The connection between mental health and nutrition has been established for many years. With the decline in the quality of our diets and the increase in stress in our lives; our bodies and brains get depleted of the vital nutrients that it needs help us cope with the ups and downs of life. When certain vitamins, minerals, or neurotransmitters get depleted it can lead to someone experiencing a variety a symptoms such as worry, low self esteem, feelings of overwhelm, irritability, tension, sadness, and tearfulness just to name a few.
These symptoms get labeled as disorders like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Our genetics do play a role in the development of these disorders but our lifestyle impacts whether these genes get expressed. This is called epigenetic, which takes into consideration what lifestyle factors are contributing to the expression of certain genes.
Through a combination of assessments and potential lab testing, your clinician will be able to identify what areas or your brain may be lacking the right neurotransmitters, and recommend certain supplements and diets that can help support a increase in these neurotransmitters. Amino Acid and mental health nutrition therapy along with traditional talk therapy treats the bio chemical and psychological components of mental heath issues and provides a more holistic approach to healing and symptom relief. Additionally, aminos and diet recommendations can be made for clients that are already on psychiatric drugs.