It’s not a surprise that the mind-body relationship is tied to nutrition and mental health. The more you nourish your body with the right microbes, the more likely you are to have more energy, confidence, and overall physical and emotional health.
Food and Health: The True Mind-Body Connection
Our minds and bodies are a team. They work together to keep your body in optimal order and need good nutrients to keep things going. Your brain works hard to manage your movements, thoughts, breathing, and overall communication with the rest of your body. It needs vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to do a good job.
Understanding The Gut Connection
Research continues to highlight the impressive relationship between your overall health/mental health and your gut bacteria levels. Our guts contain microbes, which impact both body and brain functioning. Most human gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin which the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes as well as mental processes such as learning, memory and mood. Gut bacteria produces about 05% of the body’s supply of serotonin and 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut which sends signals to the brain which impacts mood and GI activity.
Diet and mood
A recent study suggests that eating a healthy, balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet and avoiding inflammation-producing foods may be protective against depression. Another study outlines an Antidepressant Food Scale, which lists 12 antidepressant nutrients related to the prevention and treatment of depression. Some of the foods containing these nutrients are oysters, mussels, salmon, watercress, spinach, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, and strawberries.
A better diet can help, but it’s only one part of treatment. It’s important to note that just like you cannot eat your way out of feeling depressed or anxious. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you continue to have these feelings.