When we say mental health we all have different opinions on what that means. Mental health has a huge range of sub-categories, in the same way the autism or eating disorder has many labels. Unfortunately, because of this difficulty understanding mental health it is very much still a hidden and unsupported groups of symptoms.
The range of symptoms associated with low mental health is enormous, and often the medical profession will simply prescribe anti-depressants as a plaster to cover up the problem.
Lack of Energy
OCD / ADHD
Change in Appetite (increase or decrease)
These are just some of the symptoms, there are many more.
How does food effect how we feel ?
Our diet can have an enormous effect on how we feel. Here is a quick list of some of the problems food can bring about.
Fats & Oils - The essential fatty acids also known as the omega oils, play a fundamental role in our mental health. Diets high in saturated fats such as palm oil, corn oil, rapeseed oil have been shown to contribute towards poor mental health for some individuals. Olive Oil and oily fish such as salmon, pilchards, mackeral are all easy ways to add the right oils into your diet.
Vitamin D - Lifestyles plays a part too; lack of daylight, clothing, foundation makeup on the skin contributes to a lack of exposure to daylight so we cannot produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is another key player towards good mental health. GET OUTSIDE - walk to the shops, take the dog out, walk to the station, reduce cover up make up ladies, expose your face and hands to daylight.
Sugars - Diets high in the quick hit sugars found in biscuits, pastries, sweets, cakes, most fast foods will provide an energy high or spike, but your energy will also plunge quickly, making you feel tired, low mood and low motivation. Some people can feel aggressive or angry when they have the quick hit sugars, and children can become hyperactive and naughty.
Green Vegetables and wholegrains are best as they provide B1 (Thiamine) Zinc and Folate which are all associated with helping improve mental health.
This is not a definitive list, as each individual has individual needs.
As a Consultant Nutritionist I can help guide you to make changes to your diet to help your mental health. It is a wonderful and simple route to feeling good and better in yourself.
Counsellor Caroline Aby can also help with Counselling at The Therapy Clinic Rooms, Faversham, Kent
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