Finally, more and more healthcare professionals are talking about how what we eat not only affects our physical health, but affects our mental health as well. The food we eat is digested by microbes in our gut that create neurotransmitters. 90% of serotonin is created in our gut. Eating acid-based and processed foods can create inflammation within our gut (as I've written about in my previous post about gut health) that discourages our gut to be able to send neurotransmitters
Although part of coping with a depressed mood is riding out the wave of emotion, more importantly the rest comes from 'doing.' When we feel depressed, most of the time the last thing we want to do is to get up and engage in any sort of activity or task. However, the best thing for us when feeling sad, unmotivated and/or fatigued is to get up and get out. Below, I provide coping mechanisms to tackle each part of depression: cognitive, emotional and physical. When you notice th
The importance of gut health More often than not, I have clients struggling with anxiety and depression that also have problems with digestion. Our "gut" says a lot about our overall health, especially our mental health. If our digestive system is not in balance and our parasympthaetic nervous system is not properly activated, we can thus experience a whole slew of extra problems such as immune deficiencies, anxiety, depression, chronic diarrhea, skin/allergy reactions, forge
Article specially written for CounselingByTheSeaNJ.com By: Freya Amber We live in a fast-paced world where stress and lack of sleep are normalized as inevitable — even valued — parts of work life. However, there comes a point where you have to stop putting self-care on the back burner, otherwise you will end up going down the rabbit hole and facing burn-out.
So if you find yourself feeling excessively sluggish, unable to concentrate, and fighting to focus, you may have to