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Mental Health and Vitamin Deficiency

It is the time of year when many people focus on living healthier lifestyles, which may include adding vitamins into your daily routine. As it turns out, vitamins may play a role in your mental health, in addition to your physical health. Vitamin D is commonly known to impact depression and is linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Research shows that low levels of vitamin B may also be linked to depression and anxiety.

Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins are needed to produce brain chemicals linked to mood and other issues. Also, research has shown that levels of vitamin B-6 and iron are lower in individuals suffering from anxiety attacks. What does this mean for those of us striving to live healthier lives and manage mental health issues? This means that a healthy, balanced diet may play a role in reducing depression and anxiety.

Keep in mind that a healthy diet is only one small facet of self-care that can promote mental health stability and improvement. Other aspects of self-care that can improve depression and anxiety include exercise, relaxation, reaching out for support and engaging in enjoyable activities. Vitamin deficiency should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

If you are looking for advice and support on how to improve your mental health, call Main St. Psychiatry today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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