esophageal sphincter which may be causing my hiatal hernia?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Sue
      Glad this talk gives you hope! I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (we always work with their prescribing doctor). This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids based on their needs.

      I haven’t heard of GABA relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter but it’s possible

  • marie says:

    I am on clonazepam .5 for anxiety. Can I try GABA while I taper off; are there interactions. Same as question as above.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Marie
      I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (and we always work with their prescribing doctor). This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids and other nutrients based on their needs.

      That being said there are many folks who have a very challenging time tapering.

      http://benzobuddies.org/ and https://www.benzoinfo.com/ are good resources but you will hear advice not to use nutrients to support a taper.

  • Eve says:

    Hi from the UK. Great interview! I’m currently taking pregabalin for anxiety which isn’t working anymore plus I suffer from depression. I’m starting to decrease the medication with support from my doctor. I tried CBD but found that it made me feel even more anxious.
    How often do you recommend to take GABA, Trytophan and L- Theanine and what dosage do you recommend to begin with? And do I try one at a time or all three, I just don’t know where to begin. Thank you 🙂

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Eve
      Glad you enjoyed it! It differs based on each person’s unique needs and we determine it by doing a trial after looking at low GABA symptoms and low serotonin symptoms (and the precautions)

      With GABA I typically start with 125mg and tryptophan 500mg. If someone is very sensitive we may start with 1/10 this amount.

      I have my clients do one at a time so we know which one is working.

      I have a chapter on all in this in my book “The Antianxiety Food Solution”, cover this in many blog posts and am offering the GABA Quickstart https://theanxietysummit5.com/checkout/?product=addon_1 during this summit

  • Devon says:

    We have been using GABA for about a year now and love it. Even my 9 yr old loves it. I learned so much more today. Thank you. You also helped me understand why I was wired when I took 5HTP. I do notice when I take GABA before bed I wake up at 3am. Any thoughts on that? Thanks so much!

    • Eddie says:

      What product do you use? My son can not yet swollow pills, so a chewable would be great.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Devon
      So glad to hear! Which GABA product helps?

      With 3am waking I would look at the ingredients in the GABA product, low blood sugar, parasites, high cortisol, hormonal imbalances, low serotonin, low melatonin, EMFs, SIBO.

  • DIVANA says:

    [“Nearing the end of this first video GABA & Tryptophan and certainly agree to try amino acids first. Couldnt help but laugh when Trudy rec. opposite of what another practitioner might rec., in doing other things first, confirming once again we have been caught up in a (re)versed system. Glad its going away.”]
    [“Injoyed the talk and sharing done, appreciating all who had a part in bringing this forth for all to learn more. TY!”]

  • diana says:

    I heard in a Cancer Summit that glutamine should not be taken by anyone with cancer. Does that apply to any of the other amino acids you recommend? Thank you so much. I think anxiety is growing because there is so much mold everywhere but people don’t realize it…and Dr Klinghardt said Wifi makes mold grow stronger.

  • Sally says:

    My 16-year-old granddaughter has been put on Prozac for her anxiety related to school issues. Can GABA be given to her even though she was on Prozac. Her mother is a nurse practitioner and believes in Traditional Western medicine.

  • Gail says:

    My grandson has very severe anxiety. What food should supply GABA? He does not take anything

    • Esther Samsom says:

      oily fish( salmon , trout, mackerel),Broccoli, Banana’s Almonds, Walnuts, Spinach, wholewheat bread, oatmeal.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Gail
      All sources of protein provide amino acids including GABA. I also focus on removing foods that can increase anxiety – gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar, and addressing gut health so be sure to tune into other interviews

  • MaryEllen says:

    Trudy, I really enjoyed your talk today. I noticed on your questionnaire listed was “burning mouth”. That is what I have or burning tongue with sometimes a metallic feel to it. I didn’t hear it mentioned today. My MD says it’s related to my GERD but I wonder. Can you help me?

  • Joanne Smith says:

    Great interview Trudy! Very informative with updated and relevant research!! It gives practitioners another tool by which to install hope in those we serve. Looking forward to the next speaker. Thank you!!

  • Kimberly says:

    Thank you for all of the amazing practical information you shared. I love your insistence that there are things we can do now that will help immediately! Are there any blood tests or other lab work ups that can measure our levels of serotonin, GABA, Tryptophan, 5HTP, etc and if so, what are the names of those tests?

