The search for a happy, healthy lifestyle may seem unending at times. Trying different eating habits, exercise routines, stress management styles and sleep schedules can all lead to a healthy body and peace of mind, but the road to finding the best personal fit for all of these parts of life can be a challenge. Understanding that each of these aspects of life is connected to the other is key to being successful in this search. While trying different eating habits, you may discover that supplements can be useful for addressing mental health concerns, which affect all these other aspects. Many people turn to supplements to fill in the blanks of what their current eating habits don’t provide. Here are some factors to consider about mental health supplements.

Do: Track Your Habits

It is important to look at your daily nutritional intake and bathroom habits. Chronic constipation can stem from different causes, including a side effect from medication or lack of fiber. When choosing supplements to take that have been proven beneficial for mental health, also consider how they will affect your current conditions. Tracking what foods you eat and the quantity you consume will guide what supplements can help you achieve your desired results.

Don’t: Make Changes Without Consulting Your Doctor

Anytime you make changes to your lifestyle, you should talk to your doctor about what you want to do and how you are going to do it. There are many positive changes you could want to achieve, such as increasing cognitive function with memory supplements. These, and any other supplements added to your daily intake, should be communicated to your medical professionals whenever appropriate. 

Do: Consider the Source of Your Information

Advertisers want your money and will say what they think you want to hear to make that sale. Before you invest money into a product you hope will help your mind and body, consider the source of what you are reading and make your choices based on solid information.  When looking for a supplement to help with depression, trusting research published in a professional journal that found omega-3 fatty acids and folate-based supplements to have benefits for treatment could offer better guidance than direct advertisements in your mailbox. 

Don’t: Rush Yourself

Any positive change to your lifestyle will have an adjustment period, and adding supplements to better your mental health is no exception. It may take time to experience changes and to tailor specific brands and dosages to your body. Research shows that mental health is affected by levels of nutrients and chemicals in the body, so it is key to give yourself time to bring these levels up in the supplements you choose and let your body experience adequate supplies, before making additional changes. 

Do: Record and Share Your Journey

Tracking your progress and results along the way during your search for mental health supplements is just as important in the middle of your journey as in the beginning. You need to be able to compare how you feel day to day, week to week, and month to month as the supplements have a chance to be effective. Being consistent is critical to success and meaningful results. Let your doctor know if something is working or not, and don’t be afraid to tell friends and family about what you have found in your search for a healthier life.

With over half of the adult population in this country using some type of supplement, it is not unusual to turn to these for help with mental health, but should be done so with good information and open communication with medical professionals. 

 

Paisley Hansen
Author: Paisley Hansen

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