Powerful Foods for Your Mental Health
There are certain foods that can help you achieve a better mental health. I call them powerful foods because they give your brain power to maintain a healthy level.
I am going to share with you a little story for my beloved grandmother. The last year was really though for her. She lost her job and that made her really really sad. Her lifestyle was poor, she was smoking too much, drinking, and om top of that her eating was poor – no fruits, almost no veggies and etc. Long story short – three months ago we took her to the doctor’s office and we found out that she has dementia and depression. Soon after that she received a stroke.
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In this really stressful moment for me, I figured out that she should change her whole lifestyle to be better. Her brain was absolutely damaged and that was the moment when I started reading and doing researches on how exactly food can heal the brain.
It is Spring here in Bulgaria and it is normal to feel tired and foggy from time to time. That’s why I decided to implement most of the foods in my regime so I can test the result.
The effect was amazing. I feel much better and my head is not in the clouds.
The powerful foods are going to also help you if you have anxiety and depression.
A few years back when I had my severe depression I was testing the foods I eat and I was really surprised to see how some foods can actually affect in a great way my mental health. For more interesting and helpful information about dealing with anxiety and depression once and for all you can check my new ebook In the eye of the storm: Cure Yourself from Anxiety and Depression
There’s a huge and very powerful connection between nutrition and your mental health. It is great if you tale supplements but there’s no better way than actually eating foods that are going to give you the right nutrition.
Spinach is one of the best options to improve your mental health. It is a source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and folic. You can easily incorporate this leafy green vegetable into your regime. Its taste is a little strange but you can easily prepare many dishes with it. I love making it on a salad. Almost all leafy greens such as kale and chard have almost the same nutrition. Spinach also has omega-e’s which is also really beneficial for your mental health and your body.
I must say that I LOVE eggs so much! They are not only tasty but really easy to prepare. There so many variations. Eggs are one of the few sources of Vitamin D. They are a huge source of protein and Vitamin B12. In eggs you can also find omega-3’s. You can combine hard-boiled eggs with a green salad or make a delicious fritata with spinach and tomatoes. The options are limitless.
This one is my favorite lately. Yogurt is filled with millions of probiotics. It can help you with your digestion. Yogurt allows your body and brain to absorb better the nutrition it uses. There are some new researches that suggest that good gut health and your mental health are in a close relationship. Greek yogurt has a high level of protein and it is good for your overall health. I love making bowls with fresh yogurt, banana, strawberry, tahini and honey. It is really delicious and healthy, the perfect breakfast.
Here I struggle the most. My boyfriend doesn’t eat fish and I don’t have a habit of cooking fish. But I always eat when my mother cooks. I should definitely work on that part of my healthy mind lifestyle regime. Salmon is a wonderful source of protein and omega-3, of course. It is also packed with high levels of vitamin B, especially vitamin B12. The tryptophan in salmon converts to serotonin, which is great for the brain because it is a mood regulator. Omega-3 is REALLY important and if you can’t eat fish just like me you should definitely take Omega-3 Supplements.
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I have a love/hate relationship with broccoli. In my early years I used to hate broccoli but at some point I decided to give it a try. They are really beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. Broccoli is high in potassium, vitamin C, and folate. They also consist a lot of fiber, which is working as a prebiotic. This is great for a healthy gut. I love boiling them and mixing with olive oil, garlic, and cheese.
For me, these are the foods that have a significant effect over my mental health. I try to implement them daily in my diet. They are perfect for you in every case.
The food you eat is crucial for the state of your mental health. There are also many other foods that can help you achieve a healthy mind.
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Some spices such as turmeric, saffron, and cinnamon should be part of your mental health diet.
If you want to be more motivated and focused in your daily life you need to eat more dopamine-rich foods such as chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts, and seeds.
If you suffer from anxiety and you want to ease the symptoms you have to take gaba-rich foods like almonds, walnuts ( my favorite, lentils, bananas, whole oats, and brown rice.
Many of us experience problems with mood, sleep and craving control. You can work on these problems with serotonin-rich foods such as eggs, turkey, nuts, and sweet potatoes (in love with them) or quinoa.
Foods that contain more vitamins like B6 and B12 have an amazing effect over your brain. Eat more leafy greens, lentils, cabbage, parsley, cauliflower, and etc.
Take care of your brain, keep it in a great shape. Eat well and your brain will thank you.
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