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Mental Health exists on a continuum from positive, healthy functioning on one end to severe symptoms of mental health conditions at the other. We all move along the spectrum over our lives depending on the circumstances or stressors present at different times. This handout is intended for use with a patient, or yourself, to help identify mild anxiety or depression symptoms and suggestions for self-care habits.
You probably know that the food you eat affects your body. Many studies have shown the connection between your food choices and your overall health. Eating a nutritious diet helps you keep a healthy body weight and a healthy heart.
Eating Well for Mental Health
Healthy eating helps children and young people cope more effectively with stress, better manage their emotions and get a good sleep — all of which assist learning. Most research about nutrition and mental health has focused on adults. We know that good nutrition is associated with better mental health outcomes, whereas a poor diet is associated with a greater risk of depression and anxiety. However, e merging research that focuses on children and young people has also found a relationship between unhealthy diets and poorer mental health outcomes. Poor nutrition has been associated with:. Food insecurity can result in poorer academic performance, time off from school, stress, depression, anxiety, aggression, and difficulty getting along with others.
Official websites use. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. Find printable handouts and fact sheets that can be used for health fairs, classes, and other food or nutrition-related events. This brochure helps you to make every bite count with simple tips that set you on a path to healthy eating. These materials are in the public domain.
Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, with about half of those with depression also experiencing anxiety. Specific therapies and medications can help relieve the burden of anxiety, yet only about a third of people suffering from this condition seek treatment. In my practice, part of what I discuss when explaining treatment options is the important role of diet in helping to manage anxiety. For example, complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and therefore help maintain a more even blood sugar level, which creates a calmer feeling. A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is a healthier option than eating a lot of simple carbohydrates found in processed foods. When you eat is also important.
Eating Well for Mental Health
This Food Fact Sheet will look at how following a healthy diet can help protect your mental health. Eating regular meals can help your brain work at its best. Unlike other organs, your brain relies on a steady supply of glucose as its primary fuel. This comes mostly from starchy carbohydrates. Aim to eat little and often to keep your mood at its best.
Nutrition and Mental Health
A healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve concentration and attention span. Conversely, an inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and can slow down reaction time.
Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy — sometimes more so. I am passionate about diet and lifestyle measures for good health, because there is overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for, oh, just about everything: preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and mental health disorders, including depression. Diet is such an important component of mental health that it has inspired an entire field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry.
The Ohio State University. Explore videos from different sections of the grocery store to learn tips and tricks for making healthier choices when shopping!
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