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Over the last few years the discussions around mental health and challenges people face have become more open conversations than ever before. We have realized that mental health is part of our overall health and it’s alright to discuss challenges – almost as easily as it is to discuss heart disease or obesity. Well, perhaps not that easy but we have certainly made progress. And there are many resources available to guide individuals through the process of getting support. Let’s look at a few.

We have all heard of the National Institute of Health (NIH), but did you know that under the NIH agency there is NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health)? NIMH is one of the 27 agencies that make up NIH with a goal to provide research to help better understand mental function and mental challenges.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/overview

The NIH National Library of Health published their explanation of mental health as follows:

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood…….”

https://medlineplus.gov/howtoimprovementalhealth.html

Additionally, noted in the above publication, one of the ways to improve mental health is to take care of your physical health.  Here are some of their recommendations:

  1. Be physically active

We know exercise and physical activity is important but did you know it could reduce the feelings of stress and support your mood? Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

  • Get enough sleep

Having a regular sleep schedule makes it easier for you to get a good night's sleep. The Mayo Clinic recommends adults get 7 or more hours of sleep each night.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898

  • Healthy Eating

Good nutrition will help you feel better physically but getting a balance of nutrients also plays a role in your mood and how well your body handles the effects of stress. It’s important to eat a well balanced diet including lots of fruits and vegetables, but supplementation can help fill in the gaps you might have.

Remember to always contact your health care provider whenever you change your supplement routine or start an exercise program.

So what are some supplements you might consider that could provide you with nutritional benefits.

One of the most obvious would be a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. Although we try to eat right it is sometimes difficult to do. Country Life® has a great food base daily multiple that provides vitamins, including coenzyme B vitamins, minerals, fermented whole food, digestive enzymes, probiotics and aloe vera juice. In a 1 a day tablet the Core Daily® 1 is an excellent choice for meet some basic nutrient needs.

A nutrient that is often forgotten when we are talking about mood (part of our mental health) is Omega 3 fatty acids. Research suggests that Omega 3’s are am important nutrient not only for cardiovascular health but also for brain health. Country Life® provides and excellent option for those who feel they aren’t getting enough high quality Omega 3’s in their diet. Omega 3 Mood combines pure, highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acids, sourced from coldwater fish oil, with a small dose of vitamin E for a mood supporting formula based in science. Unable to be efficiently made in the body, healthy levels of the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and can be supplemented to promote emotional health and mood.

Now let’s talk about stress. We all experience some type of stress – some extreme and some mild and some in between the two. There are many theories and recommendations on how to manage occasional stress, but the most important one is the one that works for you! If you are searching for a supplement that might provide you with some mental calmness you should consider the Country Life® Gut Connection Stress Balance. This amazing product provides nutrients to promote mental calmness, improve your gut microbiome, and support your immune system. Just think, in on product you can get THREE benefits. And we know that having a health gut is key to so many other functions in the body – not just mental health.

Mental health is just as important as physical health and fortunately today we are talking about mental health challenges more and as a society are actively looking for ways to support everyone with any mental health struggles.

At Country Life® we provide exceptional supplement options for basic nutritional needs and condition specific hurdles you may be facing so that you can #PowerYourGreatness!

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