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Healthy Eating and Mental Health

There are a number of factors in life that can influence mental health but is a person’s dietary nutrition a factor in their mental health wellness? Some researches say yes.

Mentalhealth.org has an article on Diet and Mental Health that mentions that many times the link between diet and mental health are overlooked but researchers are finding a correlation with some mental health illnesses.

picture of lettuceWhat you decide to eat will greatly depend on allergies and your own diet and medical problems. If you are a strict vegetarian then some suggestions may be out the window, but being a vegetarian you probably already know what foods you can use to get the same benefits.

Things I found of note in their article were the suggestions to have a wide variety of foods in the diet, to be sure to have protein included in every meal and also to avoid/limit refined foods. Eating high sugar content meals, as they mention in their article, is how sugary foods are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and that it “may cause an initial ‘high’ or surge of energy that soon wears off as the body increases its insulin production, leaving you feeling tired and low.” (Mentalhealth.org)

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Another recommendations is maintaining a healthy weight. In their section on healthy weight they mention the effects of food on weight loss and weight gain that sometimes are linked to depression. Working out can actually help provide a stress reliever and natural positive contribution to mental and body health.

You can read their entire article here and for more research based information on how healthy eating can contribute to mental health the article HelpGuide.org has more information. Also, if you scroll along the side and explore the site you will find information on tips for healthy meals along with ideas to help mix it up and keep meals deliciously inviting.

As always, research is at your fingertips so go explore, check sources and see how you can live a healthy and happier life.

Stay Healthy

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