Nutrition for Depression: The Path To Mental Wellness
Think Yourself Well: How Our Thoughts Influence Our Health
It is estimated that 15 million Americans suffer from depression. If you’re one of them, you may be surprised to know that diet plays an important role in mental health. So much so, that is has inspired an entire field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry.
The brain never gets a day off—it works 24/7—even when we’re sleeping. Which means it needs a constant supply of fuel. This “fuel” is food. What we eat directly affects our brain function, and ultimately, our mood. A major key to mental wellness lies at the end of our fork.
Healing Anxiety: Addressing The Root Cause
If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the mind-body connection and understand that our thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact our physical health. You also know that chronic stress is bad for our health.
Although most of us know this, we often continue living our daily lives on autopilot, mostly unaware of the feedback loop playing in our heads that form our beliefs about ourselves, our identity, and our capacity to heal. We’ve normalized stress to the point that we just accept we will live with, at best, a low-level anxiety that keeps us in a constant state of fight-or-flight.
Abandoning Antidepressants As An Effective Treatment For Depression
The conventional approach to dealing with anxiety is to medicate. If you’ve dealt with anxiety that is disruptive to your quality of life, there’s a good chance you’ve been told there’s a neurotransmitter imbalance in your brain that can be corrected through medications like Valium, Xanax, or Klonopin (benzodiazepines).
It is estimated that today, nearly 50 percent of Americans will struggle with mood symptoms, and 11 percent will be medicated for them. Psychiatric medications are now the second leading class of drugs sold, after cholesterol-lowering drugs. With side effects ranging from nausea to blurred vision, sexual dysfunction to suicidality, they must be effective enough to warrant such risks, right?