Brain Food: How Nutrition Impacts Mental Health

Brain Food Mental Health

We all know that nutrition plays a significant role in your physical health, but did you also know there’s a connection between diet and mental health as well?

While the connection may not seem as clear, most of us would agree that our emotions and mental clarity are at least someone affected by what (and how much) we put into our body.

How Does Food Impact My Mental Health?

Just like foods rich in carbohydrates, sugars,  starches and fats can leave our body feeling less than ideal, the same is true for our mental state.

The more a food is nutritionally sound, the more it can feed our brains with the nutrients it needs – such as vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and proteins. These nutrients are critical for feeding parts of our brain that are responsible for things such as:

  • Memory
  • Energy production
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Mood
  • Concentration/Clarity

What Foods Boost Brain Function?

Consuming appropriate amounts of nutritionally sound, whole foods can leave you happy, healthy and focused. Here are some excellent examples:

  • Produce – Rranges, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens and apples
  • Dairy – Low-fat yogurt, low-fat/fat-free milk or soy milk
  • Protein – Lean poultry such as chicken or turkey, Tofu, seafood, Greek yogurt, eggs, low-sodium beans
  • Others – Consider oatmeal and whole grains

Tying it All Together…

While the types of foods you eat are essential to brain function and overall mental health, keep in mind that the frequency with which you eat, as well as how much, impacts your brain as well. Your diet should never leave feeling hungry, weak or deprived, and moderation is key!