    • Susan says:

      Would love to know how low my serotonin is as have been experiencing depression anxiety ocd from glandular fever chronic fatigue syndrome and have started taking antidepressants for depression as I was very low and very sad ! Very interested in My Serotonin levels and how to raise my levels! Also need to fix my gut digestive health issues. Thankyou xx 🥰🤗💟💟💟

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Kimberly
      So glad you enjoyed it and the amino acids are amazing that way

      I use the symptoms questionnaire and trials of the amino acids. The questionnaire is in my book “The Antianxiety Food Solution”, on my blog here https://www.everywomanover29.com/blog/amino-acids-mood-questionnaire-from-the-antianxiety-food-solution/ and in the 34 page guide called “Amino Acids 101 for anxiety and gut health” that is a registration gift for the summit

      I don’t do urinary neurotransmitter testing. Platelet testing is the most accurate and some OAT markers can be helpful but the questionnaire and trial works the best

  • joanne says:

    straight Gaba seemed to make my son more anxious. our homeopath said we would have to build up his gaba from the precursors. Do you agree that gaba can be raised without gaba itself?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Joanne
      I find high doses of GABA can make someone more anxious and start with 125mg for adults and much lower in children for this reason

      Yes, precursors (and diet and addressing gut health etc) can help but take longer

  • Lucinda says:

    Would GABA possibly help essential tremor/s?

  • Patricia Hansen DC says:

    What do you feel about liposomal delivery for GABA?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Patricia
      I have yet to compare liposomal delivery vs sublingual GABA (non-liposomal) and haven’t had clients report back that one is superior to the other. That said I have not used liposomal much because sublingual works so well

      What have you found?

  • Jacqueline K says:

    I am going to start out with 5 HTP because I have/do suffer from SIBO. I hope I can rebuild my gut Serotonin levels so it can fight the SIBO.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Jacqueline
      With regards to SIBO, 5-HTP and serotonin support is one aspect. The other important SIBO work needs to be done and Dr. Siebecker and Shivan cover all this in their SIBO interviews. Many of the other interviews are applicable too – like the vagus nerve, castor oil, bile

  • Adelia Hitt says:

    If Gaba works with parkinsons adhd pms can it mean that there is leaky gut present also..

  • Diane says:

    Great information, thank you. Where can a person find info on tapering off things like Wellbutrin and Prozac using these approaches?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Diane
      I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (and we always work with their prescribing doctor). This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids and other nutrients based on their needs.

      That being said there are many folks who have a very challenging time tapering.

      http://benzobuddies.org/ and https://www.benzoinfo.com/ are good resources but you will hear advice not to use nutrients to support a taper.

  • Paul Holcroft says:

    Awesome informational interview… thank you Trudy.

  • Luisette says:

    Which is the name of the trytophan product please?

  • Renee M Mohr says:

    which brand of GABA & Tryptophan doe you use? I know you mentioned GABA Calm?

  • Kerri says:

    Hi Trudy, Just watched your video and really enjoyed it – I knew next to nothing about this and found it so informative and empowering! I am looking at giving these to my two kiddos, age 11 and 7 who have challenges with attention, impulsivity and some anxiety. I am wondering about dosage – would you start with 25mg each day? Or would you give 25mg 3x per day, as you indicated in your free download, so 75mg in all to start? Thank you!

  • Liz Marshall says:

    Super interview. Thanks so much.

  • julie says:

    excellent presentation! are there any renal contraindications for suggested dosage of tryptophan, gaga or theanine?

  • Marianne Anderson says:

    how do you heal GABBA receptors ? ive been on a high dose of Klonopin for 7 years. I dont know how to do a proper taper and can not find a doctor to help me 🙁

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Marianne
      I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (and we always work with their prescribing doctor). This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids and other nutrients based on their needs.

      http://benzobuddies.org/ and https://www.benzoinfo.com/ are good resources but you will hear advice not to use nutrients to support a taper. I do find the above approach useful for many folks. That being said there are many folks who have a very challenging time tapering.

