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The Impact of your Diet on your Mental Health.

You probably understand you should eat a healthy balanced diet to keep your body healthy, but are you aware of the additional impact your diet is having on your mental health?

The UK-based Mental Health Foundation found that less than half of the people diagnosed with mental health problems eat fresh fruit and vegetables. On the flip side of this, nearly two thirds of those not suffering mental health problems eat fresh produce regularly. So, whilst many people associate a healthy diet with a healthy physical being, it is also linked to good mental health.

It has been proven that a healthy balanced diet can:

-enhance mental clarity

-provide a more balanced mood

-protect your mind from early mental decline

There are a multitude of benefits different types of food can have on your mental health. We have put together some useful pointers on which foods are beneficial for certain mental health issues:

Nutrients which are proven to help reduce depression:

-Omega 3’s (salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, chia seeds)

-Folate (asparagus, chickpeas, lentils)

-Vitamin B12 (tuna, shrimp, milk)

-Choline (egg yolks, broccoli, sprouts)

-Magnesium (spinach, yoghurt, black beans)

-Vitamin D (fatty fish, eggs)

Antioxidants which are linked to feeling more optimistic:

-Carrots

-Tomatoes

-Blueberries

-Sweet potatoes

-Kale

Protein rich foods which will aid your body’s production of serotonin:

-Peas

-Turkey

-Chicken

-Tuna

-Beans

 

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See more on what a healthy balanced diet consists of at: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthydiet/healthybalanceddiet.html

Sources used:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/diet-recovery#1

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318428.php

https://www.optimallivingdynamics.com/blog/9-nutrient-deficiencies-that-can-make-you-more-anxious

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk