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The Right Food for a Happier Mood

Feb 01, 2018 12:00AM
Holly Higgins is a nutritional therapy practitioner and Whole30-certified coach. Her clinical focus is nutrition for mental health, and she believes that nutrition is one of the most powerful and underutilized tools for improving mood. Higgins works with clients virtually and locally at Ann Arbor’s Center for Sacred Living.

She states, “Many of us have been led to believe that mood issues, like depression and anxiety, are ‘all in our head.’ However, there’s a significant link between nutrition and mental health. The foods you are eating or not eating can have a great impact on the way that you feel.” Mental health nutrition looks at the physical root causes of mood issues and supports them through nutrition and targeted supplementation. Often, mood issues are caused by digestive distress, blood sugar imbalances, food sensitivities and adrenal dysfunction. Clients notice improved and stabilized mood, sharper thinking, greater energy, clearer skin, weight loss, improved digestion, reduced PMS and menstrual symptoms and more. “Mental health nutrition can provide relief from all of these symptoms and greatly impact a person’s mood. It is a fantastic approach to improving mental health naturally,” notes Higgins.

Mental health nutrition allows clients to improve their mood naturally, helping them feel happier and more optimistic. “It’s hard to live life fully if you’re struggling with mental health issues,” explains Higgins. “Clients also report that they no longer struggle with brain fog and fatigue. This helps them perform better at work and be more present with their families. Though the main goal is improved mood, many clients also lose weight, balance their hormones and reduce other physical symptoms. This greatly increases their confidence, which also contributes to their happiness.”

Standard treatment options for mental health include talk therapy and medication. “Very few health professionals recognize the significant link between nutrition and mood. Mental health nutrition is an alternative approach that can complement traditional treatment options or be offered as a standalone therapy. Many people spend years trying to get to the bottom of their mood issues without realizing that nutrition could be a contributing factor,” she advises. “Mental health nutrition addresses the physical root causes of mental health concerns and can often provide significant relief when other treatment options have been ineffective.”

Clients are guided through a three-month program that includes regular appointments, accountability, dietary suggestions and personalized supplementation protocols. Clients benefit from a whole-person, mind-body approach. Mental health nutrition helps them feel better not only mentally, but physically. “They will get answers and insights to their health concerns that they won’t receive with standard treatment methodologies,” points out Higgins. “They will develop a deep understanding of their body, nutrition and how to support themselves holistically.”


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