  • Maureen Eaton says:

    Wonderful session. Thankyou Trudy. I really need to know how this information can be used to help with the severe withdrawal symptoms experienced by people tapering off Benzodiazapines please. eg: would taking a GABA supplement be good or bad because the Benzos also work on the GABA receptors?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Maureen
      I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper (and we always work with their prescribing doctor). This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids and other nutrients based on their needs.

      http://benzobuddies.org/ and https://www.benzoinfo.com/ are good resources but you will hear advice not to use nutrients to support a taper. I do find the above approach useful for many folks. That being said there are many folks who have a very challenging time tapering.

  • Leanna says:

    Thank you for the helpful info! What are your thoughts about pharma-gaba? I have read that pharma-gaba is much more effective than regular gaba.

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi there –
    I was wondering if these amino acids work on healing gut infections that cause anxiety (such as Klebsiella oxytoca overgrowth?).

  • yasmin says:

    how long does one have to take GABA in order to see results?

  • Laraine says:

    How much GABA to take?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Laraine

      It differs based on each person’s unique needs and we determine it by doing a trial after looking at low GABA symptoms (and the precautions)

      With GABA I typically start with 125mg and we increase based on the response. If someone is very sensitive we may start with 1/10 this amount

      I have a chapter on the amino acids in my book “The Antianxiety Food Solution”, cover this in many blog posts and am offering the GABA Quickstart https://theanxietysummit5.com/checkout/?product=addon_1 during this summit

  • Rosemarie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. Do you have any thoughts on using GABA for type 1 diabetes?

  • Sona Seaton says:

    Thank you for taking about phenylbute. I have been taking it and wondered why I was having withdrawal. Can you suggest a titration schedule? I was only taking about 200 mg Of it as a proprietary blend of taurine and 4 amino 3-phenylbutyric acid Hci. Or refer me to an article about it?
    Thanks so much
    Sona

  • Kimberly says:

    Hi Trudy. Thank you for a great interview. Ken GABA and tryptophan be used with medication such as Nuvigil and Rozerem? I’m also asking for a different person, And those amino acids be used with Valerian root, melatonin and trazodone? Thank you!

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Kimberly
      When someone is on many medications it’s best to work with a knowledgable practitioner and the prescribing doctor. There are contraindications with tryptophan/5-HTP and SSRIs

      I have a chapter on the amino acids in my book “The Antianxiety Food Solution” which is a good resource to share with the prescribing doctor who may or may not be familiar with them.

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! As many are wondering, is there any contraindications with trialing GABA, Tryptophan, 5-HTP while on benzodiazopines (Ativan as needed for breakthrough anxiety) and daily buspirone? SSRI’s? I have asked my pharmacist, who says he doesn’t have resources on pharmaceuticals and supplements/herbs. My doctor doesn’t seem to know and blanketly says not to try them while on pharmaceuticals. What is your opinion and observations?

  • Jackie says:

    Love the Anxiety Summit! Such great, practical information!
    Are tryptophan, 5-HTP, and/or GABA safe to take during pregnancy?
    Lactation?

  • Caley says:

    Trudy,
    Thank you for this helpful information. I have SIBO and POTS and am wondering about the side effects of GABA and Tyrosine. You mention that GABA can affect blood pressure – would it be bad for me to take it if I already struggle with having low blood pressure? I also have severe migraines with an aura and am wondering if tyrosine would make my migraines worse? Thanks!

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Caley
      I do a trial with GABA when someone has low blood pressure and adjust or stop based on response.

      Tyrosine can make migraines worse so again a trial would be the approach to take.

      Keep in mind low serotonin can be a factor with migraines (one of many factors) so we also consider this

  • Tricia says:

    Trudy, you provide an amazing wealth of knowledge! Thank you for this summit. I only wish I would have seen the previous ones.

