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Does what you eat help with mental health?

February 15, 2019

By: Maya Perry

Mental health is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. Certain habits such as therapy, yoga and exercise can help you with your mental health. But does what you eat attribute to how your mind works? 

The answer is yes. Here are a few mental health diagnoses and some food that you can eat in order to help you deal with your everyday life traumas.

Nervousness- characterized as excessive worry or fear, this anxiety disorder can be cured or handled by eating more eggs, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Eggs are a great source of Vitamin D and create serotonin, dark chocolate helps reduce perceived stress in female students. Pumpkin seeds help regular electrolyte balance and help manage blood pressure.

Depression- Foods like turkey, tuna and chicken have an amino acid called tryptophan, which may help you make serotonin. Carbohydrates are linked to the mood-boosting brain chemical, serotonin. 

Stress- Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain folate, which produces dopamine, a pleasure-inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones.

Fatigue- Adding lemons to your diet can also boost your metabolism, prevent spikes in insulin, and provide enough potassium to help improve brain and nerve function. Beans also known as the nutritional powerhouse can provide long-lasting energy without dips due to the blood sugar-stabilizing quality of fiber.