Change Your Life is not just about helping you lose weight and exercise. It is about a lifestyle change that will make you feel better and healthier in every aspect of your life. This includes caring for your mental and emotional health.
Depression and anxiety are linked behaviorally and chemically to weight gain and chronic illness. While many weight loss programs ignore your mental and emotional health, Change Your Life will also help you lose the "weight" of mental and emotional pain and strain!
Annoying, irritating and stressful things happen every day. These events naturally trigger a bad mood. Chronic bad moods are an unfortunate reality for many of us, often initiated by stress and made even worse by inadequate nutrition. It is no secret that the modern diet is unhealthy. Thanks to foods that are overly processed, salted and sweetened beyond recognition, genetically modified, etc., we receive fewer nutrients from now than ever. This poor nutrition has led to chronic vitamin deficiencies, some of which affect our mind and mood in addition to our bodies. Remedying those deficiencies is possible through daily supplementation.
My Recommended Supplements for Depression, Anxiety and Stress
Zembrin, a plant extract from Africa, is one of the most beneficial products I’ve seen (and experienced). The extract comes from Sceletium tortuosum, a type of succulent plant found in dry regions of South Africa. Native bushmen have used the plant for centuries to help increase their energy, elevate their mood, and reduce hunger, thirst, and the effects of stress. Like many prescription antidepressants, Zembrin appears to improve serotonin levels.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb. An adaptogen is a plant that has a powerful balancing effect on the body. Nontoxic and without side effects, they can help treat a widerange of stress-related illnesses and complaints.
B-complex vitamins are often recommended for mood disorders because of their power to create a calm energy in people who take them. B-complex vitamins also support healthy adrenal function, so they effectively combat elevated cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone we release during stressful periods, and too much cortisol has been directly linked to weight gain, high blood pressure, decreased cognitive function, irritiability, and thyroid problems. The stress of a quick-paced modern lifestyle often means our bodies release more cortisol—and for longer periods—than is healthy.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have proven to be an effective natural supplement for depression, and helpful in the treatment of those suffering from bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder. Why? People who suffer from these problems often have lower levels of EPA and DHA, two of the most common omega-3 fatty acids; supplementing can help correct those deficiencies. Additionally, because cell membranes are partially made up of omega-3 fatty acids, supplementing with omega-3 may help serotonin—the “happiness” hormone—flow more freely.
Magnesium, known for helping people calm down, is a well-trusted and effective supplement for stress and sleep. Studies have shown that magnesium has helped women who experience mood disturbances associated with PMS, as well as people with severe mood disturbances such as bipolar disorder. It is especially important to supplement with magnesium because this mineral often becomes depleted when we are stressed, making us feel even more anxious and depressed.
Now It's Your Turn: Do you take any of these recommended supplements for depression, stress, or anxiety? How have they helped you? What do you take for mood support?
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