For April, we are focusing on how physical activity, the foods we eat, and how a more holistic approach to our mental health can be beneficial. People often over look the powerful impact food has on our minds as well as our over all health. Are there certain foods that boost our moods and have a positive effect on the way our mental health functions?
There are studies that show those who consume a poor diet, could be at more risk for mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. How can what we eat have a play in our mental health? When we eat foods that are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, our brain’s neurotransmitters and tissues help each other communicate more smoothly.
The foods we eat also directly affect our gut bacteria, and decrease inflammation in the body that can directly influence brain and cognition function. Certain vitamins and minerals can help boost our moods, like foods high in health Omega 3 fats. People who are low in the nutrient Zinc might find themselves more prone to depression and stress as Zinc is said to help combat the body’s response to stress.
The bottom line, choosing healthy options is an all around plus for your physical and mental wellbeing. What foods are at the top of the healthy mood inducing list? Head on over to Psychology Today and read more about Marlynn Wei’s article on Top 10 Foods for a Better mood. Those Top 10 are:
- Leafy Greens and Broccoli
- Mussels and Oysters
- Fish and Fish Oil
- Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts
- Lentils, Beans, and Chickpeas
- Dark Chocolate, raw cacao nibs or powder
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Fermented Foods