Wellness is an active process that integrates the health of the body and mind. Eating a healthy diet with the essential ingredients one needs to ensure that our bodies are functioning at their prime can be the first step towards creating wellness in your life. Changes such as following a gluten-free or ketogenic diet may have a positive impact on our overall physical, mental and social health. When we eat a well-balanced diet, we boost our level of alertness, physical energy, concentration, and cognition. On the contrary, eating a diet that is nutritionally inadequate will lead to complications such as fatigue and other impairments like difficulty in decision-making.
A diet that doesn’t have vital vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B, iron and calcium may affect our emotions and mood. However, there are many naturopathic approaches that can help combat these nutritional deficiencies or any other imbalances that may have developed as a result.
The correlation between nutrition and mental wellness
Some of us associate what we eat with our weight, not our mental wellness. While this is relatively true, there is also a strong correlation between nutrition and mental wellness, especially as we grow older. Hence, instead of giving seniors a diet and medication focused on keeping them fit, caregivers and relatives of these senior citizens should focus more on a diet that will keep them physically strong and boost their mental wellness..
How the foods we eat affect our moods
Around 95 percent of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep and appetite, arbitrates moods, and reduces pain, is produced in our gastrointestinal tract. Since the gastrointestinal tract has millions of nerve cells and neurons, it is safe to say that it doesn’t only help with our digestive system, but also to guide our emotions. Furthermore, the production of serotonin and the function of neurons are both highly influenced by the good bacteria that are the building blocks of the intestinal microbiome.
These essential bacteria are essential for protecting our intestinal wall linings from toxins; boost our ability to absorb nutrients from food and activate the neural pathways between the brain and the gut. That is why when we take supplements with good bacteria also called probiotics, our anxiety levels and overall mental outlook improves. Studies have shown that traditional diets with unprocessed foods, seafood, modest amounts of proteins and vegetables, lower the risk of depression. In fact, the unprocessed foods are fermented, and thus can act as natural probiotics with the good bacteria.
Cognitive and emotional health are an important part of our general wellness. At Prime Wellness we offer a wide range of supplements from that can fill gaps in nutritional needs with essential vitamins and minerals, we recommend visiting our office to speak with one of our expert practitioners who can guide you through any questions or changes you may have during your journey to improve your overall physical and mental wellness.
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