Episode 14: Anxiety, Depression, and Brain Health with Nicholas Hundley
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Here are some of the main questions we asked Nick and the links to the products he mentioned. If you haven’t already, make sure you head on over to the Wellness Beets Podcast to listen to all the information he had to share!
1. What is your background and how did you become interested in emotional health?
2. How does diet play a role in emotional health? Do you recommend specific foods for this purpose?
3. What supplements do you generally recommend for people working on their mental health?
- Vitamin D status is correlated with better mood. If using higher dosage, blood should be tested and monitored.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids improve cognition and help with most mood problems, including depression, ADHD, and autism. DHA tends to be calming and EPA tends to be stimulatory. Cod liver oil is a good source.
- Vitamins and Minerals are important for brain health. People with emotional or mental problems are often low in magnesium, zinc, B6 and B12 vitamins, vitamin C, and others. A quality mutli-vitamin can be helpful, but is often inadequate. Selected vitamins and minerals are best used in a targeted fashion after evaluation and testing because there are so many different variables, and a few can have unwanted side effects if taken incorrectly or in excess.
- Herbs and other supplements are also effective, but again, are best taken after evaluation to determine which of the thousands of options are appropriate for you. Diet, supplementation, and gut health are essential for emotional wellness. On top of this foundation, there are various herbs and neurotransmitter precursors for specific uses, such as improving focus, mood, mental energy, sleep, and more.
- Digestive Health supplements are important for emotional health as well. TruFlora and TheraLac from Master Supplements are a good probiotic option. Certain people will benefit from getting rid of candida and bad bacteria with products such as oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract.
Note: The links above are the supplements I personally have used. Nick uses professional grade products that aren’t directly accessible to the public. For more information, including supplements that he likes that are available to purchase at retail, see his book Tools for Emotional Transformation.
Another note: we can’t stress enough how important it is to work with a practitioner with this stuff. We’re only sharing this information on supplements so that you can have better discussions with your health care provider. Please do not go out and start trying stuff on your own without someone monitoring what’s happening!
4. How do exercise and natural movement play a role in brain health? And what types of exercise are best to include?
5. You mentioned that meaning human connections and socialization are crucial for mental health. How do you advise people who have anxiety and/or depression to start making some of these changes?
6. How do you personally care for your emotional health?
7. Where can people find you and how can they connect with you?
You can find more about the awesome stuff that Nick is doing by checking out his website, MindWhale.com. Again, if you’re interested in learning even more about his work, make sure to check out his e-book called Tools for Emotional Transformation.
Super Awesome Alert: Nick was so, so generous in offering our listening a FREE consultation session with him! (Usually at $80 cost!) You can get that awesome offer by clicking this link.
The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions–Today
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