Balanced Bartender | Amie Ward

Balanced Bartender

Stay healthy, Bar Meisters

Living a balanced life is very important for us as bartenders. In order to have a long, successful and healthy career behind the stick you need to take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. We are dedicated to you the bartender and want you to be your best!

Amie Ward

Amie Ward


Mental health is a hefty term to unpack and means a lot of things to a lot of different people. From a scientific perspective, it includes our psychological well-being, the balance between our emotions and our actions, and the harmony between all three. It is the way in which we think, feel, and act, and is essential to our health and wellness. Last month we talked about the importance of working on our mental health, but if we want to get our brains in tiptop shape, exercise routines need to be complimented by a healthy diet. Nutritional psychology research shows that consuming things like water, Vitamin D, probiotics, plant-based diets, amino acids, fatty acids, and others have all proven to significantly advance our brain functioning. Here’s a brief look at some of those.

Water: Losing 1-2% of your body weight in water results in significant decreases in concentration and alertness, and causes headaches and lethargy
Probiotics: Bacteria in the intestine help to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin
Vitamin D: Plays a vital role in maintaining serotonin and dopamine levels
Phytochemicals: Founds in plant-based diets and protects brain cells from injury
Amino Acids: Low carb diets will cause a reduction in amino acid synthesis, and increase the risk of depression
Fatty Acids: Without the presence of fatty acids like Omega-3s, advanced aging of brain cells occurs

Our brains are the most powerful organ in our bodies, and to maximize their potential, we must ensure our mental health is at the epicenter of considerations surrounding our lifestyle management. Through diet and exercise, we have the potential to exponentially increase our brain functionality. And during a time of crisis where our mental health is at risk, it is important to direct our attention to the small improvements we can make to keep our lives in balance.

Amie Ward
 Amie Ward

Please meet Amie Ward a decorated bartender, industry veteran, and known as The Healthtender—an ACE Certified Health Coach with a B.S. and M.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park. She has been outspoken on health and wellness in the service industry, traveling across the United States to educate bartenders on how to care for themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Amie recently moved to Chicago and loves to connect with the hospitality community in healthy ways to promote longevity in the industry. In her spare time, you can find Amie bartending at Neon Wilderness, pulling trucks and competing in Strongwoman competitions, and climbing obstacles at Spartan Races.