Each year, millions of people face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. That’s why October is celebrated as a mental awareness month. It’s an excuse to remind ourselves that a lot can be done, to make our mental health balanced and positive, and that each little step leaves an impact. After a chat with Preety Tyagi we have accumilated some points and certain foods that can help you sail through, help you nourish yourself well, and put you in a better state of mind.
Foods For Gut Health And Mental Health
Our gut is also known as our second brain and there is a reason for that. Our gut and brain are physically linked through a nerve, and the brain and gut are able to send messages to each other. While the gut is able to influence emotional behavior in the brain, the brain can also alter the type of bacteria living in the gut. Paying attention to how you feel when you eat, and what you eat, is one of the first steps in making sure you’re getting well-balanced meals and snacks. Since many of us don’t pay close attention to our eating habits, I highly recommend maintaining a food journal.
While you maintain the food journal, make sure to include a lot of essential omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. These are beneficial for our brain as well as our heart health. Foods such as nuts and seeds, fatty fish, avocados, coconuts etc. are great for our brain health.
In order to have a healthy brain, one must completely say no to processed foods and foods with excessive sugar and preservatives. One of the biggest health impairments is society’s reliance on processed foods. These foods are high in flours and sugar and train the brain to crave more of them, rather than nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Include The Following In Your Diet
- Complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice and starchy vegetables can give you energy. Quinoa, millet, beets and sweet potatoes have more nutritional value and will keep you satisfied longer than the simple carbohydrates found in sugar and candy.
- Lean proteins also lend energy that allows your body to think and react quickly. Good sources of protein include chicken, meat, fish, eggs, soybeans, nuts and seeds.
- Fatty acids are crucial for the proper function of your brain and nervous system. You can find them in fish, meat, eggs, nuts and flaxseeds.
Apart from these foods, rely on regular physical exercise, learning new habits, being creative and playful, staying connected with loved ones, family and friends, lending a helping hand to those in need, indulging in some purposeful work and fulfilling your relationships, will help you boost your mental well-being and bring you to a balanced state.