Your Diet and Mental Health
Is now the time to evaluate our food industry? Take a look at what we’re eating everyday? If you’ve landed here on this blog post and you have been quarantined because of the coronavirus, you may have already experienced what role your mental health plays in your life. Everything everyone is talking about among friend conversations, parents to children, the media, it’s all coronavirus. Entire states are shutting down gyms, which is enough to make any healthy brained person suffer mildly from anxiety. Now more then ever is the right time to take a look at what you’re eating and start to learn what to eat and how to keep your mind right during quarantine (and quite frankly, everyday). There is a connection between what you are eating everyday and your mental health. Let’s learn how your diet affects your mental health!
Mental Health Statistics will Reach all Time High in 2020
Depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, drastic mood swings, obsessive compulsive disorder, so few of so many different mental health issues that affect millions upon millions of people worldwide every day. With a world-wide quarantine on our hands, I am sure our world’s mental health statistics will reach an all time high in 2020. Why all time high numbers for 2020? The 23 year old who suffers from depression has no choice but to be alone in her home for weeks. The mom who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder is scrambling around her house trying to keep it over the top clean while her kids are at home indefinitely. The 28 year old man? He’s increasing his anxiety meds while stuck at home obsessively watching the coronavirus updates trying to avoid a mental breakdown. The affects of the coronavirus is going to affect the mental health industry, hands down.
Foods and Mental Health
According to the WHO, depression alone affects 264 million people a year. Another statistic for you? In 2016 the WHO stated that 1.9 BILLION people world wide are overweight, this is 25% of our population. There is no denying that foods and being overweight are connected. But, what about the connection between foods and mental health such as depression?
According to a CNN article, Fast Food May Contribute to Teen Depression, it shares information on a how urine from teenagers who ate a lot of foods high in sodium showed signs of depression. Foods high in sodium you ask? These are your fast food meals, processed and packaged foods, and lack of water consumption. Another result of the testing is that there were little to no signs of potassium. Potassium levels are rich in foods such as fruits, veggies, beans, fresh fish. All things on how diet affects mental health.
When your brain is trying to survive off of a diet that is junk, it’s left starving. Deep fried chicken strips healthy fats from chicken to feed the brain. Processed foods are are fake foods, only there to fill your stomach for a short time and have no real nutritional value. Soda, protein bars, baked goods, bread, all foods high in sugar which cause the body to focus on what to do with all of the sugar rather then send nutrients to your brain. The affect? A brain starving of fats and a mental health disorder.
How to Nourish your Brain
How can you nourish your brain? Nutritional Therapy would be a great start honestly. Learning what to eat and when. Learning to listen to your body. Healing your body from the inside out. All things that Nutritional Therapy is centered around. If you are interested in Nutritional Therapy or just have questions, please reach out. It costs nothing to have a conversation about it!
Did you know that your brain is made of about 60% fat? Mood swings, brain fog, ADD tendencies, all signs the brain needs more fat. Healthy fat. Not hydrogentaed fats from French fries friends. Coconut oil, olive oil, nut butters, eggs, raw cheeses, grass fed beef. All things that feed the brain.
It’s a crazy time right now, there is no doubt about it. Some quick pointers that will keep your mental healthy going in a positive direction during this crazy time we are living is to work on your diet. Here are some easy tips for you on how to nourish your brain:
- Drink more water and cut out juices and sodas.
- Try to eat the least amount of food out of the pantry as possible. There are still fresh foods available at grocery stores, trust me.
- Eat healthy fats, proteins, and carbs every time you eat. ALWAYS eat all three.
Take Care of Your Brain
It’s time, just do it. This crazy pandemic of a viral outbreak is really going to have all of our mental states tested. Be sure to eat healthy, feed your brain the nutrients it needs to get by each day. The grocery stores still have fruits and vegetables, fresh and frozen, we haven’t run out of food. Nourishing your brain with nutrient dense foods is the best way to take care of your brain and whole body.
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Stay Healthy Friends!