First, nutrition accounts for only part of the mental and emotional health picture.
Things like exercise, stress management, sleep, social support, and a sense of purpose are also crucial to feeling balanced, strong, and capable.
Second, mental and emotional well-being depends on many different nutrients from many different foods.
What to eat?
Consistently eating a wide range of minimally processed foods influences mental and emotional health much more than consuming any specific nutrient.
Here’s a little over view of what some of the key nutrients do…
Fibre: Feeds “good” bacteria, potentially contributing to betetr memory, focus, cognition and mood.
Healthy Fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids: enhance brain cell signalling, reduces inflammation and may fight depression.
Protein, supports brain structure, neural communication and overall function.
Phytonutrients: protect brain cells from metabolic damage.
If you are looking to support your mental health with dietry changes remember to work with where you are right now.. As dietry restriction goes up, so can emotional-health problems. Small steps in the right direction can go a long way.
Supplements to use?
Some supplements *may help to boost the effects of a healthy diet pattern… But it’s best to consult your doctor first.
To help support a better mood: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Curcumin, Creatine
To help support higher energy: Creatine, Vitamin B12, Rhodiola Rosea
To help manage stress: Awshwagandha, Saffron
Consider the Environment.
Who your eating companions are and the thoughts you have can affect your mental wellbeing as powerfully as what is on your plate.
-Try, where possible to set yourself up in a calm, leisurely environment.
-Slow down and savour your food where possible.
-Explore some positive connections, dine with people who help you laugh, relax and feel loved.
-Cook for a friend, or simply just be kind and compassionate to yourself.
Here are some approaches to get started with… Experiment, track and review.
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