Only in recent years have we finally begun to acknowledge the connection between diet and mood.
Can you believe I went through seven years of post-secondary in psychology, and there wasn’t a single lesson on nutrition for mental health? Fortunately, I had always been interested in nutrition (a silver-lining byproduct of a decade-long battle with eating disorders) and how what we eat affects our mental health.
After struggling with depression and anxiety for many years, I began to notice the way I ate could leave me feeling better, or worse, mentally. I initially told myself it was all in my head, but the connection sparked my curiosity enough to research the relationship between nutrition and mental health further. Lo and behold, there was research out there that confirmed my suspicions, and in the decade since, studies continue to solidify the fact that what we eat (or don’t eat) affects our mental health. Based on some of that research, here is what you need to know to eat for a healthy mind:
1. Get Enough Mood-Impacting Nutrients
Deficiencies in certain nutrients can lead to anxiety, depression, and even psychosis. In particular, the following nutrients are tied to adequate serotonin production (our “feel good” chemical) and therefore our mental