Tue 10.04.22 | 8:00 pm
It’s all connected. We talk a lot about mental health, especially weeks like this one where there’s a lot of discussion to raise awareness… but we want to encourage you to think about mental health alongside of physical health, emotional health, and spiritual health.
We are learning more and more that our gut is directly connected to our brain and may even control how our brain behaves. So what we eat and drink might actually be even more important in the mental health puzzle than we originally thought.
“For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems [issues in the gut]. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around,” Pasricha says in a John Hopkins article about the gut brain connection.
There are also studies that show actual correlation supporting the Eastern Medicine beliefs that emotions are connected to different organs within the body. One study from 2017 published in the National Library of Medicine at the NIH shows grief and sadness in the lungs, anger in the liver, happiness in the heart, and more.
We share all of this as a reminder to address the whole. If you’re solely focused on the mind and mental health, your solutions and support may not be as effective because your mind and nervous system are interconnected to so many other systems within your body. You are a whole, interconnected being. Everything works together to bring healing.
Hopkins Medicine and NCBI
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