Unfortunately, the role of Nutrition isn’t always recognised when it comes to mental health, but it is possible that a more balanced mood can be achieved, by ensuring our diet provides adequate amounts of essential fats, complex carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
It is estimated that nearly two thirds of people who don’t report mental health problems, manage to eat fresh fruit or drink fruit juice every day, compared with less than half of those who report daily mental health problems. The pattern is similar for those eating fresh vegetables and salads.
The people who report some level of mental health problems also eat fewer healthy foods, including organic foods and meals that are made from scratch, fresh fruit and vegetables and including crisps, chips, ready meals and takeouts as their preferred choice of diet.
Food has always played a part in our wellness and will continue to play an important part in our health, particularly in the development, management and prevention of conditions like ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
When it comes to recovery from illness a healthy diet is imperative and should be worked alongside treatments, recommended by a physician, if that is considered appropriate.