Diet and Nutrition for a Balanced Mood
Recent evidence suggests that good nutrition is essential for not only our physical but emotional health. Research shows that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors. The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace.
One of the most obvious, yet under-recognized factors in the development of major trends in mental health is the role of foundation nutrients. As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food nutrients play an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as:
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
- Alzheimer’s disease.
Nearly two thirds of those who report feeling good mentally eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day, fresh vegetables and salad and are adequately hydrated.
Those who report some level of mental health issue report that they:
- Eat fewer healthy foods
- Ready meals
- Fast food
- Simple Starches
A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be sustained by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of the foundation basics:
- complex carbohydrates,
- essential fats,
- amino acids,
- vitamins and minerals
While a healthy diet can help recovery, it should sit alongside other treatments recommended by your healthcare provider.