We all know that eating balanced meals and getting our vitamins is essential to maintaining optimal physical health. But when you’re moody or depressed, you probably don’t look to balance your diet or take a multivitamin to decrease your symptoms. Try out the best CBD gummies that will increase your You can get these from a licensed cbd store in your area.
New studies are finding that getting adequate amounts of certain vitamins, such as B12, is essential to maintain the systems involved in mood regulation. In one study, deficiencies in B12 were associated with double the risk of severe depression (Penninx et al., 2000). Clinical studies have also shown a relationship between folate and depression, with increased frequency of folate deficiency in depressed patients, more severe and prolonged depressive episodes and weaker response to anti-depressants (Bjelland et. al, 2003).
Among studies on aging, certain vitamins are thought to protect the brain against stress-related damage linked to memory and cognitive decline (Wattanapenpaiboon and Wahlqvist, 2002).
Not all people with vitamin deficiencies have mood problems and not all people with mood problems have vitamin deficiencies. These studies don’t answer all the questions around the connection between vitamin deficiencies and mood problems, however, they do underscore the connection between our mental and physical well-being and the need to attend to both.
DBT skills teach that imbalances in eating, sleep, physical illness, mood altering drugs and exercise all have an impact on our vulnerability to extreme emotions. Problems in our physical well-being can affect how we think and feel, our mood and our ability to concentrate.
Has your life been out of balance in one of these key areas? Have you experienced improvements in mood with improvements in your eating or nutrition? Did better balance in other areas of physical health have an impact on your emotional well-being?
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