Overall health, diet and mental health are all closely related. Your brain is a highly metabolic organ. It required fuel 24/7. This is much more than just, did you get enough protein and carbs or too much fat.
Let’s have a look at how your diet impacts mental health and how, once your in the bad mental health cycle it can really be difficult to get yourself out of it.
Most people that suffer from depression and other mental health illness’ find it difficult to get out of bed on a daily basis, let alone ensure you have the right macro/micro nutrient intake, workout plan and sleep schedule.
Now if you have an eating disorder, that cycle gets even worse. Eating or not eating the right foods can decrease your moods, make your mental health worse and in turn make it more difficult to eat right the following meal.
Making it very easy to find yourself in a downward spiral. But thankfully there are professionals there to help you get out of this cycle, newbridge health clinic which is an NHS partner, specialise in eating disorders like bulimia.
Here are some ways you can help improve your mental health through your diet.
There should be a shift in focus to micronutrient intake. B vitamins, Omega 3, iron and zinc are just some of the important micronutrients you should focus on.
B-Vitamins should be taken all together, they are a set of vitamins that work in sync with each other to boost your energy levels, your metabolism and increase neurotransmitter function. Helping stabilize mood swings.
They are found in leafy greens, meat skin, like chicken skin and fish. A super convenient method is taking a B vitamin supplement if you can’t get your diet quite right. Here’s an article about more foods rich in B-vitamins
Omega 3 are essential fatty acids which help prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
These are found in food and can help prevent alzheimer’s. A study showed that you should be preparing by eating omega 3 at least 30 years before symptoms are likely to hit.
Not only will this be helping you, but this will provide peace of mind for the rest of the family.
Eating enough iron is really underappreciated. This is especially true for anyone who has low iron levels. These people can be unaffected by mental illness but have the symptoms.
A lack of iron is related to lethargy and feeling tired. So if you find you are struggling to get out of bed, feel tired throughout the day or want to have a better mood, try increasing your iron intake.
Iron is found in Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lentils.
You will notice that these vitamins are found in similar foods. Having a few portions of beans and lentils, spinach and other green veg and fish at least once a week can really make a difference waking up on Monday mornings.