Mental Health: The Critical Role Nutrition Plays

Mental Health: The Critical Role Nutrition Plays


Hi, Dr. Huntington here. In this video,
let’s explore the link between food and the health of your brain. The
link between nutritional deficiencies and physical health is well accepted, but the link between diet and mental health tends to get less emphasis – especially in the traditional healthcare model. This doesn’t make any
sense because there’s a well-established connection between diet
and mental function. Nutrition should really be a first-line
therapy when it comes to mental health. In this video, let’s take a look at
some of the basic brain-nourishing nutrients and where to find
them. When we look at the chemical side of brain dysfunction, the
two things that stand out as contributing to poor mental health or
systemic inflammation you know and that means inflammation in your entire body
and in imbalance or a deficiency in neurotransmitters you know which are the
chemical messengers in your brain and poor brain function can stem from you
know one or both of these you know and this can cause a person to experience
symptoms like depression or anxiety of memory loss and problems within you know
with a attention also problems like sleep problems like insomnia you know or
social withdrawal or you know even aggression you know or you know all the
different forms of dementia so a mental deterioration right can be a result of
chronic inflammation but interestingly enough mental deterioration also tends
to activate inflammation you know so it becomes like a cycle you know which gets
worse and worse over time so here’s an example of why inflammation is
problematic I’m in order you know to have a healthy brain you have to have
enough serotonin but inflammation interferes with the release of serotonin
in fact low levels of serotonin you know are often observed in people diagnosed
as like autistic or bipolar or diagnosed as having ADHD or schizophrenia now food
you know foods don’t contain actual and neurotransmitters such as
serotonin but foods do contain the basic building blocks that your body needs to
synthesize neurotransmitters some of the vital brain nourishing nutrients include
things like vitamin D and vitamin E as well as the B vitamins the essential
fatty acids EPA and DHA magnesium as well as amino acids the amino acids of
course make a protein you know and there are precursors for neurotransmitters
like serotonin so if you’re not getting enough amino acids you know that can
have an influence on brain behavior vitamin D plays a huge role in mental
health you know by reducing inflammation but also by influencing both brain genes
and influencing the conversion of the amino acid tryptophan into the brain
chemical serotonin and in the United States you know some studies suggest
that as much as 80% of the population you know have vitamin D levels that are
too low now EPA and DHA are are two important fatty acids you know that you
must get from your diet and which are critical for proper brain function you
get epa and DHA from eating fatty fish you know such as wild caught salmon you
know in a less common source would be seaweed now give it to get enough epa
and DHA for hell you know healthy brain function you know you need to get it
daily you know preferably in your food you know but for most people you know
you’ll also need to take like a fish oil supplement as well now one of the things
that EPA does is it restores proper serotonin levels and it does this by
decreasing inflammatory signaling molecules in your brain it’s partner DHA
works to increase the fluidity of cell membranes you know so that serotonin can
reach its receptors again for most people you know getting enough epa and
DHA is going to include taking a fish oil supplement on a daily basis now in
terms of your overall approach to eating you know you want to eat an
anti-inflammatory diet you know richen nutrient dense foods which will
support the production of neurotransmitters and enzymes you know
what your brain needs in order to function properly and this is gonna mean
you know staying away from processed foods and added sugar refined grains and
conventional dairy you know as I mentioned before you know including the
right supplements you know into your routine is going to be key as well it’s
one of the keys to you know really making sure that you have a healthy
brain particularly if you’re already having trouble now some of the key
products in the body manual line include d3 k – right that’s vitamin D but it
also includes vitamin K which always should be taken in combination with
vitamin D you don’t want to take vitamin D in the absence of vitamin K so that
supplement contains both as well as omega-3 fish oil that product of course
has a concentrated amounts of EPA and DHA also a body calm you know which
provides magnesium and that’s a mineral that eighty percent of Americans just
don’t get enough of magnesium not only aids in the formation of serotonin
that’s the neurotransmitter you know but it also helps to adjust blood glucose
levels and that’s another factor that influences mental health another product
that I formulated to support brain health is called super memory boost and
this formula provides key brain nutrients you know many of which target
and reduce inflammation and you can you can find all of these formulas at body
manual calm now before I end here you know I also want to share with you one
of my favorite brain boosting foods as well it’s called kimchi it’s a fermented
cabbage that’s loaded with magnesium and antioxidants and in a friendly bacteria
that actually produces gaba that’s GA VA which is a neurotransmitter
that promotes you know calm mood and relaxation and is a key to getting a
good night’s sleep so be sure to eat you know an anti-inflammatory diet you know
something like the Paleo diet or a healthy keto diet have some kimchi and
be sure to get plenty of these brain boosting nutrients these guys the
vitamin D a and B as well as EPA and DHA the
magnesium and the amino acids alright so if you found this information helpful go
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