The popular discourse around wellness tends to bifurcate human beings firmly into mind and body, with physical health and mental health in two separate categories, each with their own maladies and remedies. But medical science has discovered that there’s much more of a connection between mind and body than we often assume. For example: exercise isn’t just good for your cardiovascular health, it boosts your mood by releasing endorphins, which activate the body’s opiate receptors and give us a feeling of calmness and pleasure. Our impulse, when confronted with a mental health problem, is typically to treat it with talk therapy or psychotropic medication, but often, natural remedies that target problems with the body can be just as effective (or bolster the efficacy of these therapeutic treatments). The mind and body are not separate, they are one, and what affects one affects the other. And adjustments to your diet could be one way of drastically improving your mental well-being. Something as simple as eating spinach could improve your mental health in a major way.
Diet and Mental Health- The subject of natural remedies often raises the suspicion in those of us familiar with the quackery of so-called “alternative medicines.” But the link between mental health and diet isn’t spiritual, ephemeral mumbo-jumbo; it’s a scientific fact based on what we know about hormone balances, blood sugar, and neurotransmitter production in the gut. Eating the wrong foods, or the right foods but in the wrong amounts, can cause a host of problems that affect the mind just as much as the stomach. Problems resulting from diet include painful inflammation throughout the body that can trigger your brain’s stress response, undiagnosed allergic reactions, and spikes and crashes in blood sugar that trigger anxiety and depression. And neurotransmitters, the chemicals that are responsible for our moods, need certain dietary nutrients to be produced in the right quantities. That’s where spinach comes in… Continue Reading>>>>