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Your Food & Your Mood
October 16, 2016
Diet and mental health.
Lets be honest...we all tend to feel awful after those weekend
over indulgences.For the most part these occasional digressions have little effect other than the "never again" stories we tell ourselves. Alas there is a growing body of evidence in today's rising issues with mental health that show our daily nutrition habits have a much longer reaching effect on how we feel.
There is growing recent evidence that suggest that good nutrition is essential for our mental health and that a large number of these conditions may be influenced by dietary factors.
One of the most obvious,and yet so under-recognised factors in the development of major trends in mental health is the role of nutrition. There continues to be a body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace. As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Those people who do not report daily mental health problems have been shown to eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day, compared with less than half of those who do report those problems. This is similar for fresh vegetables and salad. Those who report some level of mental health problem also eat fewer healthy foods (fresh fruit and vegetables, organic foods and meals made from scratch) and more unhealthy foods (crisps, fried food, chocolate, ready meals and takeaways).
A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be encouraged and protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and of course the incredibly important water.
While a healthy diet can help recovery, it should sit alongside other treatments recommended by your doctor.
The Link below shows an article written by my friend, fellow therapist and highly qualified nutritionist and gives a clear concise insight into food & mood