Updated: Nov 10
Let's talk about nutrition and mental wellness. I didn't say mental illness. I've learned people sometimes confuse the two.
When it comes to overall health and wellbeing, the connection between nutrition and mental wellness is often overlooked. However, research has shown that what we put into our bodies can have a significant impact on our moods, cognitive function, and overall mental wellness.
What's to Gain by Focusing on Nutrition and Mental Wellness?
Taking care of our mental wellness involves focusing on our mindset, emotional stability, and overall positive functioning. This includes: - Being emotionally resilient and capable of coping with life's challenges. - Recognizing our strengths and abilities. - Nurturing healthy relationships. - Maintaining productive work habits. - Being fully engaged in our overall well-being. - Staying active, getting enough restful sleep, and maintaining a joyful state of mind.
Let's explore the relationship between nutrition and mental wellness and some tips to help you maintain a healthy mind and body.
The Gut-Brain Connection
It's been said that the gut is like a second brain, and it's not hard to see why. The gut is home to millions of neurons that send signals to the brain, influencing our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. This means that what we eat can directly impact our mental health. Eating a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can lead to chronic inflammation in the gut, which in turn can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. On the other hand, eating a diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help support a healthy gut microbiome and promote optimal mental health.
Certain nutrients have been shown to have a direct impact on mood. For example, omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel have been shown to reduce inflammation and improve mood. B-vitamins like folate and vitamin B12 are also important for mental health, as they help support the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Antioxidants like vitamin C and E are also important for protecting brain cells and reducing inflammation. Eating a balanced diet that includes these mood-boosting nutrients can help support mental wellness.
The Role of Hormones
Hormones play a significant role in mental wellness. Imbalances in hormones like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression. Blood sugar imbalances can also impact hormones and mood. Eating a diet high in fiber and protein can help stabilize blood sugar levels and support hormonal balance.
Additionally, incorporating synergistic supplements that contain adaptogenics like ashwagandha and holy basil into your diet can further support hormonal health and promote mental wellbeing.
Products that Support Mental Wellness
When it comes to supporting mental wellness through nutrition, as a Certified Mental Wellness Coach, I recommend products that are designed to support emotional wellbeing, reduce stress, and balance hormones. Here are three of my top recommendations for those ready to start making a difference in how they approach every day in a positive and joyful way:
- Reboot+: This gentle 3-day gut reset program consists of natural cleansing herbs and phytonutrients to assist the body’s own detoxification process – specifically formulated to reboot your gut-brain axis and support optimal mental wellness.
- Mood+ : This product is designed to support emotional wellbeing and reduce stress. It contains a blend of adaptogenic herbs and other nutrients help reduce occasional feelings of depression, anxiety, tension, nervousness, and sleeplessness. This will help you get yourself back to feeling joyful and motivated
- Energy+: This product contains a blend of adaptogenic herbs and other nutrients to support sustained energy throughout the day. It's a great option for those struggling with fatigue and low mental flow. Perfect as an energy drink without the jitters or crash like other high-stimulant or high-sugar energy drinks
Does this sound like something that might help you? These product suggestions can be purchased separately or in one of the bundles below that comes with everything you need to make Happy Juice as well. Either selection below contains a FREE Reboot+ gift and an additional $10 off from me.
Nutrition plays a crucial role in mental wellness. With a balanced diet and mindset, you can support lifelong mental wellness and live your best life.
Download a free copy of my 9-Tips for Eating Your Way to a Happy Fall! It's the perfect time to up your antioxidant game, give your immune system a boost, help improve cognitive funtion, energy, improve mood, and boost overall mental well-being.
Until next time.
Nelea R. Lane
a/k/a The Happy Juice Chick