Nutrition and Mental Health

Following a healthy diet plays a large role in taking good care of yourself. Scientists have linked mood swings and other depression symptoms with unhealthy eating and deficiencies in some vitamins and minerals.

Your brain controls your mood and how you respond to stress. What you eat affects the way your brain and body interact. The better your brain functions, the better your body is able to function.

While there is not a perfect diet to guarantee good mental health, there are tips and guidelines that can be followed to help improve your mood and lessen negative mental health symptoms.

Improving your diet to improve your mental health includes:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Eating small frequent meals
  • Eating meals and snacks on a regular schedule
  • Understanding how different foods make you feel
  • Planning meals and snacks in advance
  • Limiting or avoiding unhealthy foods and foods that trigger negative mental health symptoms

 
It is tough to know what foods to eat and it can be challenging to follow a strict diet. To better understand how nutrition effects mental health and learn tools to develop healthy eating habits follow these links: