Nutrition Effects Mental Health
Wednesday 09/14/2022

How Nutrition Impacts Mental Health

Your body is constantly working, even while you sleep, and it cannot function properly without the right fuel. Fueling your body with the right nutrients is one of the most important solutions for mental health illnesses. In the past, mental health conditions have been treated with medication, therapy or counseling, and in extreme cases hospitalization. However, more recently, an approach called nutritional psychiatry has emphasized how diet and nutrition affect the way people feel mentally. Nutrition effects mental health more than you might think.


The Relationship Between Nature and Mental Health

Over the past 20-30 years, mental health has become an increasingly growing issue across America and globally. There are many different ways to view this; Dr. Rimka, a holistic brain optimization specialist focusing on integrated neurotherapies, states that “the further humans get disconnected from nature, the more biologically disrupted we get.” What we put into our bodies is what we will get out of our bodies. For example, using ingredients that are organically grown, without chemicals or artificial flavors, will give your body the simple fuel it needs. 

We are intimately connected to the food we digest, and the simpler the food is, the healthier our bodies both mentally and physically will be. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated treatment for mental health. 


Can changing your diet change your mood? 

The food we eat affects our gastrointestinal systems, which are directly tied to our brains and the ways we process emotions. Every little thing our body consumes, down to light and magnesium, directly affects the health of our minds. Traditional medicine teaches this down to a science of nutritional psychics, whereas Western medicine does not address the magnitude of practicing holistic health. Moreover, traditional diets that are higher in protein, low in carbohydrates, and have a moderate level of fat intake are better for one’s mental wellbeing.

Foods that fuel your brain: 

  • Natural ketogenic fats 
  • Cholesterol
  • Eggs
  • Bone Marrow
  • Bone Broth 
  • Fatty Meats 
  • Omega-3


How we can help

September is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Optimal Bio is the leading provider of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy services, which help balance hormones which play a vital role in mental health. The company is focused on holistic health and wellness in all aspects of life, especially nutrition. If you aren’t feeling quite like yourself, we’re here to help. Contact our office today or visit us at one of our five office locations: Cary, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Charlottesville. 


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