Eating Right Is Good For Your Mind, Not Just Your Body, Says Justin Perich

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: justinperich

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Some mental health professionals say that nutrition does not affect your mental health. However, as a culture we have all embraced poor eating habits and therefore, we may be ruling out nutrition in order to put the blame elsewhere for mental health issues.

Eating  Right  Good  For  Your  Mind,  Not   Just  Your  Body   By  Justin  Perich     Some  mental  health   professionals  say  that   nutrition  does  not   affect  your  mental   health.  However,  as  a   culture  we  have  all   embraced  poor  eating   habits  and  therefore,   we  may  be  ruling  out   nutrition  in  order  to   put  the  blame   elsewhere  for  mental   health  issues.     Mental  Health  problems  have  become  commonplace  in  our  culture.  We  have  become   used  to  bizarre  outbursts,  breakdowns,  ADD,  and  depression.  Just  as  eating  healthy   helps  our  bodies  operate  more  efficiently,  it  can  also  help  the  mind.  A  better  diet   that  is  full  of  nutrient  dense  food  can  improve  cognitive  ability,  mood,  and  overall   mental  health.  There  is  documentation  to  support  the  fact  that  nutritional  wellbeing   affects  both  your  physical  and  mental  health.  Vitamin  and  mineral  deficiencies,  also   known  as  malnutrition  makes  the  body  susceptible  to  diseases  like  diabetes,  cancer,   heart  disease,  and  metal  illness.     The  best  way  to  support  overall  health  and  wellbeing  is  a  diet  filled  with  clean,   whole  foods.  This  means  naturally  grown,  unprocessed  foods  without  artificial  or   chemically  changed  additives.  Whole  foods  have  the  most  nutrients  of  any  foods   available  and  these  nutrients  positively  affect  both  mind  and  body.     Without  vitamins,  like  vitamin  B,  you  can  experience  damage  to  your  nervous   system.  This  damage  can  lead  to  poor  short-­‐term  memory,  apathy,  confusion,   irritability,  depression,  fatigue,  lethargy,  headaches,  and  abnormal  brain  wave   patterns.  If  you  skip  meals  like  breakfast  or  do  not  have  a  high  enough  caloric  intake   it  can  hinder  your  problem-­‐solving  abilities  and  your  confidence.  Eating  too  much   sugar  or  artificial  sweeteners  can  cause  insulin  resistance,  mood  swings,  and   depression.    

The  bottom  line  is  that  our  food  intake  affects  our  behavior,  mood,  and  brain   function.  Hunger  can  make  us  irritable  or  even  restless;  whereas  a  good  meal   improves  mood  and  can  make  us  feel  satisfied  and  confident.     So  to  create  a  better  diet  for  mental  health,  you  need  to  eat  fresh  fruits  and   vegetables,  avoid  sugar,  and  drink  lots  of  water.  This  combination  of  food  will  help   you  achieve  both  physical  and  mental  health.       Justin  Perich  is  a  filmmaker,  music  lover,  and  food  nut  from  Ann  Arbor,  Michigan.  He   attended  Bowling  Green  State  University,  where  he  concentrated  in  Pop  Culture  and   minored  in  Psychology.  In  2007,  he  graduated  from  the  New  York  Film  Academy  with  a   focus  in  digital  filmmaking  and  animation.    

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