In light of Mental Health Day on October 10th we’ve put together a list of the best foods to eat to keep your mind as happy and healthy as possible.
Little, sweet, bite-sized brain food! Many berries contain flavonoid antioxidants which research suggests can help improve communication between brain cells, reduced inflammation throughout the body and can help increase plasticity which helps brain cells form new connections, boosts learning and memory. It is also suggested they can help reduce or delay age-related neurogenerative diseases and cognitive decline.
- Leafy greens
Greens such as spinach and broccoli are high in folic acid. Being low in folate as well as other B vitamins has been linked with higher rates of depression, fatigue and insomnia.
- Whole grains
Glucose is the biggest source of energy for the brain, which comes from carbohydrates (a very misunderstood energy source!) Simple carbs can create a low mood by causing spikes in blood sugar. Complex carbs, however, release glucose slowly which in turn helps us feel full for longer, and gives us a source of fuel for the brain and body.
4. Fatty Fish
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been known to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other mental disorders. Omega-3s have high benefits on the production of neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin.
Fermented foods such as yoghurt, kimchi and tempeh contain probiotics which have been shown to reduce anxiety and stress hormones. A healthy gut equals a healthy mind!
Always remember to look after body and your mind. The two definitely go hand in hand.