Researchers have seen a direct correlation between the modern “Western” diet and a decline in mental health in much of the world. As a result, 1-in-4 suffering from mental health conditions like mood disorders, general anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. For all of these mental health conditions, a nutritional therapy program can help within holistic mental health treatment in South Jersey.
In a nutshell, many of us are eating more processed foods. Why? Because they’re easy and taste good. But they also contain substances that wreak havoc on the system. Additionally, they keep us from eating the foods we should. As a result, we may be lacking in Omega-3, a vital nutrient for brain function, among other things. We see deficits in B vitamins and numerous minerals that strongly impact mood and emotional health.
Nutrition therapy doesn’t just give a quick fix solution like “take your vitamins,” which studies show does little. Rather, it helps you become more aware of what you’re putting in your body and how you feel after eating certain types of food.
What Is a Nutritional Therapy Program?
In society, we often think of mental health as something separate from the body that must be targeted only from a “mental” point of view. But this is a fiction we tell ourselves. In actuality, the body and mind are linked inseparably.
For example, the body produces hormones that influence how we feel and the severity of certain mental disorders.
On the other hand, our mental state can indisputably impact our physical bodies. For example, positive thinking can increase how fast people heal. And those with certain mental health challenges can increase their physical pain levels by focusing on what might otherwise be mild pain.
A nutritional therapy program respects this mind-body connection. It works on the premise that when you put good nutrition–and the right nutrition–into your body, you feel better. Over time, you’ll likely need less medication and be able to manage your condition more easily.
Nutritional counseling may not cure anxiety, depression, or addiction. But it nurtures your body and mind so that you’re in the best position to heal. It provides both a fulfilling and sustainable solution to help you manage symptoms by being aware of what you eat.
How Does Nutrition Therapy Help the Healing Process?
As you re-build your cells with proper nutrition, you’ll notice a significant difference in how you feel physically and mentally. That includes things like:
- Fewer aches and pains
- Better sleep
- More balanced mood
- More energy
- A healthier relationship with food
- A desire to connect with people and live life to its fullest
- Reduced symptoms of chronic physical illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressures, joint pain, etc.
Yes, nutrition therapy in South Jersey can do all of that.
What Other Therapeutic Services Does Harmony Bay Wellness Offer?
Harmony Bay Wellness takes a holistic approach to your mental health. So, in addition to nutritional counseling, we offer:
- A yoga therapy program
- Various therapy services
- Psychiatric evaluations
- Telehealth, for those who are not near resources
- Medication-assisted treatment
We utilize nutrition therapy in South Jersey when treating individuals with various mental health conditions and life challenges through programs like:
- Divorce recovery therapy
- Depression therapy
- Emotional abuse therapy
- Sexual abuse therapy
- Prescription drug abuse therapy
- Gambling addiction therapy
Through holistic treatment, you can overcome mental health challenges and learn to live a more fulfilling life. If you have a mental health disorder, know that proper nutrition is a very important piece of the healing puzzle. And a nutritional therapy program can help you learn to heal yourself–instead of hurt yourself–with food. To learn more about getting into a nutritional therapy program as part of your healing of body and mind, call us at 855.765.6399.