Mental Health Nutrition
What we put into our bodies can always affect us in different ways. Some individuals may be highly sensitive to sugar or gluten, while others may have issues being allergic to eggs or shellfish. The nutrients we also receive from food can impact us negatively or positively, which makes what we eat on a daily basis very important. You cannot live on a diet of ice cream or fatty foods and not expect to gain weight and experience some medical issues down the road. It may be fine at first, but overall you will likely not be in the best of health.
Impact of Mental Health
Since our country is still very slow to embrace the impact of mental health, we often view everything from a physical perspective. For example, we are obsessed with the latest health food trends in terms of how it makes us look better and enhances our bodies by helping to eliminate fats, and so on. This is all well and good, and it absolutely is important to understand how food can affect the way our body functions; but our nutritional choices also affect the way our brains function and our mind works as well!
Good and Bad Chemicals in Our Food
Our brain is a fairly complex organism, and we often minimize its ability to adapt and react to various stimuli, be it a traumatic experience or even the chemicals found within our food. We cannot underestimate the way that we can react to various chemicals or components of our food, such as sugar, nor can we attempt to control how they ultimately affect us. When we start to realize this, and begin to pay attention to the what we eat, how often we eat certain things and even keep notes such as food journals, we can grasp which particular items are giving us trouble.
Balance is Key
By integrating natural foods and a focus based around a balance of fruits, vegetables and modest servings of healthy meats, we begin to see significant results. While many will undoubtedly have convictions on what foods should enter their bodies, such as the practice of veganism or leaning more heavily towards the vegetable side of the spectrum, as with vegetarians, the important thing to understand is how your body works and functions for yourself. Arguments can be made for both sides of the equation, and this is healthy and important: as long as your intake is balanced, you will likely be receiving excellent health benefits for not only your body, but also your mind and brain.
Rich in Vitamins
Foods rich in vitamins or minerals can be extremely beneficial for your mental health. Let’s try an experiment: for several weeks, try and keep a food journal and document how you are feeling after eating specific meals and types of food. Try to shift towards a diet that eliminates all or most sugars and processed foods. You will likely be able to make a determination within several days on how you are affected! Ultimately, you will be best served by either consulting with a nutritionist and a mental health professional on how to best gear your eating habits in order to eliminate some mental health issues.
We’re here to help
If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at 956-365-2600 or a completely free and confidential assessment. We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days per year to answer any mental health related questions you may have, so please reach out to us at Palms Behavioral Health today!