Does the food I eat affect my mental health?

Many people say that a balanced diet is a myth. But we have to understand that it is important for daily body functions and better physical health. Your balanced diet contains all the nutrients in the correct amount. It can affect your physical and mental health equally.

A balanced diet should contain proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, minerals, etc. in the correct amount. Having a proper diet can help you to attain a positive outlook and can increase self confidence. 

The impact of diet on your mental health is as follows:

  • It is essential for brain development. 

Your diet will play a pivotal role in the growth and development of your bones, cartilage and brain. So you must take all the nutrients in the correct amount.

  • It helps in activating the growth mode of the brain. 

Your brain will get activated for growth and development when you will supply the correct amount of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in the correct amount.

  • It fills you with healthy bacteria.

Bacteria are required for maintaining the normal flora of your body. Overall the correct amount of bacteria in the body will help in the development of the brain. 

Minerals that play essential role in mental illness are as follows:

  • Zinc: it will help to control your body’s response to stress. The abnormally low or decrease in the levels of zinc has shown evidence in causing depression.
  • Omega 3: they are known as the healthy fatty acids. They help in elevating the mood, memory and thinking process.
  • Iron: low levels of iron can cause many types of anaemia such as iron deficiency anaemia, megaloblastic anemia and pernicious anemia. It is also connected to depression and other mental illnesses. 

Food and Anxiety

There is some data that has shown evidence that foods and additives can cause unpleasant reactions in the body. 

You can cope with your anxiety successfully by maintaining a proper diet. Here is how:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Limit the usage or avoid caffeine.
  • Keep record of the foods you are sensitive to.
  • Eat a balanced meal.
  • Add complex carbohydrates into your diet.
  • Add protein to your breakfast.

What foods should I avoid for better mental Health?

Data has shown that eating a lot of pastures, candies, cereals, fried food, processed meat, frozen products, etc. leads to depression and anxious feelings. Whereas a balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables, fires, fish, etc. helps you to maintain a better mental and emotional well being.

What drinks should I prefer for better mental health?

Drinks play a major role in elevating mood and relieving your anxiety. After a bad day or hectic one everyone is interested to drink a cup or coffee or tea with your loved ones or maybe books.

Here are some drinks that can help you during those hectic or stressful days:

  • Lavender tea
  • Valerian root tea
  • Peppermint tea
  • Rose tea
  • Lemon balm tea
  • Jasmine tea
  • Passion flower tea
  • Green tea
  • Chamomile tea

What are happy foods?

Data has shown that there are some foods that can relieve your anxiety and stress. Additionally they can uplift your mood and make you happy.

Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Rich sources of magnesium
  • Vitamin C rich foods
  • Foods rich in folic acid such as turnips
  • Grapes
  • Leafy greens
  • Poultry foods
  • Beef
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Dark chocolate
  • Mushrooms
  • Salmon
  • Quinoa

It is important for us that we should have all the essential nutrients in our body for proper functioning. Food not only affects our physical health it decides the pattern of our mental health as well. You should always try to maintain your mental health by supplying correct foods to your body. Last but not the least, have those binge eating sessions if you want without any regrets but don’t forget to compensate for it with healthy foods and exercise. Happy eating!

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