Eat Your Way to a Healthy Mind

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Mind

5 ways to keep your mental health in check through the fuel that is food...

Maintaining a healthy mind is as crucial as keeping our bodies in shape. While exercise and sleep are often emphasised, the role of nutrition and supplements in mental health is equally important. Here are our top 5 ways to keep your mind healthy through diet and food.  

1. Embrace a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet rich in a variety of nutrients is the cornerstone of mental wellbeing. Focus on incorporating a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals. Each food group provides essential nutrients that support brain function - fruit and veg are rich in antioxidants, whole grains provide energy, proteins are crucial for neurotransmitter production, and healthy fats support brain structure and function.

2. Maintain Stable Blood Sugar Levels

Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can have a significant impact on mood and energy levels. To maintain stable blood sugar, eat regular, balanced meals, and avoid excessive consumption of sugary snacks and refined carbs. Choose complex carbohydrates instead, like whole grains and veggies, which provide a steady release of glucose into the bloodstream, supporting sustained mental energy and focus.

3. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can lead to cognitive impairment and mood disturbances. Our brains are approx 75% water, and even mild dehydration can affect brain function. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and more if you are active or when the weather is hotter. Incorporate water-rich foods such as cucumbers, oranges, and strawberries into your diet to boost hydration levels too.

4. Consume Vitamins & Supplements 

Incorporating supplements and vitamins into your daily meals or drinks can have a huge host of health benefits for the body and the mind. Mycologic Mind Flow will improve mental health by increasing focus, promoting calmness, decreasing stress and boosting REM sleep. Try adding 1-2ml into soups, smoothies, sauces or hot drinks. 

5. Have Mindful Eating Practices

Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. It can help you develop a healthier relationship with food and reduce stress. Take time to savour your meals, chew thoroughly, and appreciate the flavours and textures. Avoid distractions such as watching TV or scrolling through your phone while eating. By being present during meals, you can enhance your digestion and feel more satisfied, which can positively impact your mental wellbeing.

The saying 'you are what you eat' rings true, especially when it comes to mental health. By embracing the above points, you can really nourish your mind and support your mental health. 

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