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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 35% of young adults in the United States are obese.

7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety.

3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression.

Does your child suffer from anxiety or depression? In today’s world, not only do adults have to deal with health issues like obesity, depression, and anxiety, but unfortunately so do our children. A new nationwide research study found that obesity is an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression among children and teenagers. (1)

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century with far-reaching and enduring adverse health consequences for our youth. Over 42 million children worldwide are estimated to be overweight or obese, and if current trends continue, then an estimated 70 million children will be overweight or obese by 2025. (2)

The research team examined data on over 12,000 children and teenagers ages 6–17 who had received treatment for obesity, and they compared them with the data of more than 60,000 counterparts who did not have obesity. Researchers sourced the data in 2005–2015 as part of the Swedish Childhood Obesity Treatment Register. Over an average period of 4.5 years, more than 4,200 of the children and teenagers developed anxiety or depression.

“The girls with obesity were 43% more likely to experience anxiety or depression compared with their age- and sex-matched peers. The risk of anxiety and depression was also 33% higher among boys with obesity, compared with their peers who did not have obesity.”

The team adjusted for other risk factors for depression and anxiety, such as migration background, other neuropsychiatric conditions, a history of mental health issues in the family, and socioeconomic status. After adjusting for these factors, obesity still raised the risk of developing anxiety and depression.

Specifically, 11.6% of the girls who had obesity received such a diagnosis, compared with 6% of girls without obesity. Also, 8% of boys with obesity received the diagnosis, compared with 4.1% of boys without obesity.

Healthy Lifestyle and Hormone Balance are Key

Being overweight or obese can cause many more health problems than anxiety and depression. It can lead to type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney disease, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

We find that adopting a healthy eating program, such as the Hotze Optimal Eating Program, can help people obtain and maintain an ideal body weight. Hormone decline and imbalance can also affect teenagers and their weight, as well as cause anxiety and depression.

We Can Help

If your child is experiencing difficulty with weight and anxiety or depression, find out if hypothyroidism or hormone decline could be the culprit. Airborne and food allergies can also cause many symptoms in children, as well. Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698.

You deserve to have a doctor and a team of professionals to coach you onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so that you can enjoy a better quality of life without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, to enjoy a life-changing health transformation.


1. Obesity May Put Young People at Risk of Anxiety, Depression
2. Psychological Consequences of Childhood Obesity: Psychiatric Comorbidity and Prevention

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Mothers have a very special place in our life.  Not only do they give life, but they also give us all their time and energy to make sure we are taken care of. They are always there for us.  They put their family first.

We want to make sure that moms are being taken care of, too. Being leaders of the Wellness Revolution, we want to offer some valuable health tips about some very common symptoms that women experience that every mom should know.

5 Things Every Mom Should Know

1. Are you suffering from anxiety and panic attacks? These feelings are very uncomfortable and can interfere with your daily life. Things that you never used to worry about can almost paralyze you with fear now. What has changed to make you feel so anxious? Women are more likely to experience anxiety during times of hormonal fluctuation and decline. Let’s address five common hormone related causes of anxiety in women.

2. Have you been visiting doctor after doctor trying to find out why you have such bad muscle pain, fatigue, and insomnia, among many other symptoms?  Has your doctor told you that your blood work is normal and that you have fibromyalgia?  Has he told you that there is no cure and that he doesn’t know the cause?  It’s time to break the silence on a very common underlying cause of fibromyalgia.

3. Do you find it difficult to lose weight no matter what you do? You eat right and exercise, but the weight’s not coming off like it used to. What changed? As women get older, they notice that it gets more difficult to lose weight.  A major reason for this that is often overlooked is hormonal decline. Discover 6 reasons you can’t lose weight.

4. You’ve been suffering from fatigue, constipation, joint pain, brain fog, depressed moods, hair loss, difficulty sleeping and you are cold all the time. After doing diligent research, you’re convinced you have hypothyroidism. Your doctor does a blood test and tells you that you are in the normal range and that there is nothing wrong. This tragedy is due to the unfortunate mindset cultivated by mainstream medicine that the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test is the “gold standard” used to diagnose hypothyroidism, while it actually fails the majority of patients. Learn why the TSH thyroid blood test is often a roadblock for getting the right diagnosis.

Do you want to learn more?

Do you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing that you can’t seem to find a solution for? Are you wondering if there is a natural way for you to feel better? Let us help. Call 281-698-8698 or click here to contact a wellness consultant today for a complimentary consultation. We can help answer your questions and guide you on your right path to health and wellness.

Last but not least, we appreciate you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Are you struggling with anxiety and depression? These symptoms can be very uncomfortable and affect your quality of life. We often don’t think about what we eat affecting our mental health, but it certainly can. That tasty bagel or delicious pasta dish may be enjoyable, but they can negatively affect your gut, and therefore your brain.

Your brain and gastrointestinal (GI) tract are closely connected. Your intestines send signals to your brain, and vice versa. Therefore, when your intestines are not healthy, this can cause symptoms like depression and anxiety, and many people with these symptoms can correlate them with the onset of GI problems.

2 Little Known Causes of Anxiety and Depression

1. Gluten

Did you know that eating gluten-free can benefit your brain? Over the past several years, the gluten-free diet has become quite popular thanks to its effectiveness in resolving gastrointestinal issues. What a lot of people don’t realize is the effect it can have on the brain and nervous system.

Ingesting wheat means you have unknowingly ingested the most common dietary, mind-active food known today. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, can influence behavior and mood, and can cause euphoria, addictive behavior and appetite stimulation. For some people, wheat affects them like a drug because it can yield drug-like neurological effects.

Various types of anxiety are associated with gluten intolerance. Depression and related mood disorders are reported to be associated with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Eliminating this one ingredient from your diet can change your life for the better. Discover 7 reasons gluten is bad for your brain.

2. Yeast

Did you know that an unhealthy GI tract can affect your brain and how you feel? If you suffer from anxiety or depression and have persistent digestive symptoms and/or recurrent vaginal yeast infections, and have been placed on repeated or prolonged courses of antibiotics, then yeast overgrowth, or Candida, could be a possible cause.

A normal healthy gut with normal microbial flora is needed to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood. Candida can suppress this production, leading to depression and anxiety. Learn how yeast could be the culprit for your anxiety and depression.

The Gut-Brain Connection

While both are crucial to your overall health, any connection between brain health and gut health would be seemingly coincidental to most of us. To be sure, both the brain and gut serve important functions in our bodies, although since one handles the digestion and the other handles our thinking, moods, and senses, the two areas would appear to have no direct link.

Research shows a definite connection between the brain and GI tract, and many scientists consider the gut to be our “second brain.” Learn how you can heal your mind through optimal gut health.

