Nutrition: Tips for improving your mental health

Nutrition: Tips for improving your mental health

Can diet actually improve mental health or is it an exaggeration?

It is not just a matter of aesthetics (which also has its honor), but of essence.

Naturally, nor from the general social challenges, we cut the issue of mental health, nor from other objective difficulties. But there is a margin of personal contribution or responsibility or ability, and that is what we will deal with here.

Initially, talking about mental health, we mean emotional, psychological and social well-being. Or more formal:

According to a British Government definition: Mental health is the emotional and mental state that allows people to enjoy life and to cope with frustrations and difficult circumstances. It is the positive feeling of our psychological well-being and our belief in our own value and the others[1].

If you see yourself somewhere in this definition, then the issue will surely interest you.

Think of your body as a machine. You realize that it runs better when the fuel is of good quality. So, our mind, like our other organs, needs several vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants as good fuel.

A diet rich in processed sugar or generally poor in nutrients creates a less positive environment for good mood and thus mental health.

Which products could contribute to this goal? You know everything. Let us re-establish ourselves to put them more decisively in our lives.

CEREALS (WHOLE GRAIN)

It is an important source of carbohydrates, which our body converts into glucose. Glucose is the basic source of energy for the brain.

Not all carbohydrate sources are equally beneficial. Better prefer whole grains (cereals or other foods) that are rich in fiber and other nutrients. Dietary fiber reduces blood sugar.

Whole grain products are also an important source of vitamin B, magnesium, iron and other elements.

GOOD FAT

The beneficial features of the Mediterranean diet are well known. Even more recent investigations continue to support this. This route includes mainly vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, legumes, fish, olive oil. Relative research shows that vegetable fat and fish fat help reduce stress and psychological pressure on study participants (6-month duration)[2]

Even for people who are clinically depressed - another research has shown - the Mediterranean diet proved to be beneficial.

GREEN VEGETABLES

They are considered a great food for proper mental health. They are rich in antioxidants, fibers, minerals and vitamins. Including Vitamin K, C, A, Potassium, Vitamin B Complex.

A proper diet improves mental health and, let's put it in a sic way, prepares you for the challenges of the day.

 

[1] (British Health Education Authority, 3)

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29215971

 

Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc c. Health Psychology

www.AggelikiKoskeridou.com

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

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