Guest Post by Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND, and Heidi Fritz, MA, ND
Our society is overburdened with stressors of all kinds: tense work places, long commutes, family/relationship troubles, financial difficulties, too much caffeine, too little sleep, and not enough leisure time. The offshoot of chronic stress results in depression, anxiety, and insomnia. While we ought to change our stressful situations as much as possible and work on our coping methods, we need to optimize our physical health status to help our bodies manage the effects of chronic stress. Providing the body with key nutrients that have been shown to improve neurological and mental function goes a long way in helping manage ongoing stress. This article will discuss the effects of vitamin D, fish oil, B vitamins, and lavender on mental health.
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone with activity in the brain, and is called a “neurosteroid” by some.