Mental Health Awareness Week takes place in the UK this year from 14-20 May. The focus for 2018 is stress.
If you read our blog regularly, you may be used to seeing advice and insight into the ways that certain nutrients can benefit physical health. What about our mental health though? Can a nutrient rich diet benefit us?
A growing body of evidence suggests that diet is as important to your mental health as it is to physical health. A healthy diet helps to protect us whereas an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for conditions including depression and anxiety.
Additionally, the growing field of nutritional psychiatry is making the case that food and medicine don’t have to represent two distinct paths to mental health. In fact, diet can play a significant role in comprehensive mental health treatment.
Stress increases our risk of addictive and destructive behaviour; of developing anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. It also increases risks of physical health problems including heart disease, insomnia, muscle pain and damages our immune system. Stress has also been linked to cancer, both through increasing inflammation in the body - which can aid the spread of cancer - and through greater risk of central obesity.
Research suggests that some mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain, which can ultimately cause our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response begins in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food. Missing nutrients can include magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for bodies to function at their optimum level.
Omega 3 fatty acids in particular are critical for the development and function of the central nervous system. A lack of omega 3 fatty acids has been associated with low mood, cognitive decline and poor comprehension.
By adopting a diet that provides enough complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water, you can help to protect a balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing.
Elementary Vital has the optimum ratio of omega 3 & 6 according to research. It also contains antioxidants, lignans, fibre and other valuable nutrients that boost the immune system, balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation. Elementary Vital is an essential supplement for feeling energised and fighting the effects of stress.
We always advise that you consult a health professional if you are concerned about your mental health.
Good Nutrition – It’s ELEMENTARY!