We Can Help

At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we believe in solving the underlying cause of your symptoms, naturally. If you suffer from depression and anxiety, and also have other symptoms of yeast overgrowth, then addressing the yeast by doing a yeast-free eating program can give you relief. Remember, what you put into your body can not only affect your brain, but also every aspect of your health.

Hormone decline can also cause depression and anxiety. Don’t wait. Take our symptom checker quiz today to find out if you have symptoms of yeast overgrowth or hormone imbalance so that you can start taking action to protect your health and feel your best.

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Dr. Hotze and his very special guest, best-selling Christian author Stormie Omartian, discuss her abusive upbringing and how it lead her to believe in the power of prayer – which is the main topic of most of her top-selling books.  You don’t want to miss this inspiring conversation!

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Podcast Transcript:

Stacey: Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield, here with Dr. Dr. Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. If you have not had a chance to download our podcast, then please feel free to go to HotzePodcast.com, that’s H-O-T-Z-E-Podcast.com, for all of the ways that you can achieve health and wellness naturally.

Today, we have such an exciting guest. A lot of people are very familiar with her. She is a famous author, quite a prolific author. Dr. Hotze’s so excited that we’re going to be able to interview her today. Why don’t you share with the audience who our guest is going to be?

Dr. Hotze: Well, for all of you who particularly, particularly Christian women, will know this woman very well. It’s Stormie Omartian from Franklin, Tennessee. She is a world-renowned Christian author who has written well over 50 books. That’s five-zero books.

Stacey: Wow.

Dr. Hotze: Most of those have been written in the last 12 or 13 years. She’s most famous for her books that are entitled The Power of: The Power of Prayer, of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Husband, The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, The Power of a Praying Teenager, The Power of Prayer, and all these different aspects. I think she has somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 books entitled “The Power of a Praying” and then she has an addition to that. The book The Power of a Praying Wife, the latest I’ve seen, it’s sold over eight million copies worldwide. It may be more than that. How many has it sold now?

Stacey: It’s amazing.

Stormie O.: It’s sold about nine or 10 million.

Dr. Hotze: Nine or 10 million, The Power of a Praying Wife.

Stormie O.: Yes.

Dr. Hotze: I’m going to buy that book not only for my wife, because I would love her to pray for me in the way that you encourage, but I’m going to give it to my five daughters, as well, so they can pray for their husbands, and I’m going to give it to my…

Stormie O.: Oh, that’s great.

Dr. Hotze: …two daughter-in-laws so they can pray for my sons.

Stormie O.: Oh, that’s wonderful. I mean, let me supply those to you. After…

Dr. Hotze: No, no.

Stormie O.: Well, you saved my life. I mean, really. You and your staff really literally saved my life. You got to the bottom of everything that was wrong with me physically and changed everything, so the least I can give you are those books.

Dr. Hotze: Well, you’re so…

Stormie O.: I can give you..

Dr. Hotze: You’re so…

Stormie O.: I can give you the…I can’t remember what they call it, but it’s the deluxe edition, but it’s all leather-bound.

Dr. Hotze: Wow, that’s…

Stacey: Very nice.

Dr. Hotze: Listen, I would love that, but I’m glad to pay for it, but I thank you for your offer anyway. We’ll work that out after the program.

Stormie O.: Okay. Okay.

Dr. Hotze: But thank you so much. I’m excited about that. I think that could make a huge difference in our lives.

Stormie O.: Absolutely.

Dr. Hotze: So, Stormie, I know that you’ve been a guest here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. You came in originally in 2005 and had some health problems, but before we go into that, I want our listening audience to get to know you as a person. Tell us about your life growing up, where you grew up and how you ended up getting into acting in Hollywood and plays and those sort of things, and how you made the…and then into a singing group, and then how you made the transition into a Christian author, how all that happened. You have a wonderful life story, so I’d love you to just share it from the beginning.

Stormie O.: Okay.

Dr. Hotze: Where’d you grow up?

Stormie O.: I was born in Nebraska, but I grew up in Wyoming because it was just over the border there. I was raised by a mentally ill mother, very mentally ill, severely. My father was just…he just worked, worked, worked to just eke out a living. Wyoming can be a hard place to live as a rancher or farmer because of the weather. One year, the weather killed all of our cattle, and then the hail came in the spring and killed all of our crops, and so we lost everything.

Earlier in my childhood, my mother kept me locked in a closet when my dad wasn’t there. I think that she was very verbally abusive and physically abusive, but I think that being locked in a closet was…just filled me with such fear and affected me the most, I think. But we moved out of Wyoming when we lost all of those things. We lost that whole farm and ranch, you know? A combination.

We moved to California. It was so much easier living in a place there in California because the weather was so good. My mother…I wasn’t locked in a closet anymore. We didn’t have that kind of isolation. We rented an apartment and then rented a house, and so there are neighbors all around, so that didn’t happen once I was old enough. I was like eight by then, and so that didn’t happen after that, after we left that isolation of Wyoming.

I began to enjoy…well, I always enjoyed school because that kept me out of the house and I felt safe in school, except in recess because I couldn’t relate to the kids, and they…I just wasn’t around kids growing up, so I didn’t know how to relate to them. I was really terrified of them, actually. They were loud and kind of…they kind of bullied me because I was so shy and frightened. My whole experience until I got to California was very negative.

Once you get to California, as a kid you’re more accepting of people from all over because it’s kind of melting pot out there. It started to be more of a normal life, except my mother just kept getting worse and worse. She just was very just verbally abusive then, and physically, too. I mean, she still hit me in the face and things like that, but-

Dr. Hotze: Were you the only child?

Stormie O.: I was the only child for 12 years, yeah. My sister was born when I was 12. That gave me some relief because it took a lot of care to take care of a baby, and so she kind of let up on me, but not totally at all. It’s just that there was something else to divert her attention, you know?

Dr. Hotze: Right.

Stormie O.: I was so fearful and anxious and depressed, and all those negative emotions. Once I got out of the house, once I went away, moved up to L.A., I moved up to go to school at UCLA. I put myself through school. I took out a small loan, but I didn’t realize I was going to end up in debt. I just couldn’t afford to do that, so I just worked really hard and worked evenings and weekends and put myself through that school.

When I got involved in Hollywood, I started going to auditions. One led to another. After you audition for something, you’d get it, and that leads to something else and something else. I was working a lot up there, so I never finished that last year of college because I was working, doing what I wanted to do, but I still had that depression and anxiety, but the anxiety was so gripping. I was always terrified that someone was going to find out that I was a nothing, like my mother always told me, I would never amount to anything and all of that, and they’d find out how mentally ill my mother was. At that time, I think you were kind of suspect yourself if you had a mentally ill…

Dr. Hotze: Parent, right.

