Sure, a pizza is delicious, but what about the It is well known that what you eat affects your body. A good diet has a direct relation with the shape you’re presently in. But what’s lesser known is the link between nutrition and mental wellness.
A healthy diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health.
A very large body of evidence now exists that suggests diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health.
So, What is a Healthy Diet?
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, say a healthy, balanced diet should include:
- Fruits and vegetable
- Whole grains
- Low-fat dairy
- Lean protein
- Limited amounts of sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar
What I Eat Goes To My Stomach So How Does…Wait What?
Think of it as this way; your brain functions non-stop, 24×7, 365 days a year, even when you’re fast asleep. And this powerful little tool needs a little something to act as fuel from time to time. What is injected as fuel makes all the difference.Take your brain as an expensive car. The durability and the performance of this car completely relies on what you feed to it.Continuing the analogy, good fuel is a good diet and bad fuel is all the unhealthy stuff you munch on.The nutrients we get,or don’t get from food is also a key factor in the link between diet and mental health.
New research also finds that your food choices may also affect your mood and mental health. This is sometimes called the “food-mood connection.”
What Should I Do?
Diet is potentially the most powerful intervention we have. By shaping our diets, we can improve our mental health and decrease the risk of psychiatric disorders. It’s not just a problem for adults. Half of all long-term mental disorders start by age 14. Today, childhood mental illness affects more than 12% kids in India.
Hence, a good diet should not just be a regime that is to be followed in the latter parts of one’s life but instead something that is incorporated earlier on.