Do food, exercise or other pillars of health have an effect on the brain?
Research has shown that the food we put in our bodies, how often we exercise, and the environment we live and work in can all impact our mental health.
For example, when we do physical exercise our body releases chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins, which in turn improves our mood and mental wellbeing. It has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
But health goes far beyond our physical body and the food we put in it. It starts with our thoughts and emotions. The mind is the most powerful resource a body has!
Every year, millions of people take a proactive approach to physical health. You may also see your GP for an annual check up or pursue health screenings for a variety of potential illnesses.
Intuitively, we should take the same proactive approach when it comes to our mental wellness. Yet, we tend to neglect the critical role it plays in our lives.