Also, you need carbs to make serotonin in the gut
Not exactly correct. Carbs release insulin, which triggers tryptophan which in turn stimulates a release of serotonin in the brain. (Foods rich in tryptophan do not effect serotonin as that tryptophan cannot cross the blood brain barrier.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8697046
Some brains release dopamine with this breakdown process as well.
It’s how people become food addicts and or use food as medication and end up obese. Same neuro pathways as drugs. Sugar and carb cravings can be a serotonin starved brain looking for a quick fix from insulin.
It used to be me.
There are many other and better ways (than food) to get your body to produce serotonin.
I live almost carb free now. What carbs I do eat are from the fiber in salad greens and broccoli. No sugar, no wheat, no excessive protein which the body turns into sugar anyway via glucogenesis.
I use exercise to release a controlled amount of adrenaline, which in turn stimulates my serotonin…works much better and lasts longer than food.
It sounds complicated but really isn't.
Practicing meditation regularly has been shown to do it as well. As have living sugar free, performing any daily exercise, supplementing B6, getting some daily sunshine, and even performing a random act of kindness. All these and hundreds of other things boost serotonin in the brain.
Carbs are the easiest but unhealthy if relied on.
Agree 100%….if the anxiety meds work…take them!!!!!