The Link Between Nutrition and Mental Health

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The mind and body are always more connected than we think.

We are nearing 2019 and that means most of us are starting to think about our New Year’s resolutions. We’re all familiar with the goals to support and improve our physical health. These include sayings like “Go to the gym at least 4 times a week, stop eating Mcdonalds and get abs of steel.” But what we often fail to address in our quest for improved wellness is our mental and emotional health.

Over the last couple of years, mental health awareness has gained a lot of traction around. This is due to more people openly expressing their struggles with mental health. Along with the increase in mental health problems we also see a rise in processed foods and nutrient deficiencies. Studies show that of all the organs in our body, the brain is the one most easily damaged by a poor diet.

How your physical health affects your mental health

According to an article by Mind Body Green “What we eat directly affects not only our physical health but our mental and emotional health. When we are lacking in the right quantities of vitamins and minerals. Consuming unprocessed foods means a lack of vitamins and minerals absorption. Due to a poorly functioning body, we become more susceptible to conditions such as depression.”

There’s also increasing evidence that suggests that our gut plays an important role in mental health. According to a senior lecturer on health and wellbeing at the Open University, “many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain which ultimately causes our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients. Foods including magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals are essential for the optimum functioning of our bodies.”

Fortunately, lifestyle changes can be made to help bring gut bacteria closer to equilibrium, in turn influencing your emotional health. These changes include staying away from sugar, eating more whole foods, acquiring enough vitamins and minerals. 

How can our IV Vitamin Infusions help improve your mood?

Researchers have studied the association between vitamins, minerals and specific foods that combat depression and boost our mood. It is important to note that IV Vitamin Infusions aren’t meant to replace prescribed medication or other doctor-approved therapies. But they can be helpful additions to your care plan.

Our Myers cocktail contains:

  • Multi-minerals
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C, B5, B6, B12 and B complex

Magnesium

Magnesium minimises inflammation in the gut. Without it, good gut bacteria is exposed to potential harm, and it can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate. It also helps ease depression and anxiety by raising levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin. It also normalising stress hormones.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties aid digestion by helping the body absorb iron and promote healthy gums and teeth. It protects the nervous system which leads to emotional stability, better memory, and a sense of calm. Our bodies require antioxidants such as vitamin C to keep free radicals in check. When there are more free radicals than antioxidants, oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative stress can cause neuropsychological disorders like depression and anxiety.

B Vitamins

B vitamins help the body create red blood cells and gain energy from food. Digestive health depends on the stomach to function correctly, which in turn requires B vitamins. B vitamins protect the abdomen from distress and ensure the stomach and intestines work.

While these aren’t the only vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy moods and alleviate depression, they play a major role. Start the new year right by not only focusing on your physical health but also your mental health.