What is the best diet for mental health?
Better diet leads to better mental health.
You brain is always “on”. It is in control of breathing, your senses, heartbeat and so on. It requires fuel which comes from food you eat. And it better be healthy packed with vital nutrients.
A paper published this year in Psychosomatic Medicine offers one of the most up-to-date snapshots of diet and mental health-specifically, how diet might play a role in depression.
Though there are varieties of biological processes that seem to be both influenced by diet and involved in mental health, one for sure nutrient rich diet always works better than taking pills.
How can nutrition affect mental health?
The most common mental disorders that are currently prevalent are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, overweight and obesity, lack of sleep; lack of vitamin D etc. are the silent triggers.
Poor food choices contribute to poor mental health.
The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with mental disorders are of omega–3 fatty acids, B- complex vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters. One can choose dietary counseling with psychotherapy as a treatment for depression.
According to researchers, depression, in particular, is not just a brain disorder, but rather a whole-body disorder.
What foods are bad for mental health?
Sugary drinks, refined, enriched or bleached flour, food high in trans fat, highly processed food, alcohol, fast food or fried food, caffeine are the foods which you need to scrap from your diet.
Keys to brain health
Activity boosts brain function by ramping up blood flow, so oxygen and nutrients get around to all parts of your body better, including your brain. It also stimulates the release of endorphins that boost your mood and ease anxiety and depression.
Deep breathing & crossword puzzles are also banking our brainpower.
Cooking for cognition:
Include foods rich in omega 3 fatty acid in your daily diet to boost memory, mood & more.
Consume antioxidants, flavanols, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals (notably, folate, vitamin E, and B vitamins) naturally found in food to protect your brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Good night sleep
A Swiss memory study demonstrates that Sleep plays an important role in helping brains operate at their best.
A rich social network provides sources of support, reduces stress, combats depression and enhances intellectual stimulation.
People aren’t the only source of loving relationships. Pets have proved to be just as good for our brain health.
Novel activities for mental fitness
Study a new language, learn a musical instrument or try your hand at photography. Fine art is good medicine too. New hobby or skill help your brain form new cellular connections and strengthen existing ones.
Advice from dietitian
When stress is affecting your health and eating habits, it always better to seek help to ensure you’re getting the right foods for your particular circumstances.
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