Improve Your Outlook - With a Healthy Diet
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Can your diet affect your mental health? Yes.
Depression, anxiety, attention deficient disorder, compulsive
disorders, and other disorders of mood are affected by the
health of your nervous system. Your nervous system is composed
of cells no different than other cells in your body, and every
cell in your body depends on food for providing it with
essential nutrients. In this way, poor nutrition can cause poor
To recover from a mental health condition, it is important to
supply your nervous system with nutritional building blocks to
help your nerve cells and brain cells to detoxify and function
optimally. With or without medication, a good, healthful diet
can support the nervous system in functioning better and can
lead to better health. If you have specific mental health
questions or concerns, it is best to speak to your doctor.
Stronger mental health by nourishing your nervous system
Eat healthy whole foods full of vitamins and nutrients.
Beneficial nutrients include B vitamins (especially thiamin,
pyridoxine and niacin), calcium, magnesium and trace minerals.
These building blocks help build neurotransmitters and repair
damaged nerve cells.
Include essential fatty acids in your diet everyday. Your brain
is the richest source of fatty acids in your body. Essential
fatty acids are incorporated into the membranes of its nerve
cells. If your diet has an overabundance of trans-fatty acids or
saturated fats, these elements are incorporated into your
brain's nerve cells' membranes, which will make the membranes
less fluid and affect their ability to function effectively.
Sources of essential fatty acids include cold water fish (such
as salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna), flax seeds (either
ground or as an oil) and nuts (especially walnuts). Grass fed
beef and free-range organic chickens have more essential fatty
acids then grain-fed animals.
To decrease trans-fatty acids, avoid processed foods containing
partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, and shortening.
Ways to decrease the stress on the nervous system and improve
your mental health
Decrease caffeine consumption. Caffeine is generally overused in
our society and is a stress to the body to eliminate. Many
studies have shown benefits from eliminating caffeine for people
with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Decrease refined sugar consumption. The effect of sugar is worse
when eaten with caffeine. While sugar acts as a stimulant, the
effects are short-lived and do more damage than good in the long
run for people with depression, anxiety, seizures, ADD, and
other mood disorders.
Decrease alcohol consumption. Alcohol actually interferes with
many brain cell processes, disturbs sleep, changes the adrenal
gland output, and can lead to low blood sugar and sugar
Avoid food allergens. Food
allergies have been related to mental health disorders for
decades. Food allergy symptoms include depression, fatigue,
anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and nervousness.