Research shows that nutrition is much better at improving mental health than prescription medication. We need to get serious about the critical role played by nutrition. Nutrition matters!
Why? Because poor nutrition is a significant risk factor for the development of mental illness. Current prescriptions are only effective on a short-term basis. For long-term support, medication may be ineffective and could be detrimental to your body. Now, micronutrients are found to be effective on those suffering from ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder. Not only are the micronutrients more effective, but they are much less expensive than prescription meds on the market today. Overall, nutrition is a safe and viable way to avoid (and treat or lessen) mental illness.
At the Healing Sanctuary we know that science agrees that food can be a powerful tool for people dealing with depression and anxiety. Changing your nutrition can be a great addition to traditional therapy at a much smaller cost and can be a great way to self-care.
Reducing your sugar intake is absolutely key!
There is a connection between food and mental health. We believe the vitamins in the body help the function of enzymes that enable reactions such as synthesis of serotonin which plays an essential role in our happiness.
Too much sugar has been found to decrease a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which is involved in the development of depression and anxiety.
There is evidence that suggests that our gut plays an important role in mental health~
So, the microorganisms in our gut can communicate with the brain and several systems that could play a role in depression and anxiety and the composition of the guy microbiota is influenced by nutrition. It can be a crap shoot when treating depression with medication and more often than not much of the good comes from a non-medication intervention that includes diet, exercise, breath work, mindfulness training and community to share with.
Taking control of your diet and beginning to live a healthier life can be an antidepressant on its own. Diet is a great way of active self-care and self-love. A key in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is often used to treat anxiety and depression. I believe seeing oneself as worthy of self-care and therefore worthy of being fed with nutritious food is a positive step forward. Why are certain foods mood boosting? It’s in the science …
- Some enzymes found in food boost serotonin levels
- Sugar is associated with depression and anxiety
- Emerging science shows gut health plays a role in anxiety.
- Eating healthy food is a great way to practice self-care, important in CBT
- Taking active steps to eat a nutritious diet can increase motivation.