Nutrition and Mental Health

It pays to eat right. A healthy diet can make a big difference in how you feel.

Eating a healthy diet plays a big part in taking good care of yourself. Mood swings and other depression symptoms have been linked to unhealthy eating and nutritional deficiencies.

Your brain controls your mood and how you respond to stress. What you eat affects the way your brain and body interact. The better your brain functions, the better your body is able to function.

While there is not a perfect diet that guarantees good mental health, there are tips and guidelines that you can follow to help improve your mood and lessen negative mental health symptoms.

Improving your diet to improve your mental health includes:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Eating small frequent meals
  • Eating meals and snacks on a regular schedule
  • Understanding how different foods make you feel
  • Planning meals and snacks in advance
  • Limiting or avoiding unhealthy foods and foods that trigger negative mental health symptoms

It is tough to know what foods to eat and it can be challenging to stick to a strict diet. Keeping a food journal or diary can help with this. You may also consider keeping a mood journal at the same time so you can track how you are feeling in relation to what you are eating. Hopefully you will start to notice some mental wellness improvements as you work on healthier eating habits.

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