“You are what you eat”, is a saying we all must have heard at least once in our lives. A diet that comprises all the necessary nutrients not only keeps our physical body in good shape. But also is great for our mental health. A well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet helps us keep our minds active, happy, and relaxed. Whereas if we don’t pay attention to our diet and eat inadequately we will feel tired, stressed, gloomy. This can even lead to a more serious state where we become clinically depressed. In this blog, we will mainly be talking about what foods can have a positive effect on your mental health and well-being.
Carbohydrates- Carbohydrates that have longer sugar molecules together, also known as complex carbohydrates are very beneficial for your mental health. Complex carbs can be found in food items such as brown rice, potatoes, corn, legumes, beans, chickpeas, etc.
Lean Protein- Lean protein also provides your body with the energy it needs to function effectively. Lean protein is also important for your mental well-being. It allows your mind to think and react quickly to situations and doesn’t let you be panicked or be confused. Chicken, red meat, fish, eggs, flaxseeds, and nuts are good sources of lean protein.
Fatty Acids- Important for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system, fatty acids can be found in chicken, meat, fish, eggs, flaxseeds, and nuts.
Foods To Avoid For Mental Well-Being
Processed foods, oily foods, foods with preservatives and fats should be avoided as much as possible as they make you feel tired and take time to be digested. This hinders your ability to focus and do your daily task efficiently. In the long run, a habit of eating these foods can lead to a sense of feeling not doing enough and thus leads to depression. In general, you should eat as natural and healthy as possible for good mental health.