Can Food Affect How You Feel?
We live in enlightened times, and most people already know how important a healthy diet is when it comes to taking care of your body. But did you know that a good diet is as important to your mental health as it is to your physical health? Studies are beginning to show that what we eat can affect our brain structure and lead to changes in mood and behavior. Making some healthy changes is never a bad idea, and it is an easy way to ensure that you are doing everything you can for your body and your mind.
Eat and Drink Often Enough
If you do not eat regularly, your blood sugar will fall, which may lead to mood swings. The first step to keeping your blood sugar regulated is to make sure you are eating healthy meals and small nutritious snacks between meals throughout the day. Also, keep a large bottle of water with you to stay hydrated.
Get Plenty of 'Good' Fat
Many people think that eating healthy means avoiding fat altogether, but some fats are great in small amounts. Your brain needs fatty oils like omega-3 and omega-6, found in chia, coconut oil, pumpkin, and avocados.
Proteins contain amino acids, which are in turn used by your brain to regulate thoughts and emotions. It is no surprise then that protein is a very important factor in your mental health. The best sources of protein are seafood, eggs, beans, vegetables, and nuts.
Cut the Caffeine
Drinking a lot of tea and coffee can make you feel better right away, but in the long run it's not good for you at all. Caffeine has been identified as a major contributor to anxiety and depression, and can also cause insomnia and irritability. Opt for green tea alternatives and caffeine free and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
For more support on your behavioral health needs, please call MidValley Healthcare today.