  • Kirsty says:

    Thanks for the info! Im in Australia & have been on medication for around 18yrs for anxiety/panic attacks. I have tried several times to wean off them but cant seem to do without them. Two years ago I developed Graves disease so am on meds for that also. I am a sound therapist (I work in the energetic fields) and have been working on clearing blocks in my energy & getting to the underlying causes. Recently I went 4months without meds for either condition but have found I needed to go back to them. Just wondering what you would recommend to support me while I work through the layers other than taking prescription medicine? Currently on Sertraline & Carbimazole. Cheers

  • Thushara De Niese (Shara) says:

    Thanks Trudy for helping helpless people like us. I really appreciate your generosity. You are god sent for me at this time because I stopped 60mg Cymbalta from 2002 onwards and came down to 30mg and then from there was tapering off for an year and last Wednesday I actually managed to stopped it completely. Praised god. I started taking 5HTP 50mg only at night, L-theaning 100mg twice a day, and L-tyrosine 3 times a day. I was experience severe chest pain like electric shock few times. I suffer from acid reflux and wondering if I should cut down the dosage of tyrosine and L theanine. Dr said I should continue with Esomeprazole for gastric and acid reflux. Can long should a person continue these amino acids? Is it bad to use them in a long run. I mean few years. Appreciate your answer very much.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Thushara
      I have clients use the amino acids based on a trial and do one at a time until the ideal amount is found. They can be used reasonably long term but the goal is to address why neurotransmitters are low and fix diet, quit gluten, heal the gut etc

      Keep in mind that electric zaps are not uncommon while tapering psych meds

  • sam says:

    Hi Trudy

    Thank you. I’m loving your summit. My question is actually about how one goes about finding supplements that are reputable and work. Here is South Africa we don’t have access to Lidtke (which I see you recommend)and there are so many brands flooding the market at such different prices and probably quality that it is overwhelming and how does know one where to start? I’d appreciate your feedback on this.

    Kind regards
    Sam

  • Magda Dekker says:

    This was very informative as I am a Biofeedback Specialist. Thank you for sharing.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Thanks Magda – appreciate the feedback. I’m curious if you find that biofeedback helps folks doing benzodiazepine and SSRI tapers? And specifically those that have a challenging time with nutrients?

  • Sheila says:

    I loved your interview and gained a lot of information. I will be getting your book and working on reducing my anxiety and depression. Thank you!

  • Meryem Ghazal says:

    What brand did you say you use for children? My child has autism and he is super anxious and inflexible.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this great information!

  • Amy Yarbrough says:

    Thank you so much for this summit Trudy. I look forward to the social anxiety talks because my brother in law has crippling issues with this and no longer comes to any family or friend stuff anymore, with my sister.
    I was wondering, I have a 13 year old boy, who, even if he says he likes the food, will take a long time to eat, and he acts like eating is so dreadful. He used to cry at meal times. He cannot explain it to me, but denies pain or discomfort. I think maybe he doesnt know what normal is. He used to be tall for his age as a kid, now looks small compared to other peers. Any ideas on him?

  • Margaret says:

    Did not manage to get a transcript of your talk on Tryptophan & Gaba & missed the amino acids recommendations suggested. I personally think I have bad Candida & anxiety. Suffer from A. Fib & can imagine the vagus nerve is involved. Have A.Fib.On Apixaban, Dronederone & Candesartan for heart problem with low sodium into the bargain. Would any of your suggested Aminos interact with these. NHS doctors do not understand & only want to prescribe more drug therapies.Advice would be appreciated
    @ recommended suppliers in the the U.K
    Thank you

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Margaret
      The transcript of this talk (and all the other transcripts) are available with the purchase of the summit.

      I would not feel comfortable working with a client on these medications unless their prescribing doctor gave approval to use the amino acids.

      Since it’s not recommended to use Apixaban with SSRIs I would not expect the doctor to approve the use of tryptophan (https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2017/december2017/oral-anticoagulants-and-nsaids-ssris-or-snris)

      Since Candesartan is for high blood pressure, tyrosine would need to be carefully watched if used, and again only used with approval by the prescribing doctor.

      Best would be to find a functional medicine practitioner to guide you and focus on dietary changes and the microbiome/gut health

    • Abha says:

      Hello Margaret,

      I am just responding to the suggestion made by Trudy on finding a functional doctor/Nutritionist.

      I was based in London up until recently and have been working with Emma Vanlint who is a great functional medicine practitioner @ The Nutritional Therapy Clinic. I will totally recommend her Incase you wanted to take that route. Hope this helps. She is very knowledgeable and hears you out and gets you to do the appropriate tests to figure out the root cause.hope this helps.

