Many studies show the correlation between food, mental health and the gut brain axis. Ongoing research leans heavily to the gastrointestinal system, its reaction to oxidative stress and the inflammatory response and the role that these play in mental health.
Insights into the causation of mental disorders is groundbreaking today and growing with rapid acceleration. Systemic inflammation, microbiome disparity, oxidative stress, nutrients assimilation and environmental past and present all having a role on neurotransmitter function and dysfunction.
A combined approach using food as medicine, education on mindfulness, meditation, breathing and self-care can all be given in “prescription” form. Often the biggest challenge to self care is time, everyone is so busy in our modern world. However self care is absolutely paramount to living with anxiety and depression. Nutrient dense food with regular meal times, stress management, reduction of stimulants, support of adrenal function, practicing good sleep hygiene along with the ability to recognise potential triggers are some of the tools that can be employed.