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.
Additional scientific researchers continue to explore the links between our mental health and our gut health, and the research always points to the same conclusion: there is a significant link between the two.
Recently, several studies were reviewed by the journal General Psychiatry, which established that those “who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements.”
How To Focus On Improving Nutrition In Today’s Society
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people have accepted the sacrifice of convenience over nutrition. Many times throughout the week, the extra ten minutes that you have between various activities is more focused on simply eating something rather than focusing on eating something nutritious.
And even if you do focus on making sure you eat “the good stuff” as much as possible, there is overwhelming evidence that the nutritional value of food is declining year after year. Simply put, even the foods most people deem as “healthy,” such as fresh fruits and vegetables, have significantly less vitamins and minerals than in the past.
Eating “healthy” might not be enough for most people, and that’s where supplements come in.
Truehope GreenBAC contains billions of beneficial bacteria and is specifically focused on improving the conditions in your gut. GreenBAC provides healing to the digestive system and restores balance to the “good bacteria” in the gut, which is crucial to not only your gut health, but also your mental health overall.
Eating better and focusing on nutrition can be the first step to helping with your anxiety symptoms. Adding in a supplement like GreenBAC is that perfect 1-2 punch and supporting role in ensuring that your gut health is the best it can be.