Food and Mood: How Diet Impacts Mental Health

All, Living Adventures, Preferred Movement     by Alexis Muhlenkamp

We all know that a person’s diet is a important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of many mental health problems. Depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease and all be helped by having a good diet. healthy food

Even though diet is a generally known factor in mental health, it it also one of the most ignored factors. Nearly two thirds of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day whereas of the people who do report mental health problems, less than half of them eat them. People with mental health problems eat less healthy food and more unhealthy food. A healthy diet should provide; adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water.

Sugary foods in unhealthy ahealthy-lunch-meal-fruitsre absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, this causes very temporary “high” which people crash from very quickly. This can create mood swings. Whereas sugar in healthy foods is absorbed more slowly these don’t cause mood swings. Other healthy foods (Wholegrain cereals, pulses, fruit and vegetables) contain thiamin (B1), a vitamin that has been associated with control of mood

We have learned that what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. If you’re in doubt of your diet or mental health, you should discuss your diet with your nurse, a doctor or a dietitian.

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