Does your gut health impact your mental health? Why must therapists consider their client’s physiological health when providing therapy? What are some health game-changing habits you should consider adding to your daily routine?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about the intersection of gut health and mental health with Wade Lightheart and why it’s important you address this with your clients.
- Gut health symptoms therapists should look out for
- Questions therapists can ask their clients
- Health game-changing habits you should consider
Gut health symptoms therapists should look out for
As it turns out, a great deal of the neurochemicals that are used by our brain are manufactured from our food and probiotics in our gut which extracts key elements from the food and then converts them. For example, 95% of serotonin is produced by bacteria in the gut. (Wade Lightheart)
Gut health and a person’s daily activities have drastic implications for their mental health. For example, if a person is not exercising often, is not spending some time in the sun, is using blue light-emitting technology often, and eats a diet full of highly refined and sugary foods, they are almost certain to be at risk of poor mental health.
Sure, you could use pharmaceutical intervention and counseling, but at the end of the day, they have to put in the principles that go with our physiological biology. (Wade Lightheart)
Are your clients doing any of the below:
- Getting daily sunshine?
- Reducing their anxiety someway?
- Spending a lot of time on their screens?
- Mostly eating natural whole foods or mostly processed and refined foods?
A lot of practitioners overlook these essential components that affect a person’s daily experience when it comes to addressing the state of their mental health.
Clients often need to be taught about the importance of and the relationship between their neurochemistry and their daily habits.
Questions therapists can ask their clients
In a session, therapists can encourage their clients to write down their daily activities and keep a light journal:
- What do you normally eat in a day?
- Did you exercise?
- How did you feel throughout the day?
- When do you usually go to bed and get up?
Very few people have actually made the connection between what they eat and how they feel, or if they have exercised or not and how they feel. (Wade Lightheart)
Health game-changing habits you should consider
What is your daily ritual where you are affirming the aspects that are leading you in a positive direction in life? (Wade Lightheart)
- Breathing practices like mediation or breathwork
- Drink water to hydrate properly.
- Get out into the sunlight (while using UV protection).
- Develop an exercise practice that is suited to your cognitive preferences such as cardio, lifting, or stretching like yoga. Or a little bit of everything.
- Learn how to manage your technology. Minimize blue light exposure.
- Mental beliefs and attitudes.
- Education, coaching, and testing. Explore your capabilities and refine them.
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