Improving Mental Health with Nutrition

Shawn Talbott

Salt Lake City (KUTV) - May is Mental Health Month. Millions of people struggle with mental health issues everyday - from everyday bothers such as stress and insomnia - to more problematic issues such as depression and anxiety.

Dr. Shawn Talbott joined us on Fresh Living. Dr. Talbott studies how restoring balance in the brain, the immune system, and the digestive system can help restore mental wellness. Dr. Talbott says, "By improving the communication between the gut-immune-brain axis, we can significantly improve our mental wellness and feel our best. "

Dr. Talbott's nutritional recommendations to improve mental health:

  • Start with the Gut (the "2nd brain") by restoring "good" bacteria with probiotics, prebiotics, and phytobiotics.
  • Prime your immune system with "glucans" from yeast, mushrooms, and healthy fats.
  • Tune up your brain and sharpen your mental focus with flavonoids from brightly colored fruits and vegetables (apples, grapes, etc).

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