Who would have thought that food quality and how we prepare it can have a profound impact on our mental health? I believe many who suffer from mental health issues could see improvement in mood and energy levels [without medications], just by changing their diet to a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet. Can it really be that simple?
Neurotransmitters are often called the body’s chemical messengers. They are the molecules used by the nervous system to transmit messages from neurons to muscles. The levels of our neurotransmitters are affected by the decisions we make. Diet, exercise and our state of mind all influence our mental health. One of the most influential controls we have over the levels of our neurotransmitters is nutrition. The need for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids (EFA’s), enzymes, etc. all impact our body’s level of neurotransmitters. If we don’t make or take in the necessary nutrients available to the body, we are unable to produce proteins and neurotransmitters we need. Shortages of these nutrients can lead to anger, depression, hyperactivity, addictions, just to name a few. Adequate digestion is key to the process.
Digestion plays a major role in supporting good mental health. We need to supply the body with specific micronutrients such as:
Iron Fatty Acids
Lithium Amino Acids
Proper stomach pH is needed to create neurotransmitters. Proper liver and gallbladder function are also needed to enable you to digest healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins. We need to be able to absorb the micronutrients mentioned above. The liver and colon must have open elimination pathways to remove toxins from the body. Your intestines are the primary production site of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter and thought to be the contributor to the feeling of well-being and happiness. Lastly, proper bowel flora is needed to provide vitamin B12. As you can see the foundation of proper digestion is key to supporting mental health and well-being.
Pat Garner holds certifications in Professional, Addiction & Recovery Coaching, is a Sedona Method Facilitator and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. Most recently, a number of her articles on addiction and wellness have been featured by the World Coaching Institute. She has earned the reputation as a dedicated leader and advocate of change.
During her own journey from addiction fifteen years ago, Pat discovered the world of holistic health and wellness that led to her adopt and promote a ketogenic lifestyle that has become an integral part of her mission to awaken people to their infinite potential so they can achieve lasting personal success in all areas of life. Pat invites reader comments and questions. Pat@PutOldonHoldJournal.com