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Mental health, inflammation, and mood foods

 

Mental health issues have a huge impact on society. Some suggest that their impact is larger than any other chronic disease, including heart disease or diabetes.

There are so many factors involved in complex conditions like mental health issues. Science is just starting to unravel one of these factors – inflammation.

First, we’ll go over the many links between inflammation and mental health (there are a few). Then, we’ll talk about some exciting research into natural approaches – things like foods, nutrients, and lifestyle upgrades – and how these are related to better mental health.

NOTE: None of these are a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any of these conditions, make sure you’re being monitored regularly by a licensed healthcare professional.

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation and mental health

Link 1 – Inflammation and mental health

Link #2 – Inflammatory illnesses and mental health

Link #3 – Inflammatory medications and mental health

Link #4 – Inflammatory diets and mental health

Foods and moods

Better foods for better moods

The SMILES trial

Better nutrition for better moods

B-vitamins such as B6, B9 (folic acid), and B12

Vitamin D

Minerals (Calcium & Selenium)

Omega-3s

Better lifestyle for better moods

Lifestyle factor #1 – Exercise

Lifestyle factor #2 – Sleep

Conclusion

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