Well in Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

How to Eat for Optimal Mental Health

Research shows that in people who experience depression, those who ate less junk food and more fruit, vegetables, fish, and legumes experienced a 33% improvement in their symptoms.  Hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers, and commercial baked goods have been shown to be linked with depression. People who ate these showed a 51% increase in risk for depression.

  • What to eat: Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, black beans, chickpeas, soybeans, oranges, apples, grapes, kale, bok choy, and spinach. These foods have been shown to reduce the risk of depression
  • Nourish your brain: Omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, B12, folate, vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, iron (all found in a Mediterranean diet).
  • Top 10 raw foods related to better mental health: Carrots, bananas, apples, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, cucumbers, dark leafy greens (like spinach), kiwi, and fresh berries.

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