“Healthy mind, healthy body” may illustrate a mental image of a yogi in a lotus position. Something like this
To the surprise of some people, even experts, NUTRITION is proving itself increasingly important to not only a healthy body, but a healthy state of mind.
What We Know… or Might Not Have Known
Poor diet can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, and stroke, among other dangerous disorders. But did you know that a lack of crucial nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and bipolar disorder?
Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that concentrates on the use of food and dietary supplements to provide essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders such as those mentioned above (theconversation). As shocking as it may seem, the nutrients we choose to ingest affect our mood. Example? The immune system, directly correlated with nutrition, can influence the risk of depression (today.mims). Clinical Psychologist at the University of Connecticut Dr. Sherry Pagoto states “when people are feeling better by dieting and losing weight or resolving symptoms that they’re having, that could have an impact on mood. When people do engage in healthy lifestyle changes, we do see improvements in depression” (today.mims). Among these changes can be adding SUPPLEMENTS to a normal diet. From adding a PRE- or POST-WORKOUT powder to endure strenuous exercise or promote muscle recovery, to incorporating FISH OIL for heart health, mood is bound to improve (https://www.makersnutrition.com/stock-formulas/, http://stocksoftgels.com/).
This inflammatory response starts in the gut often due to the lack of critical vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins B and D3, magnesium, and probiotics
What the Experts are Learning
Psychiatrists are now more than ever “becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to mental health—especially, when it is now known that many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain, killing off brain cells” (today.mims). This inflammatory response starts in the gut often due to the lack of critical vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins B and D3, magnesium, and probiotics.
What Recent Research Reveals
Studies are showing that among others, the nutrients listed below—which can be taken in various forms--have the ability to relieve depression and anxiety, brighten mood, and even improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
While many people are deficient in magnesium, a study unveiled that a daily magnesium citrate supplement led to a significant improvement in anxiety and depression. Two things here:
1. This result was regardless of gender, age, and severity of depression.
2. Improvement ceased when subjects stopped taking this supplement.
• Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3’s are critical for the growth and function of the central nervous system. Low levels of this nutrient are affiliated with poor comprehension, cognitive decline, and low mood.
Psychiatrists and nutritionists alike are discovering that taking probiotics—the healthy bacteria in our digestive system—daily, is associated with a considerable reduction in anxiety and depression (theconversation). A common theme grows apparent.
A Hopeful Future
Nutritional psychiatrists are urging their peers to support this new field of treatment. The conversation surrounding dietary supplements are usually in conjunction with bodybuilding and fitness. While they are more than valid for such purposes, eye-opening findings are proving supplements’ ability to improve the mental state of millions of people. We are on the brink of a new era within the narrative of mental health. SUPPLEMENTS are more powerful than we might have once thought. That’s something to really think about. A simple capsule or tablet can SAVE lives.
What could be more powerful than that?
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