Kelly Brogan is a women’s health psychiatrist based in Manhattan, who covers - among many other things - how diet and exercise affect your mental wellbeing. Inflammation is one biomarker that may potentially influence the risk of depression.
The prospect that the way we eat and consequential eating complications having a bi-directional interaction with mental health disorders is a relatively new topic of conversation. John Hopkins writes, “The gut doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our..brain—with profound results. For decades, we thought that anxiety and depression contributed to digestive disorders, such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, etc. But…studies show that it may also be the other way around.”
Ever hear the saying, “listen to your gut?” While commonly used, its legitimacy in identifying the gut as a potentially intelligent, interconnected pathway with your brain and the neurochemistry of it are much less commonplace in conversation or fields of study. But, as research seems to indicate, might have more grounds than a simple common-saying. Our guts and brain interact significantly, suggesting what we put into our body (i.e. the food we eat) may have significant complications on our mental health and wellbeing.
As if eating for physical health benefits (like a better body composition, for example) wasn’t influencing enough! Now there’s reason to believe that exercise and proper diet may actually improve mental health disorders and the consequential symptoms associated with them.
Justin writes about ways to optimize your health and well-being by cultivating resiliency and self-compassion through sustainable movement and exercise habits that lift you and those around you up..