Eating healthy is not just something people do as a wellness trend. It may seem that way, but healthy food and habits around the consumption of food and beverages do more than fuel the body. It actually improves the mind. Some simple changes can boost cognitive function and may reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. One of the best ways to improve mental health is in the gut. Find out why and learn the three foods that may improve mental health.
Many people do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. This comes from sources of seaweed, chicken, fish, and salmon especially is high in omega-3. Symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD significantly decrease when consuming fish. The brain can produce dopamine and serotonin more, which boosts memory and learning.
One of the best foods to consume for mental health is protein. This is a great source of tryptophan, which influences the positive mood and production of serotonin. Serotonin is associated with depression. Without enough, these symptoms can kick in. Lean protein sources like fish, turkey, chicken, eggs, and beans are great for getting lean protein in the diet.
Not very popular, but an excellent source of healthy eating, are leafy greens. Leafy greens are anything with leaves, and most are ignored in western diets, but provide lots of folate and antioxidants. This can include spinach, romaine, and mustard greens. Broccoli is also high in folic acid, as are beets and lentils. Broccoli contains immune-boosting vitamins, too. Selenium is a great source of anti-anxiety support for people who struggle with anxious thoughts and feelings. Other sources of selenium include chicken, walnuts, brazil nuts, seafood, and whole-grain products.
Why Nutrition Matters
When people are in recovery, they often have neglected healthy eating for so long they are not sure what to do. Nutrition is a key part of many rehab programs where they teach some cooking skills, basic prep, and ways of making things that are easy but also pack a nutrient-dense punch. Mental health is no joke. When people are in recovery, they often struggle with mental health issues. The more a person can add to their diet to boost it, the better. In combination with medication and therapy, it can be just the trifecta a person needs to really push their recovery forward in a healthy way.
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