Category: Mental health
If you’re feeling more anxious lately, you’re not alone. Reported symptoms of anxiety and depression rose over 5 percent during the 2020 pandemic, and it’s estimated that nearly one in three adults in the U.S. will experience some sort of anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
With those numbers, not many people will be too surprised to note an increase in pharmaceutical prescriptions as well; anti-anxiety drugs along with antidepressants have seen a significant increase in prescription rates over the last year, with some reporting an increase as high as 86% among prescribed psychotropic drugs in March and April.
But what if those anxiety rates could be lowered simply by making a few small (and healthy) changes in your life?
The Gut-Brain Connection With Mental Health
You can remember back to one of our previous blogs in June, which put a spotlight on The Better Brain book by Drs. Bonnie J. Kaplan and Julia J. Rucklidge, leading scientists in the nutrition and mental health arenas. Not only does The Better Brain explain how and why nutrition and mental health are connected, but also includes a comprehensive program on how to use nutrition to improve your own mental health.