It is said that door of your mind opens through the way of your stomach. Our health mostly depends on our food habits.But is it possible to improve our mental health with food? Is there any relation between food and mood?
We usually have craving for sweets when we feel stressed or sad. Even there are people who used to take alcohol to reduce stress. Both sugary food and alcohol have negative impact into our health.But there are certain food which can improve brain health to uplift mood.
Fish which are rich in omega3 fatty acid should be in your meal for your mental well being.Selmon and tuna fish are rich in omega3 fatty acid. However some plant based omega3 fatty acid rich food are there, which are Red kidney bean,Cauliflower,Broccoli,Canola oil,Chia seeds and Flexseeds etc.
Omega3 fatty acids or DHA are not produced in our body naturally. So to work on it you can add fatty fish or plant based Omega3 fatty acid in to your meal.Researches has shown that consumption of Omega3 fatty acid leads to good mental health.
Egg is a complete food, rich in Protein,Vitamin D and B12. Consumption of egg is benefited to our nervous system and our brain health. Since egg is high in antioxidants,it preserves and protects the brain cells. Egg is easily available and easy to cook food.Tons of ways are there to eat eggs.You can choose your favourite one. Mine is, egg poach and hard boiled egg curry.
3.Green Leafy vegetables.
Loaded with B Vitamin floate, green leafy veggies reduces depression and also improves metabolic system. Add green leafy veggies into your daily meal and stay both mentally and physically fit. Spinach,Turnip green,Ladies finger,Lettuce,Broccoli and many more are there in the green leafy veggie’s list.
Yogurt contains active good bacteria which are called probiotics.Probiotics are good for our intestines.Low fat plain yogurts also contains good amount of protein,calcium,Vit B6 and B12,raboflavin,potassium and magnesium.It boosts immunity, protects bones and teeth, improves digestions and also reduces the risk of cancer.As a good source of probiotics ,consumption of yogurt reduces depressions because the lactobacilus bacteria affects our mood providing direct link between health of gut microbiome and brain. (As bacteria in the gut sends and receives signal to the brain it is known as gut-brain axis).
There are varities of yogurts available in market. Those are Greek Yogurt,Australian Yogurt,Soy Yogurt,AlmondYogurt,Goat milk Yogurt etc.
We know fresh fruits and vaggies are good for health. There is nothing new about it. But for good mood or mental well being certain fruits have really magnificent role.Know some of these miracle fruits.
Fresh fruits contais minerals,fiber,vitamins and micronutrients. Consumption of fresh fruit keeps our body hydrated for long time and lowers the risk of depressions.
Above five foods are only a small part of the list of mood boosting food. There are many more names in the list. We all are blessed with lots of healthy food from Nature which keeps our body and mind healthy and energetic
To embrace a healthy lifestyle with fully energetic mood we need to add some healthy food into our diet.To feel good, food plays a significant role.
However it is true that our mood can be influence by many factors like sterss,financial imbalance,unhealthy relationship,poor health condition,unpleasant environment etc.But the role of healthy food in case of mental well being is vital.Researchers still working on the link between nutrients and mood but it also true that the relation between nutrients and mental health is emerging.
“Tell me what you eat,I will tell you who you are” -Brillat-Savarin.