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Diet plays an important role in your Mental Health - did you know that your gut & mind are related!

Mental health is an issue that is often overlooked when thinking about our health. While we cannot physically see an issue, this does not mean that our mind is healthy. There are many external factors that can impact mental health, but what about internal factors? Did you know that if your gut health is out of whack, it can send troubled signals to your brain, and vice versa? This doesn’t mean that feeling nauseous from anxiety is ‘all in your head’, but rather, you’re feeling anxious because of an unhealthy gut.

A healthy gut is directly linked toa healthy mind … New research out of Japan has highlighted how a diet rich in organic and unprocessed foods like seaweed, fruits, fish, vegetables and soy reduces feelings of depression and suicide risk in adults. These studies also highlight the importance of a healthy diet for pregnant women, finding that regularly consuming foods with a high nutrient content can lead to children with less anger and fewer temper tantrums.

Several research studies have revealed that we all should care about how and what we eat – that having a good nutritional foundation is fundamental for physical and mental health. In short good nutrition is linked to good brain health.

Many of us are not getting enough nutrients from our food alone. Even if you think you are eating well. This can be reflected in the kinds of foods we are now eating - more processed foods, foods our grandparents wouldn't recognise, and of course foods that contain either less nutritional content or are absorbed with more chemicals. This is where supplementation can play a role in helping to fill the dietary gaps!! Vitamin B being an essential nutrient to help support and be more resilient to chronic stress etc.

There is strong evidence suggesting Seaweed-rich diets can help improve mental health. A healthy diet isn't just good for your body, it's good for your mind too. New research out of Japan points to how a diet rich in organic and unprocessed foods like seaweed, fruits, fish, vegetables and soy reduces feelings of depression and suicide risk in adults.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach's juices before food gets there, resulting in indigestion, inflammation and reflux. Because of this intimate connection, the distress in the stomach can directly cause distress in your mind.

Research findings from - States: 'Results of this prospective study of Japanese adults indicated that increased seaweed intake was associated with a decreased incidence of depressive symptoms, independent of sex, age, BMI, socioeconomic status, lifestyle factors, and intakes of other food items. This study is the first to investigate the prospective relationship between seaweed intake and depressive symptoms. Randomized controlled trials and experimental studies are warranted to investigate this association and clarify the underlying mechanism between seaweed intake and depressive symptoms'.

Studies show that an overgrowth of bad bacteria can cause poor mental and physical health. When good prebiotic bacteria can be nourished by good probiotic bacteria, it helps balance out bad bacteria and in turn, helps line the stomach, reducing irritable bowel symptoms.

Our gut bacteria can also regulate our sleep patterns. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of mental health issues, so once again linking back to a healthy gut.

Oceangreen Organics Seaweed Supplements contain a plethora of prebiotics (which nourish probiotics), antioxidants as well as supporting digestion, regulating hormones and immunity properties. Adding these to your diet is the first step in supporting your gut and clearing your head.

BUT remember it is a combination of many elements such as a good diet, exercise, sunlight, water, and being with people all play a role in yourbetter health and well-being. TAKE OF YOU!!

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