EP157: Improving Mental Health with Epigenetics, Diet & Exercise with Alex Swanson
IN THIS EPISODE:
If there is ONE thing that concerns me deeply, it’s the fact that mental health issues are on the rise in a big way. In fact, according to the WHO, between 1990 and 2013 the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by almost 50%!
Today, depression is the major cause of suicide, certain people become suicidal shortly after using antidepressants and almost ⅓ of of those treated with antidepressant therapy, do NOT respond.
That. Is. Terrifying.
But the great news is, there are MANY natural and effective interventions that are rarely discussed. Take exercise for example. Did you know that people are attracted to different types of exercise because it naturally balances their brain chemistry?
I have ALWAYS loved long runs. My husband thinks it’s insane that I feel AWESOME after running 5-7 miles, but it turns out, my long runs are helping to handle the excess glutamate in my brain.
For me, aerobic exercise (30 minutes a day 5 days a week) can actually override my 10x increased risk of Alzheimer’s, due to having both Alzheimer’s genes.
But for my husband, aerobic exercise isn’t as beneficial or necessary.
(And boyyyyyyy did he love to learn that!:)
My point is….if you experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, brain fog, carb cravings, irritability or other brain-based issues, there are simple and side-effect free ways to find balance. All you have to do is listen to this week’s podcast Improving Mental Health with Epigenetics, Diet & Exercise with Alex Swanson of Nutrition Genome for all the juicy details.
Alex is one of 2 people I’ve had on our podcast 3 times because he’s just THAT smart. What he has to say you will not hear anywhere else and I urge you to drop what you’re doing and listen in asap!
Please share this info with anyone you know who may benefit as well.
Oh, and if you haven’t had epigenetic testing yet, use the code “paleovalley” to get 10% off at nutritiongenome.com. His testing is the most comprehensive and his report is food-focused (meaning he will not try and sell you a million supplements).
Alex is a personal friend and a genius so listen in and let me know what you think!
Thanks for listening!
Thanks so much for joining us this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share or a question you'd like to ask? Email us at [email protected]!
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see in this post.
Also, we'd love it if you would leave an honest review for The Optimize Paleo Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are super helpful and greatly appreciated as it helps us expose this show to a wider audience and spread this information to more people who need to hear it. We read every review so we look forward to hearing from you!
And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates…see you next time!
Click the button below to subscribe on iTunes: