How Does Diet Affect Your Mood?
There is some truth to the saying you are what you eat.
Obviously no one is going to turn into a slice of pizza or a Big Mac, but eating processed food every day can have a negative effect on not only your physical health, but also your mental health.
I am a big believer in mindful eating and having balance in what you eat. If you are craving some pizza, eat some pizza, however one cannot only eat pizza to survive.
A balanced diet is always a good idea. A 2017 study found that a Mediterrean-style diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, fish, unsaturated fats and nuts, paired with a fish oil supplement improved mental health in adults who were suffering from depression.
Skipping meals can also be a sign of struggle when it comes to mental health.
Skipping meals can also lower blood sugar and make people feel “jittery” and more anxious. Studies have found that individuals with low levels of magnesium and zinc were often experiencing symptoms of anxiety, so it is always important to meet with a medical professional and make sure your blood levels are within a healthy range.
Caffeine has been studied extensively and it has been shown that if someone struggles with anxiety, caffeine can increase the feelings of anxiety. Caffeine can make people feel nervous, jittery and can also affect sleep.
Lack of sleep is another anxiety trigger and I’ll be talking more about sleep hygiene in another article.
The bottom line is that what we eat does affect our mood.
Make sure to visit your medical professional to ensure your blood levels are within a healthy range, make an effort to eat a balanced diet filled with vegetables and fruit, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated.