Mental Health is one of the most overlooked forms of self-care. Everything we do has vital impacts on our emotions. From the company we keep, to our physical activities, all the way down to the things we ingest all play pivotal roles in how our mental health is.
One of the best, and most important ways to help level out your emotional well-being is through the things we eat. Sounds simple, right? Well in a perfect world, sure. But in the times we’re in, it isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Proper diets are hard to follow when we have busy life schedules. Most people have jobs, or duties that consume a large amount of our time, taking away from the time we have to make sure we are eating proper, healthy meals. Most foods nowadays also have GMOs or additives that hinder our mental health. When we add poor dietary choices to poor food quality, we create a recipe for disaster for our mental health. While it is best to monitor and correct these problems, it’s not always possible or easy to do so. That’s when vitamin supplements play their role!
Since the early 1940’s, people have taken various supplements to substitute the vitamins/minerals our bodies need, yet lack in our diets. In fact, about 76% of Americans take dietary supplements of some sort. When referring to our mental health though, there are a few vitamins and minerals in specific we want to consider.
The most prevalent mental disorders that can be created, in part, from vitamin deficiencies include:
- Bipolar Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The most common nutritional deficiencies found in people with mental disorders are vitamins like Omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, B Vitamins, Magnesium and minerals that are the precursors to Neurotransmitters. Aside from the heighten chances of forming mental disorders, without the right levels of these vitamins and minerals (or any form of vitamin deficiencies,) in our systems, our bodies will suffer from:
- Dull Mood
- Loss of memory and focus
- Weight Gain
Ytals carries a supplement that focuses on helping our bodies absorb these vitamins and minerals to help reduce mental disorders, along with helping prevent the ailments mentioned above. Ytals’ mood boosting supplement, Cool Mood, is rich with Calcium, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6 and Magnesium. This vitamin supplement is proven to benefit in:
-Supporting Cognitive Health
-Preventing Onset Exhaustion
When we pair the Cool Mood supplement with the Omega -3 supplement, we hit all the necessary requirements our bodies need to keep us physically and mentally well.
Ingesting dietary supplements isn’t the only step in activism we should be taking to heighten our emotional state, though. Despite our crazy busy and hectic lives, we also need to make sure we carve even just a few moments a week out of our time to do the physical requirements for our bodies’ well-being.
We should also pair this supplement combination with healthy activities like cardio, yoga, Pilates and Meditation. These physical activities help our bodies naturally produce endorphins that give the body and soul energy; along with dopamine, nor epinephrine, and serotonin- all of which affect focus and attention. Exercise promotes numerous kinds of changes in the brain, such as neural growth, reduced inflation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. Also, exercise can act as a great distraction to relieve your mind of persistent overthinking and dwelling that comes from depression and anxiety.
One last thing we need to consider when keeping a positive mind and being aware of our mental health, are the things we eat. Sugars and processed foods can deteriorate our bodies, and especially our minds. They produce inflammation throughout our bodies and minds, that contribute to mood disorders like depression and anxiety. During busy or difficult times we can tend to reach for a cup of coffee, instead of a bowl of fresh fruits; and veggies are replaced with high fat, high calorie fast foods. While doing these things may seem convenient, they definitely hinder your well-being.
Food, just like vitamins, play one of the very most important things that can affect our bodies positively, or negatively. Produce, like dark leafy greens, are brain protective. Salmon is a great option, due to it’s high Omega-3 Fatty Acid content. Nuts, seeds and legumes are also awesome powerhouse produce for brain foods. Various studies have actually shown that when eating the right foods, we can reduce depression down to 40-60%, which is a better outcome than most prescribed drugs!
I just want to take this moment to really reach out to you though, and talk about a very important mental health subject. I know times can get really hard and stressful. With disorders like anxiety and depression, sometimes it’s hard to wake up and start the day, let alone do an entire revolutionary haul to your lifestyle. If you ever need to talk, please don’t ever feel you’re a burden in needing to vent. There are resources to help, if you need. Your life matters, your soul is beautiful and it’s worth gracing this beautiful planet.
If you need to talk, and can’t feel comfortable reaching out to someone close to you, please do not hesitate to call the 24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.
Now that we know the powerful trifecta of beneficial steps to reduce our mental disorders and improve our mental health, we just have one thing to do: begin. We can begin taking the right steps to eat healthy, start doing small exercises, and taking proper vitamins. This may sound daunting, but I ensure you, it’s easier than it seems. We just have to take that first step. Once we do, everything else starts to fall into place, and before we know it- we’ve completely improved our entire lifestyle! So start somewhere small. The easiest step is taking our vitamins! In this case, we should start taking the Cool Mood supplement with the Omega-3 supplement.