The importance of nutrition is vastly undervalued. The foods that we eat are the most important factor in maintaining our bodies and our minds. If our diet is lacking the basics it needs to function, we will inevitably suffer. Mental health treatment professionals are discovering more and more how much of a role our dietary issues contribute to our mental health.
At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, we understand the importance of nutrition in treating mental health. This is why we strive to create nutritional therapy programs that aim to heal the mind. We want to ensure the foods it needs in order to really heal and benefit from therapy. For more information about how our nutritional therapy programs help to promote a more healthy mental state, reach out to our team today at 855.773.0614.
What Is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy focuses on the use of food and nutritional supplements to treat medical conditions. Nutritional therapy can be used to help treat a wide variety of medical conditions. These include but are not limited to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Nutritional therapy has also been shown to be helpful in treating mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Nutritional therapy practitioners use evidence-based information to help people make dietary changes that help to improve their mental health. Research on what a proper diet should really consist of is developing more and more, and these programs can help to teach individuals how they can alter their diet and discover which foods they should avoid in order to turn around their mental health.
How Nutrition Affects Mental Health
One of the most important aspects of overall health is our nutrition. What we eat directly affects how our bodies function physically and mentally. A balanced diet is key to maintaining our well-being, preventing disease, and feeling our best. Nutritional therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on dietary and nutritional health. It involves making changes to our diets to improve our health.
Importantly, gut health is essential for overall mental health. The gut-brain connection is well-known, and research has shown that there is a strong link between gut health and mental health. When the gut is healthy, it helps to keep the brain healthy. However, when the gut is unhealthy, it can lead to a variety of mental health problems. This is where proper nutrition comes in.
Some of the most common gut health problems that can lead to mental health problems include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Food allergies or sensitivities
All of these conditions can have a negative impact on mental health. IBS, in particular, has been linked with anxiety and depression. Leaky gut syndrome, food allergies, and SIBIO have all been linked with anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorder. It is important to understand that diets that are high in sugar, gluten, fried foods, and saturated fats all wreak havoc on your gut health.
The Benefits of Nutritional Treatment
Nutrition treatment helps to teach people to have a better relationship with food and re-wires how individuals approach the relationship between what they eat and how they feel.
The main benefits of nutritional therapy include:
- Helps people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
- Helps reduce inflammation throughout the body.
- Helps people improve mental health and mood.
- Educates people with evidence-based dietary recommendations
- Helps us improve our digestion and gut health.
Using Nutrition as Therapy to Improve Mental Health At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
Nutritional therapy is one of the most important and undervalued modes of therapy available today. Nutritional therapy programs can help individuals solve one of the root causes of their mental health issues – namely, poor gut health and a malnourished body and brain. These factors, if not addressed, can make other forms of therapy much less likely to succeed. For more information on how nutrition therapy programs can help to improve mental health and supplement other forms of therapy, reach out to our team today at 855.773.0614.