World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10 – with the goal of raising awareness for mental health and the efforts behind supporting those living with mental illnesses. This is an opportunity to open up the conversation and address issues that sometimes carry a negative social stigma.
Here at Pressed Vibrance, we believe in preventing rather than taking a reactive approach to mental health. This core belief is centered around the overall impact that a raw, plant-based lifestyle has on avoiding and reversing mental diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS and Dementia.
It seems obvious, but a very under-discussed topic in mental health is the role that nutrition plays. More and more studies have made the connection between mental health and your diet. It is known that diets full of whole, plant-based foods, good fats and anti-inflammatory foods can improve your health, and eating overly processed foods causes deficiencies and contributes to deterioration. What we eat determines the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems.
Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org found memory improvement in people affected by Alzheimer’s due to diet changes. In this video, he talks about the significant evidence indicating that Alzheimer’s disease is primarily a vascular disorder and high cholesterol has been recognized as a high risk factor for both bad for the heart and mind. Cholesterol may also play an active role in the progression of Alzheimer’s as well.
American College of Nutrition fellow, William Walsh, Ph. D has done extensive research on how specific nutrients improve mental health. He states about one of his many findings, “There are hundreds and hundreds of important nutrients in the body, but in the brain, there are about six or seven that seem to dominate everything.” He found that for mental disorders, about six or seven chemical imbalances dominate mental function.
In another study, “The China Study” Dr. T. Colin Campbell found that a whole-food, plant-based diet can reverse genetic tendencies to certain illnesses and helped in the prevention of dementia. Dr. Campbell also noted the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Further discoveries are proving that our gut is our “second brain”. Meaning, there is a correlation between the deterioration of our gut health and the simultaneous worsening of our brain health. As we continue to learn more about how to undo damage and treat and prevent mental illness, nutrition is going to be a key player.
If reading this gives you anxiety, don’t worry! This is definitely meant to be food for thought. Even if your diet currently doesn’t include raw fruits and vegetables you can make changes today. Contact us and get on your way to improving your mental and overall well-being and living a life full of vibrancy!