What we eat can have a material influence on our mental well-being. We don’t necessarily have control over what life throws our way, but we can influence our physical response to stress with a balanced approach to nutrition and using supportive herbs. This can enable us to deal with unexpected events without feeling overwhelmed.
In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of how important mental health is as a component of general wellness but is often still under cared for as part of our daily health regime.
Common issues related to mental health can include feeling depressed, anxious, irritable, angry, having panic attacks, unable to sleep, chronic pain, neurodiversity issues, anhedonia, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder and memory issues.
However, in addition to these direct issues, mental health can also lead to numerous other health complications including digestive problems and be a risk factor for developing dementia and diabetes.
There is a well established correlation between how we feel and how the body reacts to these feelings. For example, individuals with depression have been seen to have higher levels of inflammation in the body. Conversely, inflammatory changes in the body can change the way the brain works through the gut-brain-axis and immune system and lead to a worsening mental state. Therefore, when seeking to address any mental issues, it’s also vital to consider any physiological factors which may be contributing towards that mental state.
We have all had a personal experience of feeling low in energy and depressed after an infectious illness or some other inflammatory episode. It was always believed that the brain was protected from the immune system but studies in this area have identified that the immune system can communicate across the blood brain barrier via cytokines and activate the brain’s immune system, which consists of microglial cells. The vagus nerve can also respond to inflammation in the body and communicate via the gut-brain-axis.
The amazing thing about the brain is its plasticity, i.e. the ability of neural networks in the brain to change and regrow. Given the right tools, it can regenerate healthy neurons through a process called neurogenesis.
In our work together you will learn how to ensure that you are getting the nutrients to support optimal mental health.
I offer an initial free mental health assessment to anyone who would like to discuss their health issues with me.
These are the 5 benefits that you will discover from a ‘Mental Health Assessment’:
- Create a sense of clarity about ‘mental health’ and what you really want to achieve
- Discover the essential building blocks to get to this point
- Explore the factors that are preventing you from being healthy
- Identify the most appropriate way that can move you to having good mental health
- Complete the assessment with an understanding of how you can reach this goal
You can sign up for your 30-minute ‘Mental Health Assessment’ now. It is free and the first step to a healthy brain – meaning a healthy life