Stormie O.: … parent. It made you suspect, you know? I tried to keep that a secret too, but I just…it just got so bad. I was working in Hollywood on a bunch of different shows, regular shows, but I was so depressed and so anxious.

I was about 28 when I received the Lord. One of the singers I was working with on one of the shows introduced me to the Lord. She took me to meet her pastor. It was the pastor of a big church there in L.A. They gave me books to read, and I began to really see the truth. I knew it was the truth. I just felt that this was the first thing in my life that made sense. When I received the Lord, my life began to change. It didn’t get rid of the anxiety immediately or the depression. That took special prayer by special Christian counselors there at the church.

It was really amazing when I was finally free of that. It was like miraculous to me. It happened just in one counseling session where I fasted and prayed for three days before at the request of the counselor. She prayed for me. I told her about my whole past. The only one I had told at that time was my husband, Michael. I married him. Met him at the church, actually, and married him about a year later. After we were married, he encouraged me to go to this counselor at the church. We fasted and prayed. I was really set free from that depression and anxiety. It was really miraculous.

Dr. Hotze: Wow.

Stormie O.: I could just feel that whole burden lift off of my shoulders and my head. I was amazed. I didn’t have any idea that God could or would do something like that. That was where I began not only as a believer in Jesus and the power of God working in our lives, but I began to see that if He would do that for me, what more did He want to do for me, and what more did He want to do for everybody through the power of prayer, through communication with Him and doing His will and by trying to live His way? I mean, these are very freeing things. I saw that the freedom that God wants for us is really complete wholeness, and so I’ve been trying to help people understand that power in their lives when they pray in Jesus’ name. It’s a powerful dynamic.

Dr. Hotze: Which church did you attend there in…

Stormie O.: It was called Church on the Way. It’s still called that. Pastor Jack Hayford was the pastor there. They had tremendous…I mean, you didn’t go to that church and not learn how to pray. It was a praying church and it was a worshiping church. You learned how to worship God and be thankful and be humble and how to pray and know that God hears you and will answer, in His way and in His time. That’s a real important thing to add there.

Dr. Hotze: Right.

Stormie O.: He’s not a genie. He doesn’t jump the minute you say something. He wants us to have a relationship with Him where we communicate with Him ongoingly in prayer. It’s really a powerful thing.

Dr. Hotze: Was it the church there that influenced you and your spiritual life in terms of your prayer life?

Stormie O.: Yes, absolutely, because he, Pastor Jack, had us pray. You prayed every time you went to church. You went into prayer circles, and maybe three or four people. You shared your name and your request, and each one prayed for each other. You prayed for each other. It was really hard at first. It’s like, “Gosh, I don’t know if I can sound spiritual,” you know? You think like you’ve got to prepare yourself to the people on the platform like the pastor, worship leader, or whoever, and you don’t feel like you’re really qualified or you know enough, but it’s just sharing your heart with the Lord, you know? Just saying, “God, I need help with my finances, or I need healing. I’ve got this situation in my body that needs Your touch. I need to know what doctor to go to and what I’m to do to help my health.” You know, all of these things. It was really powerful because you learned that every week, and it got easier every week. It really would.

Dr. Hotze: So, you were at that church, then, how long? You met your husband, Michael, with whom you’ve been married now 45 years?

Stormie O.: Yes, 45 years. Right.

Dr. Hotze: That’s remarkable.

Stacey: Congratulations.

Stormie O.: Thank you.

Dr. Hotze: My wife, Janie, and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary…

Stormie O.: Oh, did you? Congratulations.

Dr. Hotze: …this past September. Thank you.

Stormie O.: Oh, that’s wonderful.

Dr. Hotze: Yeah. It’s…

Stormie O.: I love that.

Dr. Hotze: It’s great.

Stormie O.: Yeah.

Dr. Hotze: So, you and your husband met there, and then he was in the music business, or he did some recordings, didn’t he?

Stormie O.: Yes  he was, when I met him at the church, he was not as well-known as he became. I just really saw in him the gifting that God had given him, the talent. He’s scary talented. You think, “Wow, where is that coming from?” He acknowledges that it’s from the Lord, that God gave him those gifts, musical gifts.

After we got married, he was already getting known in Hollywood for recording, playing on sessions, playing piano on sessions, recording sessions. Then after we got married, he just blew wide open where he won the award for Piano Player of the Year. It was like that, and then he began to get other awards, you know? A Grammy for She Works Hard for the Money, that song he wrote with Donna Summer, and just there were other things, too. He did Christopher Cross where that was just…I think it was 10 Grammy’s. They were up for 10 Grammy’s and I think they won eight of them…

Dr. Hotze: Wow.

Stormie O.: …Christopher Cross and Michael. His career was really, really taking off. It was great because he’d worked hard for that, and so I, once we got married, I still had…I knew the Lord, I met a man, I married, and I still had that depression. That’s when I…he said, “Why don’t you go to the church office? Because they have these women…” They’re pastors’ wives who were really gifted in knowledge of Scripture and knowledge of what God wanted to do in our life as far as bringing wholeness into us. I think that was really that encouragement I needed to go there and do that. I didn’t know about things like that. I’d been to counselors before, but they were secular counselors. They just helped me to cope but not ever gotten rid of it.

I actually got rid of all that depression and anxiety when I was prayed for that day, not that I was ever not ever anxious again or not ever depressed again. It’s just that if I was anxious or depressed, I’d take it right to the Lord and I could just get free of it. When they prayed those prayers of deliverance for me and I felt that horrible oppression leave, just that burden on my shoulders and my mind and everything, something changed. I mean, everything changed. My idea of what God wanted to do in my life and the lives of other people, it was miraculous when I saw that. That’s when I started writing those books.

Dr. Hotze: You were mentioning to me now at your, at the church that you attended where you learned from your pastor and his method of teaching, he used…there was a lot of prayer and you met with counselors that prayed for your deliverance from fears that you had, anxieties that you had, depressions you had, which really stemmed from your life growing up with your mother who apparently was not an encouraging mom. She could oftentimes be somewhat bitter and discouraging.

Stormie O.: Very.

Dr. Hotze: I wonder why that was. Have you ever thought about what maybe had led your mother to be that way?

Stormie O.: Well, you know that I wrote, I did a whole thing when I wrote my autobiography, a whole research trip on her and everything, and interviewed my relatives and everything. They said that she had signs of that when she was a teenager, like 17, 18, and she had signs of something being wrong. After she had scarlet fever around that time, they said that she really…it affected her brain where she’d just, she’d get angry. Her mother died when she was 11. I don’t know, she just felt rejected because she was passed around among family members. She just felt, I don’t know, that God had betrayed her or let her down or didn’t like her, whatever. Anyway, I’m not sure if that really contributes to the mental illness, but I think it adds something to it…

Dr. Hotze: Sure.

