Poor Nutrition & Mental Health Issues
Have you ever heard the statement; ‘you are what you eat’? Well it’s about time you started to take it seriously because it is 100% true. Look at it this way, everything you put into your body is utilized by your cells. If you are taking in vitamins from your food your body uses them for all sorts such as repairing your immune system.
But what happens when you take in processed foods and chemicals? That’s another story! The fact is you really are what you eat. Your body and brain relies on what you consume to keep functioning properly but in this article we are going to focus on what poor nutrition can do to your brain.
Don’t take your vitamins? You could be susceptible to depression & OCD
Studies have found that the most prevalent mental health issues are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in many Asian and American countries. It has been found that they are often deficient in many nutrients, especially essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Protein fights anxiety!
It’s been discovered that the building blocks of protein (amino acids) tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and methionine are often very useful in treating many mood disorders including depression and anxiety. When consumed alone on an empty stomach, tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin, is usually converted to serotonin. Hence, tryptophan can induce sleep and tranquillity. If you haven’t been getting enough protein in your diet then maybe its time you started following a structured food plan to ensure you are getting all the protein you require – your brain needs it!
Are you drinking enough water? You could be shrinking your brain!
Most of us live in a state of dehydration and don’t even know it! Are you getting in your 8 glasses a day? Studies have shown that if you are only 1 per cent dehydrated, you will likely have a 5 per cent decrease in cognitive function.
If your brain drops 2 per cent in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math computations.
What’s even scarier is that prolonged dehydration is also a known factor in dementia and proper hydration may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Moral of the story – always drink your water!
Limit sugar – your brain will thank you
Your brain can become addicted to sugar and the effects of a sugar addiction can be as strong as those of a hard drug addiction.
Processed foods and sugary sweets and treats are packed full of a variety of additives, which can affect your brain function and mental state, especially artificial sweeteners. Research has indicated a diet rich in processed foods is also linked to an increased risk of depression.
One of the most neglected factors in mental health is nutrition. It is a long and complex topic and we have merely scratched the surface. Its all too prevalent that drug companies are supplying meds for every issue going but what we need to do is look to our own diet and nutrition first.
After all – nature does provide everything we need for optimal nutrition and health. Hopefully you will now take more care to look after your brain and nutrition.
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