How Does My State of Health Impact My Mental Health Symptoms?

The body, mind, and spirit all work together as one unified system. If one is out of harmony with the other, we experience what we deem as “symptoms” such as anxiety, depression, or brain fog. Many have been told that for certain diagnoses such as #anxiety or #depression, medication will be needed for life, yet this has been shown to lack validity. In fact, psychiatric medications have many concerning side effects, lack a high efficacy rate, and have adverse health effects on the body.

There are many causes for mental health symptoms. For example, people are able to reverse their mental health diagnosis by fixing their nutritional #imbalances, underlying gut infections or inflammation, and cut back on chemical exposures in our food, household products, and more, to name a few. Nutrient imbalances, such as a vitamin B deficiency, can bring on depression symptoms whereas a magnesium deficiency can contribute to anxiety symptoms or insomnia.

In an interesting case example, a lady who was unsuccessfully treated with medication, was experiencing symptoms, as Dr. Brogan writes, such as “tearfulness, anxiety, movement abnormalities, constipation, lethargy, and eventually perceptual disturbances (hearing her name called) and the ultimate in severe psychiatric pathology: catatonia. Despite her inpatient treatment, she remained suicidal, depressed, and lethargic.

"Within two months of identifying her deficiency, and subsequent B12 treatment, she reverted to her baseline of 14 years previous, and remained stable with no additional treatment” (Brogan, n.d.).

This case exemplifies one of the endless possibilities that can be resolved by #functionalmedicine and root cause approaches. Without sufficient nutrients during the day, the brain’s neurotransmitters will not function properly, impacting mood.

What we ingest daily contributes to our mood. Many know of the impact that certain unhealthful foods can have on how we feel, but many do not know of certain hidden triggers for mental health struggles. For example, gluten and casein (casein is from dairy) can bring about depression, and Roundup linked with GMOs, as Dr. Brogan states

“disrupts our microbiome, messing with the production of essential amino acids like tryptophan, absorption of minerals, and detoxification in the liver” (Brogan team, n.d.).

If individuals are prescribed psychiatric medication, they can be stuck in an endless loop of many different pharmaceuticals that may have marginal effectiveness, if any, and can also create worse symptoms. It is, therefore, imperative for individuals to become informed on how their nutrition affects their mental health, and how a #holistic approach is needed for a proper resolution of symptoms for a #lifestyle that reflects deep wellness and wholeness. Rapid City Counseling views therapy through a holistic lens and can also give excellent community referrals for root cause health interventions for a well-rounded approach.



Brogan Team. (n.d.) 5 Foods That Cause Depression. Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Brogan, K. (n.d.). Vitamin B12 Deficiency: A Trigger for Depression and Anxiety? Kelly Brogan, M.D.

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