Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. National Mental Health Month raises awareness about mental illness and related issues in the United States. Many mental health problems can be avoided by taking positive lifestyle choices in how we act and think before they can manifest. In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness is now a firmer fixture on calendars. In this BLOG learn more on how to improve your mental health through a healthy diet!
MEMORY AND A HEALTHY DIET
There are certain foods that can increase the chances of keeping your brain healthy as you age. If you want to remain mentally sharp as you age, consider adding the following foods to your diet:
Your body metabolizes glucose when eating healthy sugars and carbohydrates.
Opt for fruits that are rich in natural sugars.
Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good brain function and development.
Fish is linked with a lower risk of dementia and stroke, can help slow cognitive decline and can enhance memory as you age.
Nuts and Chocolate
Nuts are rich in vitamin E, which is attributed to slowing cognitive decline as you get older.
Dark chocolate (consumed in moderation) contains antioxidants, which can enhance concentration.
Opt for an ounce of nuts and chocolate daily to reap the health benefits without consuming excess calories.
Avocados and Whole Grains
Avocados and whole grains enhance blood flow to stimulate brain cells.
Blueberries protect the brain from stress and may reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Blueberries may increase your learning capacity and motor skills as you age.
Apples are rich in the antioxidant quercetin, which protects against Alzheimer’s disease. Don’t peel your apples, though, as the skin contains the most quercetin.
Some studies have shown that spinach can prevent and even reverse memory loss.
Spinach is high in folic acid, which protects against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
Iron deficiency negatively affects learning, memory and attention.
Eat dark, leafy greens, beans, lean meat and soy to boost the iron in your body.
When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together.