Diet is one of the most powerful and modifiable interventions we have for overall physical and mental health. Your brain works optimally when nourished with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the food you eat. Food is information that can regulate every cell in our body in real time. This means that the food you eat really does matter. Did you know that approximately 95% of your Serotonin, the neurotransmitter targeted in the treatment of depression and anxiety is made in your gastrointestinal tract. Eating a healthy diet rich in a rainbow of vegetables and healthy proteins keeps your digestive tract happy and healthy and in turn reduces the risk of physical and mental dis-ease.
Not getting enough sleep is associated with a higher risk of chronic disease, depression, and obesity. Top tips for good sleep:
Water is good for both mental and physical health..it cleanses our body and soul. Even mild dehydration can affect your mood, energy level, and ability to concentrate. Water is needed to make neurotransmitters, the chemicals that transmit signals between brain cells and hormones that control the processes of the body and brain. Adequate daily intake can improve circulation, help aid in the digestive process, improve physical performance, help lubricate your joints, and is utilized in every bodily function.
You already know exercise is good for your physical body but did you know that it can also improve your mental health? Exercise can help boost your mood, decrease anxiety, and help you sleep better! Regular exercise can give you a peaceful feeling of well-being. Research shows regular exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressants...and without the side effects. Exercise can help decrease anxiety by releasing endogenous endorphins, and other 'feel good' chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, and endocannabinoids...all natural and effective anti-anxiety and mood lifting treatments.