Getting the right nutrients from your diet is vital for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health too.
Being deficient in some nutrients can affect the production of hormones and chemical messengers in the body which can affect mood and sleep and even lead to mental health issues.
So, by measuring the levels of these key biomarkers using our mind and body blood test, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your diet is working to support your mental health. It will help you identify areas which may require improvement so you can take action to boost your intake of nutrient-rich foods or introduce supplementation.
Iron is an important mineral for many aspects of your health, especially the proper formation of your red blood cells.
Iron is needed for the brain and nervous system, too. Without enough iron, it can make sending messages around the body difficult, causing neurological problems.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia include depression and cognitive disorders.
Research indicates that people with psychological issues also have low levels of iron. Iron deficiency can increase anxiety and change the way that we behave.
Our mind and body test check your iron and ferritin levels. Ferritin is the main storage protein for iron in the human body.
So, knowing your levels will accurately tell you how much iron is stored in your body, enabling any deficiency to be identified.
A lack of B vitamins in the diet is associated with poor mental health, particularly depression. The link between deficiency and depression isn’t fully understood but research has shown that reduced vitamin B12 levels are associated with an increased prevalence of the condition.
One theory is that vitamin B12 affects serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone associated with regulating mood and B12 is involved in its production. Therefore, vitamin B12 deficiency can result in changes to mood, sleep, and emotions.
Folate deficiency has also been linked to depressive disorders and a folic acid supplement could help improve mood in some depressed patients.
Vitamin D is essential for many functions within the body and there is research which indicates there is a link between a deficiency in this nutrient and depression.
Researchers have identified that people with depression also have low levels of vitamin D. There is also a link between low levels and premenstrual mood symptoms in women.
In the UK, vitamin D deficiency is common and it is recommended that everyone over the age of one should take a vitamin D supplement.
There are many things you can do to help improve and maintain your mental health. The good news is they’re relatively simple and it shouldn’t take long for you to feel the benefits.
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Vitamin B12 plays a key role in several physiological functions. It is needed to help the development of red blood cells and if it is not present then this can lead to pernicious anaemia which can have neurological side effects.
Pernicious anaemia is a deficiency in red blood cells due to a lack of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is known to present with symptoms that include depression and anxiety.
Our studies have found that everyone in the UK is at a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, particularly during winter months.
Depression can manifest in different ways in people but is generally characterised by a continued period of low mood and feeling sad and a loss of interest in things you usually enjoy.
The length of time these symptoms last varies from a few weeks to months and can disrupt your personal, work, and social life as well as your relationships.
Symptoms of depression include:
Depression can also cause physical symptoms such as:
If you or someone you know is displaying signs of depression it’s important to get help. The NHS advises that if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day for more than 2 weeks they should seek advice from their GP.
For more information and support visit Mind.org.uk.
There are many different forms of anxiety, from General Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, PTSD, and Social Anxiety Disorder to name a few.
Anxiety can also vary in severity, but some of the common symptoms of anxiety are:
The physical symptoms of anxiety include:
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety it’s important to get help. Seek advice and support from your GP. Learn more by visiting Mind.org.uk.
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