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Sue & Geoff’s Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle: Live Younger Longer™ 5 Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Mental Health Problems

February 17, 2023

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5 Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Mental Health Problems 

Karen Mayo, Integrative Nutritionist - May 10, 2022 

Yes, hard to believe, however it is still mid-winter - even if it does look and feel as if we’re in the midst of mud season.  It was this that prompted us to post the following excellent article on Mental Health from Amen Clinics written by Karen Mayo, an Integrative Nutritionist, Best-Selling Author and TEDx presenter.  Why?  It turns out that, at least in the northern climes, mud-season has long been associated with depression and other metal health issues including suicide. 

In this article, Karen Mayo shares valuable information about common nutrition deficiencies in mental health problems.  We think others need to see this. So here you go: 

Mental and physical health can be dramatically improved with a nutrient-dense, healthy diet. Many times, deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals can compromise brain function and increase symptoms of depression, irritability, anxiety, and more. 

Understand the Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies 

Mental health disorders can be caused by various factors such as psychological, biological, genetic, environmental, and circumstantial. Nutritional deficiencies are the most overlooked biological element to someone’s mental well-being. 

Nutritional deficiencies are the most overlooked biological element to someone's mental health. 

Vitamin D Regulates the production of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine, and plays a vital role as an important hormone for brain function. Vitamin D deficiency manifests in a variety of ways including fatigue, muscle weakness, hair loss, back pain, poor skin healing, bone pain, and mood changes. 

Vitamin BDeficiency (B1, B6, B7, B12, B complex) can contribute to depression, anxiety, and mood swings. It is associated with a disruption in the nervous system as well as the circulatory system. B12/B9, or folate, is at the forefront of mood management. People fighting depression tend to have lower levels of folate (B12/B9) in the blood. 

Magnesium The deficiency of magnesium is known to increase many symptoms related to mental disorders, such as agitation, anxiety, irritability, confusion, insomnia, headache, hallucinations, and depression. 

Omega-3 fatty acids Omegas are vital for brain function, supporting mental sharpness, and positive mood. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. 

Probiotic Probiotic is by far the most ignored deficiency that creates the worst symptoms that affect millions of people worldwide. Probiotics are a mix of live bacteria and yeast that live naturally in the human gastrointestinal tract that promote healthy digestion, support a healthy response to stress, promote positive mood and emotional balance. Mental health issues that have been linked to an unhealthy gut include ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.” 

Of course, we didn't copy the whole post in this email. So, if you want to read the rest you can get to the article here. 

Karen Mayo suggests that you can learn more about your personal specific nutrient profile through proper blood testing.  If you are concerned, or just curious, speak with your healthcare professional. 

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If you are curious about your wellness status and would like to see a “snapshot” of where you are with recommendations for improvement, we invite you to fill out our Meology Nutritional Assessment.  Meology is a FREE, personalized nutritional assessment developed under the guidance of a team of medical, nutritional, dietary scientists and physicians under the direction of a Nobel Prize winner in medicine.  It takes ~ 6 minutes and can be retaken as often as you wish!  CLICK HERE: Meology 

Here's a quick video about an all-in-one way to make sure you get the nutritional foundation your body and mind will appreciate! 

Thank you for reading! Please contact us if we can be of further assistance! 

Sue & Geoff Lamdin 

207-522-5633 (S) 

207-522-7900 (G) 

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