Food for Thought by Megan Murphy
While there’s no set diet to help with mental health, there are foods that can positively impact your brain’s health and longevity.
Your physical health is still part of mental health. They work together and depend on each other for success. So, be kind to your body and try to feed it whole, nutrient-dense food. No one diet can assure happiness, and what you eat does not have any bearing on your worth. Don’t fall for the hype!
For brain health try to include plenty of greens, berries, and nuts in your diet.
Greens of all types, not just lettuce or kale, are beneficial to your brain because they offer vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your body to reduce cell death and can act as a natural blood thinner, which naturally prevents stroke and heart attack. Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin K.
When it comes to berries, your healthiest option might be blueberries (who’s making muffins!?) According to this Healthline article, “Blueberries and other deeply colored berries deliver anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.” Blueberries also help to de-stress your nervous system and limit inflammation. They are naturally low in sugar as well.
Nuts and Seeds
When it comes to nuts, walnuts are best for brain health. Walnuts in particular offers both Omega-3 and vitamin E in addition to being a good source of healthy fat. It’s also worth noting that Pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack packed with iron, copper, magnesium, and zinc!
When you feed your brain, your brain offers you longevity. Make a few healthy changes and see what your brain can do for you!
Here’s to a happy and healthy summer. Don’t forget to check out all 8 blogs we’ve posted with you in mind this Mental Health Awareness month.
- Vibrational tones for stress relief
- Music for productivity
- Colors, Scents, and Visuals
- Biological Prime Time
- Physical Activity
- Positive Atmosphere
Remember, today’s worth living. Take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself, others, and the world around you.