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Improve your mental and emotional health through healthier eating

The ‘food-mood connection’ is the new buzzword, which relates to the results of eating habits on the mental health and mood of a person. You can actually enhance your mental and emotional health by eating a healthy diet.

What should you eat to enhance your mental and emotional health?

Folic acid and vitamin B-12

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These have a profound effect on the overall functioning of the body, especially on the creation of blood cells. These vitamins help in the release of dopamine and noradrenalin in the brain, these chemicals are mood elevators. These fight depression and also increase the effect of medicines given for depression. Leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli and legumes like beans and fruits contain folic acid. Milk products, eggs, meat, fish, cheese are some foods that are rich in Vitamin B12.

Omega-3 fatty acids

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These are good for the brain and the cognitive abilities. Omega-3 fatty acids enhance the health of the heart by minimizing the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol. Researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids improve the mood and mental health of a person. The foods rich in omega-3 are flaxseeds, walnuts, fish, flaxseed oil and seafood.


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Magnesium is found in beans, nuts, green leafy veggies, brown rice and whole wheat products. This mineral helps in the generation of energy in the body. It facilitates in the proper functioning of the heart and the muscles. Some studies have shown that it helps in a speedy recovery from depression.


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The serotonin levels of a person in depression are quite low. An amino acid called tryptophan helps in the production of serotonin. Red meat, soy, turkey and dairy products are some foods that contain tryptophan.

Emotional health and disease

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Research has shown that there is a deep effect of a disease on the mood of a person. The people suffering from high blood sugar become irritable and the ones who have low blood sugar get depressed and lazy. Mental issues and mood swings begin to crop up with people suffering from a deficiency of vitamins and minerals and a low consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Low levels of vitamin D can result in depression, fatigue and mood swings.

The diet to improve your mental and emotional health is not a substitute to any medication. Food rich in the above substances can help in improving the mental and emotional health.

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