Mental Health Disorders… WE ARE ALL AT RISK.
Your age, nationality, gender or the car you drive does not dictate your mental health.
The WHO’s (the World Health Organisation) latest research has shown that ONE in FOUR people will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder in their lifetime.
There are numerous factors that play a role in mental health issues, BUT how you fuel your body can make a significant impact.
Let’s take a look at how your diet can impact your mental health:
1. Refined Sugars:
All the beautiful treats! Donuts, cakes, biscuits, breads, and baked goodies (and my personal favourite, macaroons), all interfere with insulin regulation. It causes sugar spikes AND dips and are generally inflammatory. (There is a strong correlation between inflammation and mood disorders)
Don’t think you are safe with fruit juices and energy drinks, they are high in sugar, just like fizzy drinks (some even worst).
2. Processed Foods:
Processed meats and cheese, fries, ready-made meals, packaged/tin foods, artificial sweeteners and crisps may make you more susceptible to mental health disorders, because these foods cause changes within the gut, and the gut is where 95% of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin, is made! (When I first discovered this fact, I was literally blown away! BUT it also made so much sense to me personally).
3. Caffeine & Alcohol:
I believe; everything in moderation! Caffeine is found in coffee and energy drinks, and if you consume too much of it, it can make you feel anxious. And if you consume too much alcohol it can alter the balance of chemicals in your brain and leave you with a low mood.
Let’s take a look at foods that will have a positive impact on your mental health:
• Lean animal protein like chicken, turkey or fish (If you are not Vegetarian or Vegan)
• Seeds, nuts and green leafy vegetables
2. Complex carbs:
Our brain is made up of approximately 60% fat! We need fatty acids to promote health and the repair of brain tissue.
• Omega 3-fatty acids such as salmon and sardines
• Chia seeds and flaxseeds
Remember Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants all have a positive effect on your mental health as well.
Try to eat natural foods 80% of the time and choose to nourish your body AND your brain!