      Thanks
      Abha

  • Loretta says:

    Thank you for this wonderful information. You mentioned another talk in this series about the vagus nerve. What was the name of the expert and what day is that on?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Loretta
      Thanks for the feedback. It’s Dr Navaz Habib and it’s “Vagus Nerve Activation to Reduce Anxiety” on day 6/Nov 16. Enjoy! We also talk about the vagus nerve in my interviews with Dr. Kharrazian and Dr. Bongiorno

  • tia tremills says:

    Hi Trudy, are there any contraindications with using Serotonin,GABBA, Dopamine,Tryprtophan etc.? Are idividuals able to continue with the required amino acid/s indefinitely without any issues, if this is necessary?

  • Abha says:

    Hello Trudy,

    I have been reading your book and listening to you anxiety submit ( I have already purchased it because I think I always want to have it with me as it’s that good plus I keep rearing the anti anxiety food book. I am already taking GABA(1500mg) and L-Theanine(600mg) nightly alongside amitrityline 10mg ( I started with this for sleep issues) eventually I want to start tapering off it slowly like reducing the dosage by 1mg per month. What more can I add to my supplements at night to make the tapering easy on me.

    Thanks

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Abha
      I have my clients get nutritionally sound before starting any medication taper. This could mean addressing gut health, quitting caffeine/sugar/gluten and the addition of amino acids and other nutrients based on their needs.

      We always work with their prescribing doctor to figure out a taper schedule and switch meds to the morning before adding tryptophan or 5-HTP for serotonin support so it can be used 6 hours from the medication. Melatonin often helps too

      • Abha says:

        I am working with My GP here in singapore and I have my functional medicine Nutritionist based in London who has been helping me with bringing my gut in the right place first and then addressing the many hormonal/adrenal issues I am facing besides anxiety and sleep issues.

        My nutritionist has already asked me to be gluten/dairy/sugar free for my gut dysbiosis and pcos issues. Plus GABA, L-Theanine have been added to my nightly regime. The issues is that whilst Amitriptyline is taken nightly before sleep to help with sleep issues so how could I be taking it in the evenings or mornings. And then add on tryptophan and or 5htp – can you through some light around this ? Can I instead be adding 5htp and tryptophan in the morning and early evening times and give a GAP of 6 hrs in between them and amitriptyline.

        I cannot really thank you enough coz it’s your book and your suggestions which have made a difference and made me dive into sooo much more and know more on my issues around anxiety, good foods and my hormonal issues and about Amino acids.

        Thanks
        Abha

  • Tanya says:

    Hi, here in New Zealand GABA cannot be purchased, what do you recommend to take instead to increase GABA stores within?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Tanya
      I believe you can purchase powdered GABA from sports nutrition stores. Bioceuticals also carries a powder. If you can’t get either, taurine helps and so do precursors like zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium

  • Mary says:

    What brand of Amino Acids do you recommend is best to help anxiety?
    Thank you

  • Mary says:

    Would a homeopathic doctor be able to help me with choosing what amino acids I may need after examing me? My regular doctors do not recommend me using amino acids or any out of prescription medicine.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Mary
      Homeopaths don’t work with amino acids so no. Please see my comment above

      If you are interested in working with a homeopath I recommend tuning into Joette Calabrese’s interview on homeopathy

  • Mary says:

    Listening to your anxiety summit, I have learned a lot about anxiety.
    Since I have low thyroid and anxiety would a homeopathic doctor be
    a good place to go to find out how my anxiety & Gerd symptoms are
    all a part of having low thyroid.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Mary
      I focus on nutrition, nutrients and gut health and always start there as I feel it’s the foundation for everything. I refer my clients with low thyroid to a nurse practitioners or functional medicine doctor but keep in mind diet and lifestyle can have an impact too.

  • Sue Habermann says:

    Great information! I have Crohns disease and have had a bisection of both small and large intestine. I have learned through that I just don’t absorb as I have in past. I went 6 years w/Doctors(3 gastro-idiots) not diagnosing B12 deficiency until I started demanding specific tests (6 years). I finally went to a hematologist. My B12 level was 175 at that time so you can imagine how it affected me. Since then I research deficiencies and go from there. I kept saying throughout video – that’s me. Thank you!

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Sue
      Glad you resonated with this interview. I find using sublingual amino acids or opening the capsule to be most effective when there are absorption issues.

