According to Mental Health America,  1,360,000 people or 23.43% of the population in Washington State are experiencing a mental illness. Are you one of them?  Are you getting the support  that you need?

Nutrition Coaching

In Touch Counseling Services

Psychological Counseling & Wellness Center located in Vancouver, WA

You know your body works as a whole. For example, you’ve likely already observed how eating junk can make you feel less than your best. But if you’re ready to experience the opposite — how a healthy diet can support your physical and mental health — talk to Janelle Adams, MA, LMFT, ATR, and the team at In Touch Counseling Services about nutritional counseling. At the office in Vancouver, Washington, they help you transform your diet to transform your life. Call or make an appointment online to get started with nutrition coaching.

Nutritional Coaching

FOOD AS MEDICINE

Some some common illnesses and conditions that can benefit from a nutrition evaluation and continued consultations  include:

  • Mental health
    •  Irregular periods
    • PMS (mood swings, cramps, tender breast, irritability)
    • Getting off hormonal birth control
       
  •  Fatigue & insomnia
    • Constant feelings of tiredness
    • Brain fog
    • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

  •  Wellness
    •  Optimizing health
    • Minimizing toxins 

WHY IS NUTRITION IMPORTANT TO MENTAL HEALTH? 

Have you ever experienced a headache, upset stomach, or energy crash that follows bad food choices?

In the same way nutrition affects your physical well-being,  studies have shown that the food, water, and other substances we consume can have profound effects on our mental, and emotional wellness.

For starters, there are clear connections between mood and food that are rich in folates like green leafy vegetables. A 1997 Harvard study supports earlier findings that show a link between folate deficiency and depressive symptoms. The study revealed that low folate levels can interfere with the antidepressant activity of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). A Tufts University study of nearly 2,948 individuals found that those who met the criteria for a lifetime diagnosis of major depression had lower serum and red blood folate concentrations than those who had never been depressed. Those with dysthymia had lower red blood cell folate only. The authors of the study recommend folate supplementation during the year following a depressive episode.  

A recent case study also found that rates of depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are on the rise in circumpolar regions, especially among non-isolated populations. Suicide rates have increased seven-fold in many northern populations over the past several decades. The authors of the case study acknowledge that the combined decline in mental health and the disappearance of traditional diets in circumpolar people make a direct connection between diet and mental health in these people a very real possibility. 

According to the American Psychological Association, the phenomenon observed in the studies is due to the array of neurochemicals produced by the gut that the brain uses for the regulation of physiological and mental processes, including mood.  It’s believed 95 percent of the body's supply of serotonin, a mood stabilizer, is produced by gut bacteria. Stress is thought to suppress beneficial gut bacteria.

 In short, your brain relies on the food you eat to provide it with the fuel it needs. When you’re not eating a balanced diet with the right nutrient levels, your brain struggles to work the way it should.

 

WHAT IS YOUR Nutrition IQ?