Stormie O.: …because everybody said she changed after that.

Dr. Hotze: After you became a Christian and began to attend the church in Los Angeles, you began to understand the power of prayer. Was your mom still alive?

Stormie O.: Yes, she was. She’d gotten so much worse by then. She just kept getting progressively worse all the time. By the time she died, she was 64. She just was hallucinating. I mean, she thought everyone was out to kill her and people were watching her through the TV and mirror and all of these things. She was isolated. They were isolated on a farm up in Northern California where they retired, my dad retired to. She just kept getting worse and worse. It was really bad.

Dr. Hotze: What’s really remarkable is that coming out of that background, it would’ve been easy for you to kind of follow in the same steps, in the way you were treated, and so you have overcome a lot in your life, just from your personal background. Obviously, God had His hand on you to deliver you from that, and that’s…

Stormie O.: That’s right.

Dr. Hotze: …that’s wonderful, and…

Stormie O.: Yeah, it is. It’s miraculous, really.

Dr. Hotze: When was it that you wrote your first book? What book did you write?

Stormie O.: I wrote a book called Greater Health God’s Way. It was just when I was working in Hollywood, I picked up a lot of really interesting information that worked as far as having health a natural way, the natural way to enjoy good health. I published that book. It was published, and then the second book was my autobiography, because by that time I had gotten free of all that negative baggage that I had, that I carried around and was exhausting me and making me sick, you know?

Dr. Hotze: Did you come to a point when you were in your counseling that you had to forgive your mother for the way…

Stormie O.: Yes. Yep.

Dr. Hotze: Was that the key?

Stormie O.: That’s the thing I left out. I forgot to tell you that. When I was being counseled by the pastors’ wives, one in particular, I had to…one of the things I had to do while I was fasting for three days, and the counselor fasted with me, which I thought was a great sacrifice. She was a stranger to me.

I had to forgive my mother. I had to write down everything that I forgave my mother, wanted to forgive my mother of doing to me. I had this huge list of that, all the things that I wanted to forgive her for. I had to proclaim that before…when the pastors’ wives were praying for me. I had to say, “Lord, I forgive my mother of everything. Just help me to forgive her completely,” because I wanted to forgive her completely, but you need the help of God, really, the great forgiver who forgives us of everything. He helps us to have a heart to forgive other people. It’s so important to our health that we be able to forgive because I think those unforgiveness places in our lives are…can really weaken our body because it just gnaws on us/

Dr. Hotze: Well, it creates a root of bitterness. It creates a root of bitterness.

Stormie O.: Yeah. Exactly.

Dr. Hotze: …that eats away at you.

Stormie O.: Right.

Dr. Hotze: This goes back to 1975, ’76 when you wrote these books. Was that,  or was it…

Stormie O.: I wrote Greater Health God’s Way after my son was born in 1976, and then my daughter was born in 1981. By then, I had written my autobiography because I’d had such miraculous healing in my emotions and learning to forgive completely, and all those kinds of things that you just really need the help of God to enable you to do all that. You make a decision to do it, but it’s hard to forgive someone who you feel has damaged your life, you know?

Dr. Hotze: Well, you know, what I find in our…here in our practice, we see, approximately 75% of our guests are women and 25% are men. When women come in, one of…not an uncommon complaint we have, or women complain of health issues relating to anxiety or panic attacks, maybe depression, mood swings and all that, which I know can be caused by hormonal imbalances, can affect that, but we also know that there are real life experiences that can cause people to feel anxious or depressed, just like the experiences you had. When most women go to a physician, a conventional doctor with those symptoms that you were complaining about, had you been seeing a conventional doctor, you would’ve been placed on some form of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication.

Stormie O.: Absolutely.

Dr. Hotze: …whatever they had back in those days. That’s a long time ago, but they had antidepressants. They would put you on Valium. I mean, that was a big drug back then. You probably knew tons of women…I saw a lot of women in my practice I didn’t…when I first started, it wasn’t natural approaches to health. I had a family medical practice back in the ’80s in the north side of Houston. A lot of the women came in requesting Valium. That was the big drug of choice at those times. You can probably remember that.

Stormie O.: Yes, absolutely.

Dr. Hotze: But your case in point really shows that there can be some deep emotional scars and damages and injuries to our mental health and to our spirit when we’ve been…somebody has influenced our spirit to feel that way and we begrudge them. We hate them for what they’ve done. We’re unforgiving. The point that you make is what delivered you, really, was asking God to help you forgive your mother for all the harm that she had caused you mentally and physically.

Stormie O.: Yes, and that was an ongoing process, too. It didn’t happen immediately, but when I prayed that prayer, though, and they prayed for me…forgiveness and asked God to set me free of it completely. That was a major turning point. They prayed for me. I could feel all that leave. It’s not like suddenly I had no unforgiveness. It’s just that, then things would come up that I hadn’t thought about that did, and then I’d have to ask for forgiveness. “Lord, help me. I confess this before you, Lord. There’s unforgiveness. Help me to forgive her for this.” It was an ongoing process. It just…

Dr. Hotze: Now, Stormie, have you written any book, any one of your books on prayer, that addresses this issue of forgiveness?

Stormie O.: It’s called Out of Darkness. It was called Stormie back in the ’80s when I first put out this book as my autobiography, and then it was re-released again with about 50% more information because I brought it up to date from 35 years ago at..

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Too often, we all have the same experience: a day filled with anxiety, depression and lack of focus, which always seem to go along with too little sleep. However, in our modern society, it seems that burning the candle at both ends is the only way to keep up! This is compounded by other factors, such as stress-induced insomnia and other sleep disorders keeping you from getting the kind of quality sleep you need.

Unfortunately, this not only hurts your work productivity and fills your day with the unpleasant sense of anxiety and depression that a lack of sleep can cause, it can also lead to worse, more dangerous health problems, such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

And, this is why getting deep, quality sleep is so highly important!

What is Anxiety?

Per Merriam Webster dictionary definition, anxiety is “apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill: a state of being anxious,” which is, of course, something we have all experienced in our lives. (1)

However, when one’s adaptive response to stress is inadequate and anxiety becomes overwhelming to the point it just won’t go away, it becomes a disorder. This can be anything from obsessive-compulsive behavior to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and caused by anything from a perceived fear to a truly traumatizing experience.

And, a lack of sleep can also cause daily anxieties to become worsening disorders, as well as contribute to and compound the symptoms of depression. (2)

Sleep and Your Well-Being

Sleep is more than just a pleasant way to break from reality each night and it is in fact as important to your survival as is eating, drinking or breathing. Sleep is a time when restorative hormones are at work rebuilding and rejuvenating your mind and body, which is why you feel more alert and have fewer anxiety symptoms after a good night’s rest.

