It’s not likely that any of the estimated 17.6 million alcoholics in the USA know that alcohol is classified as a depressant, though they might be very aware of its classification as a drug. It acts like the ones you’d want for drowning stress out of your mind. So much for beer belly and junk food on the side. Think of all the calories popping the buttons on many items of clothing. Some highly favored foods and beverages affect human health in a negative way. Other foods improve your mood and thinking skills. Reviewing some basic facts just might prompt you to clear off your plate and start over so that you can nourish your mind to better cope with life. Clear your brain and body with a glass of toxin-removing water as you think about the nutrition and mental health information below.
Nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts are full of manganese or magnesium. They boost brain health and that promotes happiness, resilience plus attentiveness. Brazil nuts hold mood-boosting selenium, which is also found in whole grains and beans.
Ready to fend off depression without drugs? Eat more citrus fruits, leafy greens, legumes, and nuts. Hot drinks can be soothing, so enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa from time to time. Don’t make them into habitual drinks, though. Too much of a good thing can sour anyone’s mood and physical health. Nutrition and mental health matter.
While you’re charging up your brain with the above nutrients, take time to exercise. The chemicals that you’ll create will remove toxins and increase your satisfaction with life. Your physique will thank you when you look in the mirror n a few weeks.
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- Add protein to your menu with chia seeds, fish, flax seeds or oil, eggs, and pistachios among other protein-rich foods that taste good.
- Vitamins are minerals are essential nutrients for brain and body health. You’ll get them and health-improving carbohydrates in berries, in vegetables (especially root vegetables such as beets, carrots, celery, potatoes, and turnips), in whole grains, plus in beans (soak them a few hours and dump the water before cooking beans, to prevent belly bloat).
- Thirty per cent of your daily fats should be in your meals, according to World Health Organization guidelines. Avocados, olives, and fish are easily accessed sources of good-for-you fats. Eat some, not a lot, of those hi-calorie foods.
- Wash down the above food items with plenty of water, clear tea and fresh-squeezed juices. You’ll be feeling happier and more clear-headed than lots of other people in a few hours. That will improve over the next few days, getting progressively better the more you eat and drink what’s good for you.
And yes, we’re realists at e-counseling.com. Enjoy some junk food once in a while I call it “feeding your inner giggle.” It beats feeling down about some strict diet and abandoning your food plan as an “All or Nothing” option. Nutrition and mental health can become a fun hobby, not a boring routine.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.