The Role of Diet in Mental Health

You are what you eat!

Extensive research has shown a poor diet can have detrimental effects on a person’s mental health, mood and overall well-being; leading to problems such as high anxiety levels, depression, irritability, lethargy, insomnia, poor memory, stress and the ability to concentrate (more).

Most of the brain is derived directly from food, so what we choose to consume on a daily basis plays a large role in determining how we function – which can have a huge impact on our productivity levels in the workplace. We may not realise it, but just like our stomach, heart or liver – our brain is highly sensitive and reactive to the food we eat. Thus, fueling our brains with a balanced diet and the right nutrients might just make the world of difference in how we feel in our daily lives.

What type of food nourishes the brain?

  • Complex Carbohydrates – Whole grains, Vegetables and Beans
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 and Omega-6
  • Amino Acids – Free-range Eggs, Lean Meat, Nuts, etc.
  • Vitamins & Minerals – B1, B6, B12, C, Magnesium & Zinc
  • Plenty of water, fruits & vegetables

Adopting a healthier diet can be challenging for some, so for those who want to take a proactive approach to well-being through nutrition should talk to their doctor first. This is a complex field, which is why we recommend medical advice, but you’ll find two excellent introductions here and here. Having considered your options, you might enjoy some of the “food for mood” recipes here.

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