5 Hidden Mental Health Triggers Affecting Your Everyday Life

Maggie Roney LPC

Mental health is a complex genetic, environmental, and psychological interplay. While therapy and medication are common avenues for treatment, functional medicine offers an alternative way of approaching causes and treating symptoms by looking beyond the pain. 

This article delves into five hidden mental health triggers and how functional medicine can support your health journey.

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Nutritional Interventions

Nutrition plays a pivotal role in mental health. The brain requires a myriad of nutrients to function optimally, and deficiencies can exacerbate or even cause mental health symptoms. 

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and probiotics are especially beneficial. Omega-3s, found in fish oil, have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. 
  • Antioxidants, abundant in fruits and vegetables, protect the brain from oxidative stress, while probiotics support gut health, which is closely linked to mood and cognitive function.

Implementing a diet rich in these nutrients can significantly improve mental well-being and complement a variety of treatment plans.

Lifestyle Modifications

The way we live our lives can greatly impact our mental health. Stress management, quality sleep, regular physical activity, and exposure to nature can all contribute to a healthier state of mind. 

Functional medicine often prescribes lifestyle modifications as part of a treatment plan. Techniques like mindfulness, yoga, and meditation can help manage stress while ensuring seven to nine hours of sleep per night can improve mood and cognitive function.

Regular exercise is known to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and spending time in nature can boost serotonin levels and reduce stress. All of these areas are things we can easily control and change, empowering you to be more active in choosing what works for your unique health needs.


Our environment is full of toxins, and they can be difficult to avoid if you are not looking in the right places. Toxins are proven to negatively affect our mental health. From the air we breathe to the food we eat and the products we use, toxins can accumulate in the body, stressing our biological systems. 

Functional medicine emphasizes the importance of detoxification through dietary changes, such as reducing processed foods and increasing intake of organic produce, as well as using natural cleaning and personal care products. Reducing the body’s toxin load can improve mental health outcomes by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Hormonal Balancing

Hormones play a significant role in regulating mood and emotions. Imbalances in hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression. 

Functional medicine practitioners assess hormonal levels and utilize natural methods, such as diet, supplements, and stress reduction techniques, to restore hormonal balance. This approach can lead to improved mood, better sleep, and enhanced overall mental well-being.

Gut Health

The gut-brain axis is a critical area of focus in functional medicine. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for mental health, influencing everything from mood to cognitive function. An imbalance in gut flora can lead to a host of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Check out my comprehensive guide on how depression is related to your gut and learn more!

Functional medicine addresses gut health through the use of probiotics, dietary changes, and gut-healing nutrients to restore balance and support mental health.


Understanding and addressing these five hidden mental health triggers can significantly improve daily life. Functional medicine offers a comprehensive approach that not only targets these triggers but also promotes overall well-being. 

Why not find the cause and practice a sustainable approach versus being tied to a medication with other negative side effects?

Optimal health may seem too far out of reach for you, but when you focus on nutritional interventions, lifestyle modifications, detoxification, hormonal balancing, and gut health, individuals can achieve a more balanced state of mind and enjoy a better quality of life.
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