Nutrition & mental health

4 May 2016

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 absolutely imperative and should be worked alongside treatments, recommended by a physician, if that is considered appropriate.

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  1. Brad 04. May, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Great blog, today!

    I agree completely that the relationship between what we eat and our mental state is so important.

    I also think that short term, comfort food like a tub of ice cream in a personal crisis can also be an immediate pick up, but I know this is never a long term solution.

    • Ilana 04. May, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      Thank you. Yes, my mum always used to say that a little bit of what we fancy does us good and I believe it to be true. When we’re at a low ebb comfort food can make us feel better.

      I think more needs to be done to help those with little access to the right foods understand how they can contribute to their own mental health.

      If more of us got this side of our lives right and included our emotions in this scenario, I know we could do more to combat illness, including anything to do with our mental health.

  2. Bonnie Johns 14. Nov, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    For the past month, I’ve been on a high protein diet and very little to no carbs. Not only have I lost some pounds, I’m more energetic and willing to get out and do things, which is usually an argument I have with myself daily.

    It’s worked out great and I love it!

    • Ilana 14. Nov, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie. I think it’s always important to find what works for us and a high protein diet sounds as though it’s working for you.

      All I would say is that perhaps we must make sure that what we do now doesn’t impact our health negatively in later life. I’m not sure how many of us think about that when we make decisions around health.

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