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Nourish Your Brain for Better Mental Health

Did you know that specific nutritional deficiencies may actually cause mental illness or exacerbate existing symptoms? This is because humans require a variety and certain level of basic vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and amino acids for proper brain function and to manufacture the necessary neurotransmitter levels (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine) to maintain mental health.1,2  Without certain nutrients, it can literally be impossible for us to feel good--both mentally and physically.

Missing key nutrients. Even if you eat a healthy diet, your body may still be missing certain key nutrients. A lot of fruits and vegetables have less nutrition in them today compared to their counterparts grown decades ago. This is mainly due to soil depletion as modern agricultural methods continue to strip nutrients from the soil.3 Prescription medications such as antacids, antibiotics, cholesterol medications, anti-depressants, female hormones, anti-convulsants, anti-inflammatories, diuretics, cardiovascular drugs, and diabetes medications have also been associated with specific nutrient deficiencies.

Risk factors for depletion. You may also be at risk for nutrient deficiencies if you take in inadequate calories, have limited food diversity, or have been exposed to certain toxins. Other health conditions, such as genetic mutations, chronic illness, food allergies, and GI disease can also impact your body's ability to absorb or retain nutrients.

Mental health and depletion. Additionally, and somewhat ironically, mental health symptoms can actually put you at risk for nutrient depletion. When you are struggling with mental health issues, healthy eating can feel like a major challenge. You may crave high-sugar foods with little nutritional value, or feel overwhelmed by detailed diet plans or complex recipes. That's why we've designed a simple, easy-to-follow guide to eating for better mental health. This guide is called the Resilient Diet.


Ensure you are getting all the nutrients necessary for optimal mental health by following the six simple principles of the Resilient Diet

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References

  1. Sarris, J., Logan, A. C., Akbaraley, T. N., Amminger, G. P., Martinez, V. B., Freeman, M. P. ... Jacka, F. N. (2015). Nutritional medicine as ainstream in psychiatry. The Lancet: Psychiatry, 2(3), 271-274. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(14)00051-0
  2. O’Neil, A., Quirk, S. E., Housden, S., Brennan, S. L., Williams, L. J., Pasco, J. A., ... Jacka, F. N. (2014). Relationship between diet and mental health in children and adolescents: A systematic review. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), 31-42.  doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302110
  3. Davis, D. R., Epp, M. D., & Riordan, H. D. (2004). Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(6), 669-682.
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