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Discovering the Healing Potential of Supplements

Psychology is a growing science and many practitioners have started to shift from an environmental and chemical view of mental health and mental illness to a whole-body perspective.


The brain and body are connected and what you consume, your sleep hygiene, your level of exercise, as well as pre-existing or new medical conditions can contribute to your mental health. While the discovery and development of psychotropic medications have greatly contributed to the alleviation and stabilization of many mental health issues, many people don’t want to rely on medications and seek alternative treatments.


A Holistic Approach


Holistic therapies have proven to be an effective treatment for many medical and mental health problems including anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, ADHD, and OCD.  Holistic therapies focus on the mind’s power to heal itself as well as natural resources to aid in the process.


Supplements and diet are a part of a holistic treatment approach. Supplements aid in adding or replenishing much-needed vitamins in our body for healthy functioning.  Many individuals don’t realize they may have a vitamin or nutrient deficiency that is causing an imbalance and negatively affecting their mental health.


For example, low vitamin B12 contributes to symptoms that mimic depression, and low B1 can exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Low magnesium causes sleep problems and constipation, and low iron can cause fatigue and hair loss.


Other supplements that are not regularly found in our diet such as GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid), NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), Kava Kava, and Lions Mane Mushroom just to name a few offer benefits such as improved sleep, alleviation from depressive and anxiety symptoms, and a feeling of calmness and relaxation. You can also add many natural teas and foods to your diet to enhance your mental health.


How to boost effectiveness


If you have been considering a more naturopathic or holistic approach to improve your mental health then consider supplements along with other holistic methods including the elimination or decrease of processed/packaged foods, substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs; more whole foods including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; exercise, acupuncture, and mindfulness practices like yoga, prayer, meditation, grounding and relaxation techniques.

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