However, when you don’t get enough sleep, or the sleep you do get is of low quality, it leads to poor concentration, irritability, depression and worsening anxieties. This is something which even limited sleep deprivation can cause, and it is also a two-way street, in that depression and anxiety can cause sleep disorders, while sleep disorders can cause depression and anxiety.

For instance, during times of heavy stress, your body produces “fight or flight” hormones which are meant to keep you alert and energized in the face of danger. Hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, for instance, give you a heightened awareness and rapid heartbeat when you are startled, afraid, or under stress.

Of course, another effect of your body continuously being flooded with stress hormones is that they cause poor sleep and insomnia. And, when you don’t sleep well, your body and mind don’t rejuvenate well, which leads to worsening depression and anxiety, which are likely to cause worsening sleep problems. (3, 4)

Sleep and Depression

Another important factor in the association of sleep and your well-being is how sleep affects depression, and vice-versa.

For instance, sleep disruption—either hyposomnia or hypersomnia—are both indications of the onset of depression. In fact, studies show that insomnia can be a risk factor for depression, and around three-quarters of depressed patients experience insomnia.

Alternately, hypersomnia is present in around 40% of young patients, and 10% of older patients, which indicates there being no one common sleep reaction in those who are depressed.

So far as how depression affects the depressed mind and its ability to sleep, it should be noted that while the brain’s slow wave activity (SWA) is a marker of the drive to sleep, and the total amount of slow wave sleep (SWS) is usually decreased in those who are depressed. (5)

This may also be why depressed patients also show changes in nocturnal hormone secretion, such as the decreased release of growth hormone due to less SWA. This also includes such sleep-regulating hormones as growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), which promotes sleep, and corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), which promotes wakefulness. (6)

Another important factor of note in the relationship of depression and sleep disorders is the effects which many antidepressants have on sleep and sleep quality. For instance, norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors all have rates of sleep disruption and insomnia rates which are 1.5-3 times higher than that of a placebo. This is in addition to a number of studies which have shown depression treatments such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants electroconvulsive therapy, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, all have a negative effect on REM sleep.(7)

Not only can these effects worsen symptoms of sleep disorders, they are but a few of the dangerous side effects common to conventional medical treatments.

Tips for Getting Sound Sleep Naturally

Even though many of us think we are getting a good night’s rest, there is often room for improvement. In fact, improving the quality of your sleep can also improve your work productivity, reduce your risk for accidents, and even help you manage your weight more easily.

Here are a few natural ways of improving your sleep which avoid the dangerous side effects of most over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids:

  • Develop a sleep/wake schedule and stick to it—Your body’s internal clock works best when things are predictable, which is why adhering to a sleep/wake schedule is so important to quality sleep. By following your natural sleep cycles and avoiding measures to stay awake at night followed by an alarm to wake you, your sleep will be more natural, restful and fulfilling, and with less need for a morning alarm. However, this also includes weekends and holidays, so you need to get used to not staying up late followed by sleeping in during your time off.
  • If you MUST have a nap during the day, make it a catnap—Occasionally, we all need a quick reset during the day, although you also need to avoid a full-on sleep session, since it can not only disrupt your sleep cycles, it can also leave you groggy and unproductive for the day. Instead, try dozing briefly with some music playing along with a soothing alarm set for perhaps 10-15 minutes, and the idea is for you to doze but not fully fall asleep. Or, you can try this: Have a half a cup of coffee or tea right before you lay down. The caffeine in it takes about 10-minutes to kick in, which will give you time to rest before it brings you to alertness. However, you also need to avoid caffeine too close to bedtime—and for that matter, even a catnap too late in the day can affect your sleep, so do this only as necessary, and with plenty of time to wind down naturally before bed. (8, 9)
  • Practice good sleep hygiene—A bed chamber that is cool, free of dust and dander, and without any outside light is necessary for a quality night’s sleep. If your living environment is noisy, you may need to use earplugs or invest in a white noise app or other sound-deadening device.
  • Use Hotze’s natural sleep supplements—Using natural supplements to help you relax and fall to sleep is another way to help improve the quality of your sleep:

Hotze’s Magnesium Citrate (magnesium’s most absorbable form) in 200mg vegetarian capsules can help your muscles relax and prevent you from waking in the night unable to get back to sleep.

Hotze’s 900mg Inositol Capsules—Inositol, AKA vitamin B8, has shown to reduce symptoms of hostility, depression and stress, which can help you avoid hyposomnia due to depression and anxiety.

Melatonin is a sleep hormone produced by your body in response to your natural circadian rhythms, although production of it can also be suppressed due to stress, depression and anxiety. However, Hotze’s SR (1mg) Melatonin Tablets are a safe and natural way increase your levels of this important hormone for a good night’s rest.

You can also use a sleep formula containing a variety of sleep aids to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake well-rested. A good example is Hotze’s Sleep Formula which contains such natural sleep aids as L-tryptophan, valerian root, chamomile, melatonin and inositol, all of which combine to help you get the sound, restful sleep you need and deserve, and all in one convenient vegetarian capsule.


Improving the quality of your sleep is your best defense against anxiety symptoms and can also be an overlooked factor in depression treatment.

By adhering to a sleep schedule, practicing good sleep hygiene, being careful not to over-nap, and adding the right natural sleep aids to your regimen, you can wake less groggy, enjoy better quality sleep, and reduce your symptoms of depression and anxiety.


  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181635/
  3. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181883/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23599243
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3493205/
  8. https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/how-long-does-caffeine-take-to-kick-in/
  9. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/getting-better-sleep.htm

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Hormones can be a confusing thing for many women. How do you know if you need them? What do your symptoms mean? Is this just a part of aging? Does having surgery or childbirth affect your hormones? Which hormones do you need? What kind of hormones are best?

When your hormones are at their optimal levels, everything in your body works right and you feel great.  You have no symptoms. It’s when you start feeling tired, having menstrual cramps or hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, migraines, and so on, that you know something’s not right. You know that your hormones will change when you enter menopause, but for many women, hormone issues begin happening when they first start their menstrual cycle.

Here are the top most asked hormone questions that we have received by women in 2017:

1. What happens to my hormones after a tubal ligation?

Have you had a tubal ligation or had your tubes tied? If so, then you probably didn’t expect to have any problems after this procedure. Your doctor may have told you that you wouldn’t feel any differently. The reality is, many women do notice negative health symptoms after a tubal ligation, such as migraines, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain and they just feel awful.  Learn how a tubal ligation affects your hormones.

