My biggest passion is helping to support those with their mental wellbeing, in particular depression and anxiety. I am also particularly interested in the trillions of bacteria located in our gut (called our microbiome), and the way these bugs impact our mental health and skin health.
For a long time now, we have always been told that depression and anxiety are due to a chemical imbalance in our brains which require lifelong medications to correct it. Whilst genetics can definitely have their part in the outcomes of whether an individual will develop a mental health condition, and medications can certainly help some, it is not the case for everyone and this approach is only addressing one small part in the web.
Mental health needs a multifactorial approach, one where we look at the individual’s genetic variants, exercise, lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies and or excesses, gut health, stress/trauma, environment, hormonal health, biochemical factors and support network.