Are you really what you eat?
Many recent studies have focused on the role of certain nutrients that may impact depression and anxiety. Some of the nutrients below can be obtained from supplements. Others will want to seek out foods that are rich in these natural products. Either way, caring for your mental health involves doing things good for your body as well.
What are some of the most promising?
- Fish Oil. The Omega fatty acids are well documented in health benefits. Fish oil has a beneficial effect on our circulatory and nervous system, which may improve blood flow, coronary health and is known to support healthy nerves and brain pathways.
- B vitamins (including Folic acid) are good for mild to moderate depression. They also may help by increasing the effect of anti-depressant medications.
- Spices such as ginger, turmeric and cumin. These herbs are known to be anti-inflammatory, and are often recommended for treatment of pain and anxiety. While benefit for depression is less well documented, many believe anti-inflammatories offer promise for “brain diseases” such as Alzheimer’s and depression.
- Probiotics. Recent study reports benefit for persons struggling with depression and IBS. This may have benefit for people who find their depression is often accompanied by digestive problems, including loss of appetite. This may also result in a reduction of activity in an area of the brain involved with emotion, which may offer some people better emotional regulation or control.
How can you implement these in your life? One strategy is through use of nutritional supplements. Implementing these in your cooking and food preparation provide additional benefits. Cooking is a very basic form of self care. When you prepare your own healthy meals, you are telling yourself you are worth caring for and about. Cooking your meals is a way of affirming your value and self worth. It is a statement about being worth the time and trouble to feed. It is valuable self care and self love. It is nurturing yourself both physically and mentally. When you take the time to cook and (hopefully) enjoy a delicious healthy meal you are caring for yourself (and others) in a very basic manner. Meals don’t have to be fancy or perfect. They just have to be made with love.
If you are having difficulty finding the effort and energy to care for yourself in this basic fashion, call the professionals at Ketamine Wellness Centers. Our staff can assist you with ketamine treatments, counseling, and nutritional supplements that can help you get on the path to quality self-care and a healthier lifestyle. Don’t let depression or anxiety difficulties continue to ruin your day. We can help you find your path to health and wellbeing.
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.