The evidence of food’s link to mental states has been growing.
“As part of our fight against mental health, we have a very much underutilised tool – FOOD. You have the ability to improve the way you feel by controlling what you put on your plate.” – Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Here are four of the techniques that you can try at home that can help you:
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Sugar and processed foods
Sugar and food that is converted quickly into sugar (like many breakfast cereals) cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise falling after 2-3hrs. This can cause a rise in your body’s stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline which can have a negative impact on your mood.
This is essential for brain function and may protect against anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Include fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies), grass-fed meat, seeds and leafy vegetables to your diet.
Tryptophan is an amino acid the body converts into serotonin, your feel-good neurotransmitter. Eat pork, chicken, seeds or walnuts with a healthy carbohydrate source (like sweet potatoes) to help transport more tryptophan into your blood.
Some scientists refer to the gut microbiota as the brain’s peacekeepers.
Having a healthy population of gut bugs can have a significant influence on your mood via the gut-brain axis. The prebiotic fibre contained in vegetables (leeks, onions, garlic, artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower), as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut, help them proliferate.
How food can improve your mental health | May 2017
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