It is estimated that 15 million Americans suffer from depression. If you’re one of them, you may surprised to know that diet plays an important role in mental health. So much so, that is has inspired an entire field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the mind-body connection and understand that your thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact your physical health. You also know that chronic stress is bad for you.
Although most of us know this, we often continue living our daily lives on autopilot, mostly unaware of the feedback loop playing in our heads that form our beliefs about ourselves, our identity, and our capacity to heal. We’ve normalized stress to the point that we just accept we will live out our days with at least low-level anxiety about our growing to-do list and wondering, subconsciously, “Will I ever be enough?”
The conventional approach to dealing with anxiety is to medicate. If you’ve dealt with anxiety that is disruptive to your quality of life, there’s a good chance you’ve been told there’s a neurotransmitter imbalance in your brain that can be corrected through medications like Valium, Xanax, or Klonopin (benzodiazepines).
In a previous post, we discussed how depression is not merely a chemical imbalance, but rather has a root cause that could be related to inflammation in the body due to food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, stress, trauma, and environmental toxins.
The same is true for anxiety.
It is estimated that today, nearly 50 percent of Americans will struggle with mood symptoms, and 11 percent will be medicated for them. Psychiatric medications are now the second leading class of drugs sold, after cholesterol-lowering drugs. With side effects ranging from nausea to blurred vision, sexual dysfunction to suicidality, they must be effective enough to warrant such risks, right?
How to Practice Mindfulness — When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions.
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