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137. A Balanced Approach to Medications, Supplements, and Nutrition to Support Mood (encore)

In this episode of the Joy Lab podcast, we're exploring a more balanced approach to supporting brain chemistry. Understanding brain chemistry for mental health is really important... it's not everything, but it's important (we'll get into those other important areas later in this series). In this episode, we'll touch on dietary strategies, supplements, and foods to support mood and resilience.


Watch this episode on YouTube.


Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab
00:45 Introducing the Resilience and Hope Series
01:13 The Carrot, Egg, and Coffee Recap: Models of Resilience
02:06 Understanding Our Responses to Stress
02:47 The Role of Temperament in Mental Health
05:46 Brain Chemistry: A Dynamic Influence on Our Wellbeing
08:31 Medications and Mental Health: A Balanced View
11:50 Supplements and Nutrition: Strategies for Balancing Brain Chemistry
19:15 The Resilient Diet: Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul
26:36 Closing Thoughts and Future Conversations


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Sources and Notes:

  • Joy Lab Program: Take the next leap in your wellbeing journey with step-by-step practices to help you build and maintain the elements of joy in your life. Your Joy Lab membership also includes our NMH Community!
    • NMH Community: Access lots of extra resilience-boosting resources (like our Sleeping Well Workshop) AND you'll join a group of inspiring folks who play an integral role in keeping this podcast going... which means powerful resources stay accessible to everyone. 
  • Free Resilience Quiz and free Mini-CourseBased on decades of clinical experience, we've created a model of resilience that is both helpful and practical. True to our approach at Natural Mental Health, we start with strengths. You'll identify these strengths in your Resilience Type. Your Resilience Type highlights your unique strengths, what fuels your joy, what keeps you in balance, and the lifestyle practices that most nourish you. After you find your Resilience Type, sign up for your free mini-course to receive tailored lifestyle practices (e.g., foods to eat more of, ideal forms of exercise, supplements, and mindfulness activities) that can support your mood, resilience, and overall wellbeing.
  • Joy Lab Podcast #13 (The Roots of Resilience) This episode is a broad overview of what we'll be talking about over the next 9 episodes. It's a really helpful summary!
  • Chemistry of Calm (Dr. Emmons' book referenced in this series)
  • The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change (book)  
  • Where to shop:
    • Our partner store at Fullscript: This is where you can find high-quality supplements and wellness products. Except for our CBD Gummies, any product links mentioned in the show notes below will require an accountSign up for your free Fullscript account here: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/nmh/store-start
    • Resilient Remedies: This is where you can find our line of trusted, high-quality CBD gummies: https://www.resilientremedies.com/
  • Subscribe to our Newsletter: Join us over at NaturalMentalHealth.com for exclusive emails, updates, and additional strategies.
  • Check out our favorite resilience-boosting reads: https://bookshop.org/shop/NMHreads

Please remember that this content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice and is not a replacement for advice and treatment from a medical professional. Please consult your doctor or other qualified health professional before beginning any diet change, supplement, or lifestyle program.

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