Many people with IBD and IBS are also on prescription antidepressants, either prior to their intestinal diagnosis, or, because of it! Sometimes it’s overwhelmingly difficult to deal with the restrictions a serious or chronic illness places on your life, your relationships, your desires, your body, your plans, etc,
Unless you are suffering from chronic depression and meds are a necessity, taking antidepressants is not a good idea – aside from numerous other damaging side effects, many antidepressants also create an alkaline pH in the digestive system. This causes ongoing damage to your gut since good bacteria need an acidic pH to survive and colonize properly. However, Candida albicans (yeast) and other pathogenic microorganisms love an alkaline pH.
Note: Having an overall alkaline body pH is a beneficial thing (usually measured by testing your saliva), but your gut pH needs to be acidic to support good bacteria, and prevent Candida overgrowth.
Therefore, if you are depressed due to gut illness, taking a prescription antidepressant can often exacerbate your IBS or IBD. Be sure and check the list of possible side effects too, as one medication I checked for a consultation client (Zoloft) listed Gastroenteritis as a side-effect and Colitis as a “rare” side-effect. She had developed Colitis after taking this medication (no gut problems previously) and every doctor she suggested the connection to scoffed at her – so don’t rely on your doctor to read or know the pharmaceutical printout for the drugs he/she prescribes.
ALSO, please note that this article is not intended for people suffering from long-term, or chronic depression. If that is your experience then I strongly advise you to purchase Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book, A Mind Of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and how Women can Heal their Bodies to Reclaim their Minds. At the very least, sign up for her newsletter and start reading through her online articles and videos about solutions for depression, even after decades on meds.
But if your depression is linked to your gut issues, then the good news is the following article outlines a very effective natural treatment protocol for depression. To tailor this supplement regimen for people with IBD and IBS, I recommend the following modifications:
1. The article lists Vitamin C, but make sure the Vit.C you take is in mineral ascorbate form only (not ascorbic acid) so that it doesn’t cause diarrhea. Calcium ascorbate is a good form of Vit.C. However, if you tend towards constipation, then go ahead and use ascorbic acid Vit. C.
2. I would increase the recommended magnesium dosage from 200 mg to 500 mg at least. If that causes you diarrhea, you need to use magnesium in transdermal form (applied to the skin) or angstrom-sized magnesium. See my blog post about the different types of magnesium or my LTYG Shoppe for the brands of magnesium I recommend (including QuikPlus, which I formulated for Imix).