      Glad you advocated for yourself and found your B12 issue – that is low!

  • Mary says:

    How do you spell “petmade”?? that you mention on your summit. It sounds
    like petmade, but when I checked it out the web came up with information regarding pets.
    Thanks

  • Kim van Niekerk says:

    Hi Trudy
    Thanks so much for sharing all this info. I love all the health summits that come out from the USA unfortunately I am an ex South African who lives in Australia and find it so frustrating trying to find resources and practitioners here in Australia if you know of any practitioners or websites where I can get my hands on quality supplements it would be much appreciated.

  • Letitia Moss says:

    I practice in Ireland. I have ordered GABA, 5-HTP and Typtophan for my own personal use but I cannot advise my clients to use it. I know I can use L-Theanine but what else can I do re the other supplements?

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Letitia
      My understanding is that it’s only GABA that’s not available in Ireland? Is it also 5-HTP and tryptophan?

      Taurine can sometimes replace GABA and precursors like zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium can help but it’s slower.

      Could you refer them to a resource like my book and they order for personal use like you are doing. So you are educating rather than advising?

  • Shira says:

    Hi Trudy!
    Thanks for the great info. As a practitioner, it’s always exciting to learn about more tools.

    For a client on Buproprion, who’d like to taper, would you advise GABA? Can it be used even while taking this medication? Client’s doctor is supportive of tapering, but only if symptoms (general anxiety, waking up at night, overactive thoughts) seem to be manageable. Client also takes Clonazepam as needed (about 1x per 1-2 weeks) to get back to sleep when waking up at night.

    Thanks!

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Shira
      I use the amino acid based on the symptoms profile – GABA for low GABA physical anxiety and tryptophan for low serotonin worry kind of anxiety. And we do a trial in the office to figure out which may help helps. Often both are needed but we trial one at a time.

      With the prescribing doctor’s permission we switch meds to the morning and use 6 hours away from tryptophan

      I do have practitioner training if you’d like to learn more about using the amino acids with clients. We need more practitioners doing this work and I’m thrilled you’re excited. More here https://www.anxietynutritioninstitute.com/

  • Zoe Crofts says:

    I’m very dissapointed that the first chance I get with my busy schedule to tune into Day 1’s interview and I see that you only posted it for 24 hrs.That’s cheating you advertised that these talks would be free online for the whole summit. PLS REPLAY

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Zoe
      Each of the summit interviews are available to watch in the 24 hours window of a particular day. Sorry for any confusion. All the talks will be available over the encore weekend – Nov 23/24

  • Thushara says:

    Can I take 5HTP, Ltheanine and Tyrosine in a day.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Thushara
      Many of my clients need support in all areas and use all of the above but we do trials of each one alone so we know what is working and the ideal amount for their unique needs

  • Hi Trudy. I have clear signs of GABA deficency and also have many genetic variants in genes connected to GABA- glutamate. When I take GABA or supplements like herbs that are supposed to increase GABA I get typical glutamate symptoms (that I also get from fex glutamine). I guess it is from my genetics where I have risk fro high glutamate, a normal conversion of GABA to glutamate but a very limited conversion of glutamate back to GABA. Have you heard of this issue before and how would you tackle it?

  • Diane says:

    I must have missed it…what is the starting dose for 5HTP and for Tryptophan? Thank you!

  • Joy says:

    I am learning so much with the talks. As a very very sensitive person that I find that only 1/4 dosage of supplements and OTC medications I am able to tolerate without going into both physical and mental side effects and as a high stressed person with sometimes anxiety thoughts sleep issues etc, what brand, what dosage and what time of day would you advise to take tryptophen and/or GABA? Are there any vitamins or other supplements that are contraindicated? I am gluten free as well.

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Joy
      Glad you’re learning so much!

      Starting dose of tryptophan is 500mg and GABA 125mg. Typical is tryptophan mid-afternoon and evening (although some folks benefit earlier too) and GABA through the day and evening if needed. We dose based on trials and symptoms. No one size fits all.

      I recommend everyone become informed before starting the amino acids and this applies even more so for someone like you who is very sensitive.

      There are contraindications with these and the other amino acids.

      My book “The Antianxiety Food Solution” has an entire chapter on the amino acids and chapter on gut health, pyroluria and diet etc

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