Nutritional psychiatry explores the relationship between diet quality and mental health.
Our brains work 24/7 from the day we are born. Our diet is as important to our “state of mind” as it is to our general physical well-being. Think about it… our minds demand high quality nutrients…just like any other high-functioning machine that needs fuel to operate.
Malnutrition can lead to cell inflammation, malformation and degeneration of the brain, impacting our cognitive powers, moods and behaviors. This can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.
Nutritional psychiatry helps us understand how we can improve our mental health one bite at a time. Expert advice may include eating clean for 2-3 weeks. Adding probiotics which have been shown to ease anxiety and stress, and trying fermented foods like kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, pickles or kombucha.