Our ability to maintain a balanced mood is interdependent with physical health. Believe it or not, your overarching mood can influence physical health by altering inner chemistry and affecting immune system function. And it's easy to see how physical health challenges can affect your mood. Statistically, concerns about mood are the second most common health challenge observed in general practice today—behind cardiovascular health alone.
The familiar adage, "sound body-sound mind," is quite apt because a balanced mood is so entangled with the health of the body. In any whole health program, mood-maintenance needs to take a high priority.
Promoting a healthy mood can involve a variety of lifestyle choices such as managing your stress response, proactively caring for any physical health challenges, taking up an enjoyable hobby, and cultivating relationships that bring you delight. On a nutritional level, it is vital to eat whole, nutrient-rich foods and supplement with a multi-vitamin. Running low on any important vitamin or mineral can certainly affect mood.
Sometimes serious life changes such as divorce, loss of a job, or death of a loved one can cause intense stress, affecting mood for an extended time. This can create a difficult cycle of compromised mood, reduced energy, and additional health challenges. At such times, it is vital to provide the body with extra mood-balancing nutritive support such as: Fish oil, extra B vitamins, and 5-HTP, which is known for its ability to support healthy serotonin production.