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Nutrition for good mental health: the evidence

Do you think that nutrition matters when it comes to good mental health? I certainly do.

As a Nutritionist and Naturopath in clinical practice for more than seven years now, there is no doubt in my mind that poor diet leads to poor health outcomes, as it causes nutritional deficiencies impacting on all body systems, including our moods, brain function and our mental health overall.

In short, we need good nutrition for good mental health!

Hence I’m excited to see that nutritional psychiatry [1] is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide essential nutrients as part of an integrated treatment for mental health disorders.

Natural medicine practitioners have always acknowledged the key role of nutrition in recovering from any illness and regaining health.

Unfortunately, many natural approaches to alleviating and dealing with mental disorders are still facing strong opposition from the mainstream medicine that uses drugs and psychotherapy as their main tools to manage symptoms, despite a plethora of evidence that nutrition matters!

Scientists such as Julia Rucklidge (featured in the video below) have plenty of scientific evidence to show the dramatic, positive effects of using nutrition, preferably as the first step in treatment by providing essential nutrients for brain health [2], among others – good nutrition for good mental health indeed.

More and more scientific evidence suggests that there should be a bigger role [1] for nutritional medicine applications in mental health also within conventional medicine, and both GPs and psychiatrists need to be more aware of the connection between food, inflammation and mental health.

Unfortunately for many patients, the concept of nutrition as an effective treatment or an aid to recovery is still often dismissed by the orthodox medicine, likely out of lack of knowledge, as medical university studies traditionally excluded nutrition and its association with disease.

Thus very few doctors have a deeper understanding of the importance of nutrition in treatment and recovery.

Yet many of them dismiss nutrition out of hand and even ridicule their patients for taking supplements or following certain diets such as Paleo, FODMAP or Mediterranean, to name a few.

It is now well-known that many mental health conditions are caused by brain inflammation [3] which ultimately can lead to the death of the brain cells. This inflammatory process actually often starts somewhere else – in the gut, when eating nutrient-poor and processed foods results in a lack of key nutrients.

These include vitamins and minerals, probiotics, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, that are all essential for the optimum functioning [4] of our bodies.

The top three nutritional deficiencies connected to poor mental health I see regularly in practice are;

All three are easy remedied by adjusting nutrition and/or supplementing for a period of time, and then adopting improved eating habits to maintain good nutrition and health status.

The results of addressing these simple deficiencies are often dramatic and life changing!

Fortunately, times are changing as the evidence mounts up for nutrition approaches to be taken seriously by the medical establishment as well as the general public.

After all, the state of our and our children’s mental health depends on it.

Please spread the message and support this video and the valuable information in it by sharing it with your family and friends.

If you or your loved ones would like help with applying nutrition to improve your health, feel free to get in touch with me by clicking HERE [6] .

Good health and blessings
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Joanna Sochan
Holistic Health and Lifestyle Therapist
Natural and Lifestyle Solutions for Abundant Health and Wellbeing

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Joanna Sochan is a Natural Therapist and founder of Naturimedica Holistic Health & Wellness. She has a passion for helping her clients transform their lives by becoming healthy and well naturally. Joanna has 10+ years experience in clinical practice and has special interest in solving complex cases, functional medicine, gut health, sleep, fatigue and chronic pain. Joanna guides her clients through her programs and eCourses as well as helping clients individually, mostly online, Australia-wide. View full bio [14].


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