There has been an increasing acknowledgement of the role mental health plays in your ability to achieve your goals. In this post, we look at some of the best readily-available nutritional options that keep you in the best mental shape.
Your body is uniquely designed to give signs and symptoms that let you know when your mental health is on red alert. It could look like feeling blue, low energy, mood swings and anxiety.
The good news is you can switch things up by what you feed your body. Studies have shown a relationship between your general wellness, mental health and underlying nutritional deficiency.
Here are five super foods we recommend you incorporate into your diet. These super foods are accessible in your local supermarket, farmer’s market and maybe in your backyard.
Water - Drinking plenty of water will help keep you in good physical and mental health. A steady supply of water in your body has beneficial effects on you such as creating more energy, more feelings of calmness and positive emotions. It also keeps your circulation flowing smoothly, aiding digestion, and weight loss, easing your joint movement and helping your body absorb the nutrients in your food. When adequately hydrated, you sleep better and wake up feeling energised. Water is very important for maintaining your mental health.
Yoghurt - Yoghurt contains nearly every nutrient that your body needs. It is a rich source of probiotics which provide potassium and magnesium that aid the oxygen supply to the brain. Yoghurts fortified with Vitamin D, promote bone and immune system health and may reduce the risk of some diseases, including heart disease and depression. In our books, it is a better replacement for soft drinks and makes for a delicious snack.
Bananas - Bananas are so great for having a healthy mind. They are mood enhancers as Bananas contain a few nutrients, including magnesium, that may increase melatonin production and reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. A reduction in cortisol levels may help enhance sleep and relaxation. Both of which can do so much good for your mental health. Bananas are equally rich in Potassium, Vitamin B6 and fibre, nutrients all important in boosting mental health.
Eggs - Though unfairly demonised in the past, study after study shows that eggs are one of the healthiest foods. Loaded with choline, an important nutrient for the brain, eggs are nature’s perfect food for you. As a bonus, they are also cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and taste delicious.
Nuts - Nuts make a delicious, protein-rich snack or addition to meals. They’re versatile, easy to eat on the go and a good source of protein. Some nuts may contain a high level of essential fatty acids that help your brain perform optimally. Nuts contain a good amount of iron and provide oxygen to the brain, which increases your mental alertness. Whatever your pick, whether almonds, cashew, pistachios, walnuts, or peanuts, Nuts are a healthy source of plant-based protein that makes a convenient snack and are versatile to be added to many dishes to boost their protein content.
We also recommend speaking with our experienced nutritionists and dietitians to help you identify the root cause by diagnosing, and patiently guide you through a customised wellness plan that restores you back to great health. Having good and sound mental health helps you lead a happy and healthy life.
At EHA Clinics, we have an experienced team of nutritionists and dietitians that are available for you. To book a consultation with our Nutritionists please visit our website www.eha.ng or call 08003422546427.