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Mindful Monday: Vitamins and Mental Health

*It should be noted that the author of this blog is not a medical professional. It is advisable to consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your lifestyle routine.

Vitamin supplements can be a great addition to your daily routine. Taking vitamin supplements can help to ensure that you are getting enough of the necessary vitamins and minerals that you need to feel and operate at your optimal level. While the best way to consume vitamins and minerals is through a healthy diet complete with fruits and vegetables, the busy life that so many of us lead or being quarantined in our homes due to Covid-19, can make it difficult to maintain proper nutrition. Regardless of how they are consumed, vitamins and minerals can help to lower blood pressure, increase energy levels, and improve sleep.

However, vitamin supplements can be good for your mental health too. Here is a list of vitamin supplements that can have potential benefits when it comes to managing anxiety and depression:

Vitamins that can help to alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety and stress:

  • Magnesium

  • Rhodiola

Vitamins that can help to reduce symptoms of depression:

  • 5-HTP

  • Omega-3

  • SAMe

  • St. John's Wart

  • Vitamin B

  • Vitamin D3 - [for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)]

  • Zinc

Vitamins that can help support overall mood and mental health:

  • Calcium - [for mood disturbances associated with PMS]; best combined with magnesium.

  • Probiotics - [aids in digestion]; supports a healthy body-mind connection

So, amidst all the chaos of your regular life, as you manage everyday stresses in addition to the stress and anxiety associated with being quarantined, consider starting a vitamin regime. If you are struggling with where to start, one option is to look into one of the companies that delivers customized vitamin packs. Many of these companies offer an online questionnaire that will help determine what vitamins would best suite your nutritional and mental health needs. Once a customized vitamin selection has been created for you, they will be packaged into daily portions and delivered to you door. Not only does this allow you easy access to your supplemental needs, it also honors the current expectation of social distancing. #coronavirus

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