Leslie Carol Botha: Although women are reaching out for help with their anxiety and depression – the problem sadly, is much greater. We are at the tip of the iceberg in terms of declining mental health in our country. We are going to see more and more senseless and violent acts as we continue to disconnect from our self and others around us. Declining mental health is like falling down the rabbit hole in your brain. As much as you want to get out – it becomes too difficult. None of us are getting the nutrients we need to sustain our health. And our mental health is the first to go.
The brain needs nutrition to function. Where is your source of amino acids, and minerals coming from? These are the building blocks of the brain. I am familiar with Bonnie Kaplan through the work and independent studies she has conducted on the Truehope EMPowerplus supplement.
The EMPowerplus is now available at Q Sciences for anyone who wants to optimize their brain functioning.
I cannot stress how vital it is to focus on nutrating the brain. Once the brain is getting the nutrients it needs to heal the body, then the rest of the systems in the body become healthy.
Vitamin D3 is another important supplement – especially since very few of us spend time in the sunlight.
It is time to climb out of the rabbit hole.
Nutrition and Mental Health
Many of the posts on MadInAmerica are devoted to looking at solutions that are more promising than medications. The two of us are so pleased to be able to fill in one of the very large gaps in the topics covered thus far: the role of nutrition in mental health.
As research psychologists (and Julia is also a clinical psychologist) who have spent years studying nutrition in relation to mental health, behaviour, and brain development, we know how beneficial nutrition can be for some people tackling mental health problems. But we also know that many readers are not yet aware of the tremendous scientific inroads made on this topic over the last decade. Julia is faced with this issue when teaching clinical psychology students – many enter the field believing that the only way to influence psychological symptoms is either through talking therapies or through giving a medication that affects the brain. They are typically genuinely surprised that our brains can be influenced by what we eat.
When we give various lectures on this topic around the world, one of the surprising things for both of us is the ‘disconnect’ in the public awareness. Even people who are very knowledgeable about the importance of nutrition and other life style factors for physical health, are not yet aware of the empirical research demonstrating that these life style variables significantly influence brain health. In today’s post, we want to write about why this disconnect is sort of silly.