What we eat can affect our physical and mental health. Eating a healthy well balanced diet not only provides the energy we need to keep healthy but some foods actually help our ‘mood’. We need to nourish our mind and body for good mental health.
Top 5 foods to nourish our mind and body for good Mental Health
Okay before you go reaching for the chocolate bar you need to read this. Chocolate is definitely a mood booster and can improve your memory – don’t you just love it? However, dark chocolate which is 70% or more cacao is the way to go, according to researchers could improve cognitive performance in older people who were experiencing early memory decline.
Carbs always seem to get a bad wrap and most people think they need to cut them from their diet. However a well balance diet should contain 50% complex carbohydrates because their main function is to provide energy to the body. Carbohydrates contain the monosaccharide, glucose which is the main fuel for neural function in the brain.
Dark Green Vegetables
Popeye was onto something! Dark, green leafy vegetables such as spinach are high in folate a form of Vitamin B and researchers at Harvard Medical School found that increasing the folate levels in patients suffering depression helped improve their mood.
Salmon and Oily Fish
Salmon and other oily fish contain Omega-3 which is a fatty acid essential for brain function. The body cannot produce Omega-3s naturally but can be sourced in Salmon and oily fish. A deficiency in Omega-3 can produce mood swings, depression and impair memory.
High in antioxidants which support brain function and cognitive function berries are a quick energy and mood booster.
In the next post we look at Relaxation Techniques