Good emotional health enables us to have a sense of self-efficacy and resiliency. It enables us to find meaning in our lives, and make healthy connections with the people we surround ourselves with.
Often times, our emotional health suffers because of compromised health outside the nervous system (or brain). For example, healthy gut flora is required to produce serotonin – ‘the happy neurotransmitter’, chronic inflammation can impair cellular communication in the brain, and poor blood sugar control can cause or worsen anxiety. The holistic nature of naturopathic medicine addresses these connections, as well as other imbalances that may be present in the body, to bring about an overall sense of wellness – including good emotional health.
Factors that have been linked to poor emotional health in which naturopathic medicine can help to restore or remedy:
- Poor gut health
- Chronic inflammation
- Poor blood sugar control
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Imbalanced hormones
- Poor sleep quality
- Chronic pain
- Lack of exercise
- Medication side effects
- Imbalance between work, play, rest, etc.
- Poor management of pre-existing health conditions