2. How do I get back my libido after a hysterectomy?

Ladies, did your doctor tell you that a hysterectomy would solve all your health problems?  Well, you may have learned the hard way, or from other women, that this is in fact not the case.  Besides a whole new set of symptoms after a hysterectomy, which throws you into menopause, you may also experience loss of libido.  This is very common.  Discover the secret to improving libido after a hysterectomy.

3. What can I do for bad anxiety and panic attacks?

We have all felt anxiety at certain times, but what about when it starts to happen more frequently and take over your life? These feelings are very uncomfortable and can interfere with your daily activities. Things that you never used to worry about can almost paralyze you with fear now. Some women have such extreme anxiety that they don’t want to leave their home. Why is this happening? What has changed to make you feel so anxious? Could it be as simple as a hormonal deficiency?  Learn five hormone-related causes of anxiety in women.

4. Why do I feel so bad after giving birth? I am tired all the time, I can’t sleep, I’m gaining weight and feeling down, even though I should be happy.

If your health began to gradually decline after the birth of your child, you’re not alone.  You may be wondering how childbirth affects hormones and hormonal balance.  The extreme fatigue, recurrent infections, inability to lose weight and menstrual problems are often a shared experience for many women. Rather than placing pharmaceutical band-aids such as sleep aids or antidepressants over individual symptoms, we want to address the underlying cause. Discover how childbirth affects hormone balance.

5. I’m 45 and I can’t I concentrate at work or think clearly anymore. I am forgetful all the time. What could be causing this? Should I worry about having Alzheimer’s?

Do you ever have those moments when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Or you have trouble recalling names and just can’t seem to place where you left your car keys? While these scenarios often have us feeling like we’re senile, often it’s just a case of brain fog, and you don’t have to just live with it. Learn 10 common causes of brain fog and memory loss.

The Natural Solution: Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones have the exact molecular structure as hormones produced by your body, so when you restore them, your body knows what to do with them. Just as a key fits perfectly into the right keyhole, bioidentical hormones do the same in your cells.

Bioidentical hormone therapy has become common today as both women and men are realizing its many benefits. They sleep better, have more energy and lose weight. Restoring and balancing hormones also improves mood and libido, and relieves PMS, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. It improves memory and helps get rid of brain fog.

Since 1989, we’ve had great success in treating over 31,000 people with bioidentical hormones. If you are ready to feel better and get rid of your anxiety and other negative symptoms, then contact us or call a wellness consultant today at 281-698-8698 so we can start you on the path to wellness

Do you have symptoms of hormone decline?

If you are wondering what your symptoms mean, take our symptom checker quiz today to find out. Don’t spend one more day in misery.  Let us help you get your hormones back in balance so you can feel your best in 2019!

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Are you suffering from anxiety? The persistent worry and fear can be debilitating. You worry about work, finances, and what’s going to happen tomorrow. The things to worry about seem endless. However, what if all you had to do to curb your anxiety is add some fish to your diet? New research demonstrates that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-3s) can be an effective treatment for anxiety.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the most commonly experienced psychiatric symptom. It is a psychological state derived from inappropriate or exaggerated fear that leads to distress or impairment. The lifetime prevalence of any anxiety disorder is reported to be approximately 1 in 3. Anxiety often occurs with depressive disorders and is associated with lower health-related quality of life and increased risk of all-cause mortality. (1)

What are Omega-3s?

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. They have been shown to play a protective role in many health conditions and diseases. Your body does not produce omega-3s, so you must obtain them from the foods you eat. (2)

Benefits of Omega-3s

Take a look at all the amazing benefits that omega-3s have for your health:

  • Enhances brain function
  • Lowers inflammation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers triglycerides
  • Reduces risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Improves eye health
  • Lowers risk of macular degeneration
  • Benefits cholesterol levels
  • Reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lowers depression
  • Improves asthma
  • Reduces symptoms of ADHD
  • Helps fight autoimmune disease
  • Protects against Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Decreases cancer risk
  • Reduce symptoms of eczema
  • Important for vision and neurological development in infants
Food Sources of Omega-3s
  • Fish, such as salmon and mackerel
  • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
  • Walnuts
  • Avocados
  • Chia seeds
  • Egg Yolks
Conventional Anxiety Treatment 

If you visit your doctor about your anxiety, you will most likely be prescribed anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium or Ativan without discovering the underlying cause of your anxiety. Plus, these drugs won’t correct the reason you are having anxiety in the first place.

Some of the side effects of these drugs include fatigue, memory impairment, blurred vision, diarrhea, insomnia, decreased libido, changes in appetite, dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea, and irritability. Your doctor may even refer you to a psychiatrist, which usually leads to the prescription of antidepressants – another road you don’t want to go down. A word of caution: if you are taking any of these medications, please do not stop taking them abruptly because these drugs are addictive. You must work with your doctor to wean off of them slowly and safely.

Natural Supplements for Anxiety         

There are many natural supplements that can help curb your anxiety, as well:

  • Fish oil
  • Magnesium
  • Inositol
  • GABA
  • 5-HTP
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola
  • Lavender oil
Could Hormone Decline be the Cause of Your Anxiety?

If you’ve tried adding omega-3s to your diet and taken natural anti-anxiety supplements, but are still struggling, then it’s time to find out if you have a hormone deficiency. Hormone decline and imbalance is a common cause of anxiety. We have had great results in relieving anxiety caused by hormonal imbalance with bioidentical hormones.

Take our symptom checker quiz today to find out if you have symptoms of hormone imbalance that could be the cause of your anxiety. It’s time to get your life back!

1. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution

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Are you feeling tired all the time?

Do you have difficulty sleeping?

Do you have migraines, anxiety, or depression?

Have you lost your libido?

Do you not feel like yourself anymore?

Are you not able to get the right solution?

Are you having a difficult time finding a doctor who can actually tell you what is causing your symptoms, much less treat them effectively? As a woman, you know it’s not always easy getting the right help from your doctor.  While they may mean well, the more symptoms you talk about, the more he or she looks at you like you’re an alien. After your insistence, they do your blood work and tell you that you are “fine,” but you know you are not fine. Some doctors tend to treat women as if they are a hypochondriac and send them to a psychiatrist – which leads to the prescription of antidepressants – a road you definitely don’t want to go down.

Here are 6 things every woman should know for optimal health that can help save you a lot of frustration in the future.

6 Things Every Woman Should Know for Optimal Health

1. How to get properly diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

Many women are forced into an impossible situation when they tell their doctor about all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism they are experiencing.  They most likely will be denied the proper diagnosis and treatment because of a single blood test.  This tragedy is due to the unfortunate mindset cultivated by mainstream medicine that the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test is the “gold standard” used to diagnose hypothyroidism, while it actually fails the majority of patients. Discover why your doctor misses the hypothyroidism diagnosis, and learn 5 ways a doctor can properly diagnose low thyroid function so that you can get the help you need.

