Nutrition and Mental Health

One of my passions in life is nutrition. Recently I came across an article on metalhealth.org.uk which talked about how an individual’s nutritional choices effects their metal health. I am sure we are aware of what comfort eating is and how easy it can be to fall into. Just as poor nutritional choices can have a negative impact on an individual’s mental health, good nutritional choices can have a positive impact.

In their article metalhealth.org.uk highlight that two thirds of people with better mental health ate fresh fruit and vegetables every day. It also reported that half of people who had poor mental health ate fresh fruit and vegetables daily. The more natural foods you eat such as whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, the healthier the body will be which will have a positive impact on mental well-being. This to me makes perfect sense. I know from my own personal experience that the more processed food I eat the worse I feel, not just physically but mentally. When I make better food choices I find that I have more energy, more focus and generally feel better. People who have known me a long time know that I like to eat. They know that I aim to eat every two and a half to three hours when possible. This might seem like a lot; however, my portion sizes are not excessive. By eating small regular meals, I can keep my blood sugar levels stable and reduce the risk of becoming irritable. This also increases the effectiveness of my medication. For me a combination of sensible nutritional choices, regular exercise and ensuring that I take my medication helps me manage my mental illnesses.

Useful links:
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
http://www.mind.org.uk
http://www.nice.org.uk
http://www.who.int

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