Diet and mental health- Are they connected?

Diet and mental health- Are they connected?

It is a long known fact that what you feel and what you think is largely dependent on what you eat. Depression and anxiety are on the rise and what we do not realize is the fact that apart from the stress, even very common ingredients such as sodium and bread can be a real reason for a dip in your mood . Another huge factor is not taking proper meals at proper times and the hidden effects of skipping meals can really lead to short and long term negative effects on health such as low energy levels and dire performance. Studies show that if we skip meals, our bodies load calories more quickly, which means the whole purpose of skipping meals is defeated. Edward Stanley says, “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. In addition to that, more than permissible intake of caffeine in a day adds the oil to the fire. Caffeine with improper diet strikes to your neural system to target anxiety and restlessness. Long term anxiety results into depression. The key to a better lifestyle and mental health is a work life balance rather than keeping your work as a sole priority and ensuring the meals we take are full of nutrients and are taken at proper timings.
There is a direct correlation between not eating properly and an increase in lethargy which ends up becoming a vicious circle. Breaking such circles are tough but definitely achievable. Jason Sale mentions in an interview- “Our bodies do not know how to digest these ‘food like’ products resulting in stress and weight gain. Nourish your body with real food and it will shine for you.” Now, here is a brighter picture wiping the dark charcoal of above passage. Eat fresh food, avoid preserved and packaged food which contains high level of sodium and preservatives. Never skip your meals, get appropriate hours of sleep and do not forget to have some fun along the way! Just giving your diet and health a real position in your everyday to-do list is going to help you be more peaceful and content in life, physically and mentally!

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Samiha Husain
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