Nutrition for Mental Health
Nourish your brain
DID YOU KNOW ... YOUR BRAIN IS ONE OF THE HUNGRIEST ORGANS IN THE BODY!
While we may not naturally think of the brain as an organ which needs nourishing, the brain is actually the hungriest organ in the body, using 20-25% of our daily calories. It has some very specific needs for nutrients to function adequately - and optimally.
An inadequately nourished brain can contribute to common mental health conditions and inability to cope with stress.
A well nourished brain can help to support our mood, memory, learning, restorative sleep, resilience to stress and stability. These are the characteristics of 'optimal brain health'.
Nutrition can help
support brain health
TRAUMA & PTSD
The Lancet Psychiatry has recognised the compelling evidence base for "nutrition as a crucial factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders". They urge that nutrition should be as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology.
A 'bio-psycho-social' approach to mental health considers the biological, psychological and social influences.
How nutrition can help towards optimal mental health
I can help to unravel extensive information obtained through detailed analysis of your
symptoms, health history, family history, diet and lifestyle.
Functional lab testing
can also help to detect issues relating to mental health, such as:
Neurotransmitter production and metabolism, including serotonin, melatonin and dopamine
Adrenal hormones such as cortisol and DHEA
Intestinal microbiome balance contributing to the gut-brain axis
Nutrient status affecting healthy brain function