There are increasing studies that are showing the relationship between gut biome and mental health. Looking from a holistic perspective subtle changes in diet can have an enormous impact on overall health and mood. I would strongly encourage you to explore this option and the effects of adding probiotics, omega-3s, practicing a Mediterranean/Paleo/Whole 30 diet and the impact it has on your perspective. There are some great resources in this area that can support and guide you through this transformation.
One of my goals for 2020 is to begin certification for nutritional wellness coaching through the Integrative Nurtition Institute. I firmly believe that what we put in our body has a huge impact on our emotions. There have been numerous documentaries and studies pertaining to the impact our relationship with food has with our mental health. The “feel good hormone” or serotonin that is known to elevate mood and reduce depression and anxiety is produced in our gut! If we are putting processed foods or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our body it can contribute to what is called “leaky gut syndrome” where our intestinal tract loses integrity and actually becomes porous. Imagine a garden hose, if you were to prick holes throughout the hose the water would not directly flow, that is what occurs with leaky gut syndrome, only it is our body’s waste that is getting recirculated throughout the body. Gross right? It is no wonder that our society is starting to see a spike in chronic inflammatory conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, migraines, multiple sclerosis, etc. Here is a study conducted by Harvard that highlights the gut-brain connection: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-gut-brain-connection.
Please stay tuned for future developments of Wise Zen Therapy expanding to health coaching. I encourage you to explore more and look in to gut biome testing to determine if anything is out of balance: https://ubiome.com
Here is a few resources that may help connect you on the path to internal balance:
Nutritional Consult Resources
- Dr. Elena Villanueva
- Stacey Loop
- Snap Kitchen
- Modern Market