2. Progesterone is needed to balance estrogen, even after menopause or a hysterectomy.

Ladies, are you struggling with restless sleep, anxiety, fluid retention, brain fog, depressed moods or migraines? Are these symptoms interfering with your life? Are you gaining so many extra pounds that you don’t feel good about yourself? Are your moods up and down throughout the day? Well, we have good news. Did you know that God created you with a powerful little hormone that can help resolve these symptoms? That’s right, it’s called progesterone. When your progesterone levels are optimal and in balance with estrogen, then your negative health symptoms will go away. You will be amazed at its list of health benefits and you will never want to be deficient in progesterone again! Discover 10 reasons you can’t live without progesterone.

3. Having a hysterectomy can drastically change your hormones and how you feel.

 Ladies, has your doctor recommended that you have a hysterectomy? Whether it’s for heavy bleeding, uterine fibroids, or something even more serious, this solution sounds simple enough, right? Your doctor ensured you that when you take out your uterus, everything will be okay. However, that’s not necessarily the case. You need to know what happens to your hormones after a hysterectomy, because it can severely affect how you feel. Having a hysterectomy is not without its negative consequences. It affects your general health and well-being and we want to share how you can keep that from happening so you can have a great quality of life. Learn what happens to your hormones after a hysterectomy.

4. Having a tubal ligation can cause many negative health symptoms.

 Having a tubal ligation is one of the most common procedures done by women to prevent pregnancy. If you’ve had your tubes tied, you probably didn’t expect to feel much differently afterwards. However, unfortunately, many women in fact feel very differently – often much worse. The reason we want to address this procedure is because it affects your hormone production and balance, and can have devastating effects on your health. Discover the hormonal after-effects of a tubal ligation.

5. Why hormone balance is so important for fertility.

Have you been trying to become pregnant but have been unsuccessful?  If so, then the first thing you should evaluate is your hormone status.  When your hormones are out of balance, your body is not able to function optimally, which is why hormonal imbalance is a common cause of infertility in women.  When you are trying to conceive, it is important to replenish and balance your hormones first.  Let’s take a look at how progesterone and thyroid hormones affect fertility. Discover 2 common causes of infertility in women.

6. Why pellet therapy isn’t the best solution.

Bioidentical hormone therapy has become common today as both women and men are realizing its many benefits. They sleep better, have more energy and lose weight. Restoring and balancing hormones also improves mood and libido, and relieves PMS, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. It improves memory and helps get rid of brain fog.

Since more doctors are dabbling in bioidentical hormones and offering an array of options, we want to help give you the best information so that you can make an informed decision for your health. Many people ask “what’s the best dosage form for bioidentical hormones?” While pellet therapy has recently become popular with some doctors, is it really the best way to take bioidentical hormones? We don’t believe so, and here’s why.

Get Relief with Bioidentical Hormones

If you are one of the many women who are struggling with negative health symptoms, then take our symptom checker to find out what’s going on. By restoring your hormones with bioidentical hormones, you can correct any underlying deficiencies and imbalances and feel your best!

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Some of the most common symptoms that women experience as they get older are related to brain function. It can become difficult to concentrate or focus. You may become increasingly forgetful.  Anxiety and depression can take over your life.  If you haven’t already heard, the decline in your hormones as you age is a common culprit.  The good news about that is that you can do something to correct it, naturally, without having to be put on a psychotropic drug that has negative side effects.

Here are 3 common mental health issues that are commonly caused by hormonal decline:

1. Depression

Did you know that research shows a definite connection between hypothyroidism and depression? It’s true – it has been well established that depression is a symptom of low thyroid function.  People with depression, anxiety and psychiatric problems often have low levels of thyroid hormone. Remember, the root cause of depression does not lie in an antidepressant deficiency. Treating depression lies in treating the underlying cause, which often occurs with a decline in your thyroid function. Discover why hypothyroidism could be the cause of your depression.

2. Anxiety

We have all felt anxiety at certain times, but what about when it starts to become severe and happen more frequently? These feelings are very uncomfortable and can interfere with your daily life. Things that you never used to worry about can almost paralyze you with fear now. Why is this happening? Women are more likely to experience anxiety during times of hormonal fluctuation and decline. Here are five common hormone-related causes of anxiety in women.

3. Brain Fog and Memory Loss

Do you ever have those moments when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Or you have trouble recalling names and just can’t seem to place where you left your car keys? Often it’s just a case of brain fog, and you don’t have to just live with it. Discover 10 common causes of brain fog and memory loss so that you can do something about it.

Beware of other little-known items that can affect brain function:

Besides hormone decline, there are some items that are everywhere and hard to avoid.  Don’t underestimate the negative effect that these three in particular can have on your mental health. Fortunately, you can start making lifestyle changes today to help eliminate these from your diet:

1. Splenda, NutraSweet

Did you know that artificial sweeteners are common in products that we use everyday including drinks, gum, protein powders, toothpaste, and packaged foods? But are they safe? Learn about the health consequences of common artificial sweeteners. You won’t ever want to use NutraSweet or Splenda again! Dr. Hotze interviews Dr. Janet Hull on the dangerous side effects of aspartame and sucralose.

2. Gluten                        

Over the past several years, the gluten-free diet has become quite popular thanks to its effectiveness in resolving gastrointestinal issues. What a lot of people don’t realize is the effect it can have on the brain and nervous system. Eliminating this one ingredient from your diet could possibly change your life for the better. Discover 7 reasons gluten is bad for your brain.

3. Sugar  

We all love sugar, but is it really that bad for us? Yes, it is. Most people know that consuming foods high in sugar, and simple carbohydrates that convert to sugar, leads to health problems such as obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease, but it can also affect your brain. Discover 6 negative effects of sugar on your brain.

Could Hormone Decline be the Cause of Your Anxiety, Depression or Brain Fog?

Don’t wait – find out now. Take our symptom checker to help you discover all the symptoms you have and what could be the underlying cause. Knowledge is power.

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18 Million Americans Have a Gluten Sensitivity3 Million Americans have Celiac Disease

Over the past several years, the gluten-free diet has become quite popular thanks to its effectiveness in resolving gastrointestinal issues. What a lot of people don’t realize is the effect it can have on the brain and nervous system. Eliminating this one ingredient from your diet could possibly change your life for the better.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains. It is the protein that helps hold food together, makes dough elastic and gives bread its chewy texture.

Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac Disease

Gluten sensitivity is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten. Symptoms include digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, as well as fatigue, brain fog, joint and muscle aches, depression, anxiety, skin problems, migraines, dental issues, hormone imbalance and weight gain.

