3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Beat Anxiety with Dr. Ellen Vora



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Blood sugar is starting to get more of the attention it deserves in terms of optimizing metabolic health, but there’s one issue that often gets left out of the equation—anxiety. 

The way our blood sugar, insulin, and other hormones respond to sugar and starch wreaks havoc on our mental and emotional wellness. Yet most people struggling with anxiety and depression are given medications without any consideration of their diet and lifestyle choices.

Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Ellen Vora to talk about the hidden root causes of anxiety. 

Dr. Vora is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and author of The Anatomy of Anxiety. She takes a Functional Medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her BA from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University. 

In this episode, we dive into:   

  • The hidden root causes of anxiety (2:11)
  • The connection between blood sugar dysregulation and anxiety (4:15) 
  • Women, intermittent fasting, and anxiety (15:39) 
  • Caffeine consumption and anxiety (25:07)
  • Social isolation and the importance of creating community (30:02)
  • Understanding psychiatric medication in treating anxiety (41:52)
  • Using breath work to treat anxiety (1:05:09)
  • Tools to help mitigate anxiety (1:13:48)
  • False anxiety vs. true anxiety (1:23:45) 
  • The role psychedelics play in treating anxiety (1:28:22) 

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For more on Dr. Ellen Vora, follow her on Instagram @ellenvoramd, Facebook @ellenvoramd, TikTok @ellenvoramd, YouTube @ellenvoramd, and through her website, ellenvora.com. Get her book, The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body’s Fear Response, here.

For more on Dhru Purohit, follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, Facebook @dhruxpurohit, Twitter @dhrupurohit, YouTube @dhrupurohit, and TikTok @dhru.purohit. Text Dhru at 302-200-5643 or click here

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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