Can Your Diet Affect Your Mental Health?

We all know how great it feels to bite into our favorite food. But can the food that you eat every day affect your mood, too? It can!

A new field of science called Nutritional Psychiatry has been studying the connection between food and our mental health. It’s been shown that some foods have antidepressant qualities, which are scored on a scale.

They’ve also seen that highly processed foods and foods containing artificial ingredients can affect our digestion. Did you know that our gut contains 90% of serotonin receptors in our body? Serotonin is often considered the “happy hormone.”  No wonder we love to eat! 

If you’ve been feeling down lately and want to try something to boost your mood, try eating a healthy meal full of vegetables and proteins. Researchers often recommend the “Mediterranean Diet,” as a way to help with anxiety and depression. It’s full of delicious vegetables, oils, nuts, fish, and lean fats. 

Food by itself cannot cure or treat mental illnesses, but your diet is an important part of keeping your body and brain at its best.

Resources

Gut feelings: How food affects your mood – Harvard Health Blog

How diet affects mental health