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder where eating gluten damages the small intestine. The nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body and it causes malnourishment. Symptoms include fatigue, anemia, bone and joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, seizures, migraines, missed periods, infertility, itchy skin rash, liver and biliary tract disorders, and canker sores in the mouth. It can even lead to the start of neurological diseases, or certain cancers. For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is a must.

Foods that Contain Gluten

Gluten can be found in the following foods:

  • breads
  • baked goods
  • soups
  • pasta
  • cereals
  • sauces
  • salad dressings
  • malt
  • food coloring
  • beer
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • rye bread
  • rye beer

Gluten is found in many foods you may not be aware of, as well, such as:

  • potato chips
  • processed meats
  • flavorings
  • natural juices

Always read labels. If something is fried or coated, crispy or crusted, that could indicate that it was coated with breading or gluten-containing flour.

Gluten can also be found in non-food products:

  • shampoo
  • toothpaste
  • makeup
  • laundry detergent
  • mouthwash
Gluten and Your Brain

Ingesting wheat means you have unknowingly ingested the most common dietary mind-active food known today. Gluten can influence behavior and mood, and can cause euphoria, addictive behavior and appetite stimulation. For some people, wheat affects them like a drug because it can yield drug-like neurological effects.

The relationship of celiac disease to neurologic and psychiatric complications has been observed for over 40 years. Gluten sensitive patients also experience these complications. Data suggests that up to 22% of patients with celiac disease develop neurologic or psychiatric dysfunction, and as many as 57% of people with neurological dysfunction of unknown origin test positive for anti-gliadin antibodies (a sign of celiac disease). The research study Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity sheds light onto just how damaging gluten can be to our brain.(1)

7 Reasons Gluten is Bad for Your Brain

Here are 7 neurological conditions that can be caused by gluten:

1. Ataxia – The best-characterized neurologic complication related to gluten sensitivity is ataxia, a lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary movements, such as walking or picking up objects. Ataxia can affect various movements, creating difficulties with speech, eye movement and swallowing.

2. Epilepsy – Epilepsy is also affected by gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.  Seizure activity was better managed in the patients who received the earliest gluten-free diets. A smaller study of four patients reported that three of the four patients had significant reduction of their seizure activity after going on a gluten-free diet. In a another study of patients with epilepsy, of 7 patients diagnosed with celiac disease, after five months of going on a gluten-free diet, seizures were completely under control in 6 patients and antiepileptic drugs were discontinued.(2)

3. Anxiety Disorders – Various types of anxiety are associated with gluten intolerance. One study found that celiac disease patients were significantly more likely to have anxiety when compared to controls, and that after one year on a gluten-free diet, there was a significant improvement in anxiety symptoms. Other anxiety disorders such as social phobia and panic disorder have been linked to gluten. It was reported that a significantly higher proportion of celiac disease patients had social phobia compared to normal controls. Additionally, a higher lifetime prevalence of panic disorder has been found in celiac disease patients with new studies confirming the increased association between celiac disease and anxiety.

4. Depression and Mood Disorders – Depression and related mood disorders are reported to be associated with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. One study found that major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder (a continuous long-term, chronic form of depression) were more common in a group of celiac disease patients compared to controls. Another study found that celiac patients were more likely to be diagnosed with subsequent depression as compared to people without the disease. Research found that an elderly population with gluten sensitivity was more than twice as likely to have depression when compared to the elderly sample without gluten sensitivity. Research has described improvement in depressive symptoms following a gluten-free diet.

Research showed that short-term exposure to gluten specifically induced feelings of depression. This may explain why people with a gluten sensitivity feel better on a gluten-free diet.(3)

5. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A few studies have suggested that ADHD may be associated with gluten intolerance, as well. A study measured ADHD symptoms in celiac disease patients and found that these symptoms are more common in them as compared to the general population. A six month gluten-free diet was reported to improve ADHD symptoms and the majority of patients (74%) in this report wanted to continue the gluten-free diet due to significant relief of their symptoms.

Research demonstrated that a gluten-free diet significantly improved ADHD symptoms in patients with celiac disease, suggesting that celiac disease should be included in the ADHD symptom checklist. After the initiation of the gluten-free diet, patients reported significant improvement in their behavior and functioning compared to the period before treatment.(4)

6. Autism Spectrum Disorders – Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been associated with gluten intolerance. Studies have shown the relationship between ASD and autoimmune disease, specifically celiac disease. One study found an increased risk of ASDs in children with a maternal history of rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease.  When compared to controls, persons with ASDs and their family members have been found to have leaky gut syndrome, and when treated with a gluten- and casein-free diet, have been able to a improve leaky gut when compared to patients on an unrestricted diet.  This has been supported by other studies.

7. Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia may be the psychiatric disorder with the most robust relationship to gluten. As early as 1953, it was noted that children with schizophrenia were prone to having celiac disease.  A research study published in 1966 showed that the prevalence of schizophrenia was lower in areas of lower grain consumption. It also showed that a milk- and cereal-free diet improved schizophrenic symptoms. A similar study showed that these patients were discharged twice as quickly as those not on the diet and a third showed that recovery is disturbed when gluten is added to a previously gluten-free diet.  Wheat protein was shown to cause reactions such as seizures and other unusual behaviors, and this may be related to the development of schizophrenia.

Other Neurological Manifestations

Other neurological displays of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease include peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves), inflammatory myopathies (muscle disease), myelopathies (disease of spinal cord), headache, and gluten encephalopathy (abnormal brain function). White matter abnormalities associated with gluten sensitivity have also been reported.

Gluten-Free Diet

The only treatment for gluten sensitivity and celiac disease is a gluten-free diet, which excludes all grain products, specifically wheat, barley, rye and cross-contaminated oats.  Today there are many gluten-free food options available in the grocery stores to help make going gluten-free much easier.

Note, if you are an avid wheat-eater, then cutting it out of your diet could lead to some withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, irritability, inability to function at work or school, even depression during the first several days to weeks after eliminating it. Watch this video to get tips on how to eat gluten-free:

Hotze Health & Wellness Center Gluten-Free Webinar - YouTube

Hormone Decline can Also Affect Your Brain

Did you know that hormone decline and imbalance can also cause symptoms such as brain fog, depression, moodiness and anxiety, to name a few? Take our symptom checker quiz to find out if you have symptoms of hormone decline.

Wheat Belly, by William Davis, M.D.


1. Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

2. Celiac Disease and Epilepsy: The Effect of Gluten-Free Diet on Seizure Control

3. Randomised Clinical Trial: Gluten May Cause Depression in Subjects with Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity – An Exploratory Clinical Study

4. Association of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Celiac Disease: A Brief Report

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