Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind – MHA

You’ve probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat,” but what exactly does that mean? Put simply, food is fuel, and the kinds of foods and drinks you consume determine the types of nutrients in your system and impact how well your mind and body are able to function according to Mental Health America.

Drinks

Avoid: Sugary drinks and excessive amounts of caffeine. Sugary drinks have empty calories and damage tooth enamel. Caffeine should also be avoided in excess, as it can trigger panic attacks in people who have anxiety disorders.

Try to: Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (about 2 liters) to prevent dehydration. Studies show that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes1, in addition to physical effects like thirst, decreased or dark urine, dry skin, headache, dizziness and/or constipation. Limit caffeine if you have an anxiety disorder. If you feel like you need some caffeine, try tea. Tea has lower amounts of caffeine than coffee and has lots of antioxidants-chemicals found in plants that protect body tissues and prevent cell damage.

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4 responses to “Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind – MHA

  1. Extremely good advice, Tony!

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  2. Totally agree! I have to take Vitamin D supplements. I have tested low in the past and need to take it several times a week. I also eat a lot of grapefruits. I’m trying to stay consistent because I’ve heard Vit D and Vit C can help prevent, or help you if you get, Covid. But going outdoors is what also helps my Mental Health, even when it’s hot outside. Good info!

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  3. I love this article, you think in very much the same way as me about food fueling the body and mind. Thank you for sharing.

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