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At Naturally Nice Nutrition we assess your mental state and stress levels as part of your initial assessment process.
We will show you ways in which you can use natural foods, oils and herbs to help combat stress and help with more serious mental health problems if needed. It is possible with the right foods and lifestyle you can help the brain to grow new nerve cells, adapt and replenish. This is called neurogenesis and research has show this protects the brain from the effects of stress, anxiety and depression.
Nutrition and mental health are both vast growing areas of research, with newly designed clinical studies on the positive effects of nutrition on health and well-being now being sanctioned. A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional Psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.
Diet and poor nutrition are both risk factors for mental health problems, with several vitamin and mineral deficiencies associated to anxiety and depression. Food affects how we think, feel and behave. There is undeniably a food and mood connection, with evidence that indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems. The brain is sensitive to what we eat and drink. If you eat toxic and unhealthy foods, it will lead to toxic and unhealthy thoughts. Feeding the mind with good foods, and thoughts help to create a healthy environment for new neurons, to thrive and new neuro - pathways to be made.
Many people do not eat enough of the essential nutrients needed for good brain health. The brain needs a constant supply of fuel from foods and requires different amounts of carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Studies show that people that take probiotic supplements have an improved mental outlook and perception of stress. Some probiotics have shown to improve stress, anxiety and depression.
Combinations of nutrients are used to feed the brain and to make neurotransmitters that regulate mood and give clarity to our thinking. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that carry messages between brain cells. A balance in neurotransmitters is essential for good mental health. Imbalances can be caused by problems with receptors, lack of nutrition and problems with the brains mechanisms for mopping up neurotransmitters after their job is done. Neurotransmitters are made from nutrients from the foods you eat. 90% of serotonin (a feel good neurotransmitter) is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. Neurotransmitters play an important role in regulating the gut-brain axis.
The gastrointestinal tract is lined with a 100 million nerve cells. The function of these neurons and the production of neurotransmitters, like serotonin, are highly influenced by the billions of good bacteria, that make up your microbiome. Fluctuations in gut bacteria has been associated with mood and cognition. When the gastrointestinal tract is in turmoil it can create fluctuations in mood. A big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut. High co-morbidities exist between certain psychiatric disorders and gastrointestinal disorders with IBS closely linked to anxiety.