Introduction to Nutritional Therapy
We as people tend to make assumptions when a person exhibits psychological symptoms; chiefly that the problem rests solely in the brain. However, it has become more clear that other organs - such as the gut - play a role in how we think and feel. Examination of the whole person and their lifestyles is required in order to better treat them. Nutritional education for doctors and mental health providers is limited, however, they are finally starting to discuss nutrition as a tool for improving mental health.
What We Eat and Do Not Eat Can Change Our Brain Chemistry
Most of us are aware, or are at least told, about how healthy foods benefit our physical health - for example: preventing heart disease and reducing risk of cancer. What we may not recognize is the subsequent positive effects of healthy food and eating for our mental health.
Nutritional interventions may be helpful to those who want to combat the adverse effects of medication. That being said, individuals may seek food-mood interventions in addition to medication to boost their chances of improving their overall mental health.
Food’s Most Profound Effect on the Brain is Through Its Impact on Gut Bacteria
Certain foods promote the growth of helpful bacteria, while others inhibit its growth. The food we eat is some of the most potent mental medicine available, many times providing similar results to prescribed drugs at a fraction of the cost and with few, if any side effects.
Treating mental health symptoms with medications or psychotherapy has been proven to help individuals, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the imbalances in your gut still aren’t there. In order to help address the root causes of an issue, one should aim to target the actual bacteria with the help of a healthy nutrition plan.