Nutritional Strategies for Mental Health and Emotional Stability

Change Your Food, Change Your Mood…. so the saying goes…

And it’s true.  Food holds massive potential for influencing your mood, your behaviour, your general outlook on life.  For you and for your kids. Why?  Because food affects your physiology.  Food gets broken down into thousands of different components and those little pieces interact with your cells.  Nutrients drive function.

Fact: Food influences your mood, your sense of wellbeing and your ability to focus. Making small shifts in your dietary patterns and food choices will  sharpen your mind, lift your spirits and help you live, learn and function your best.

Here are 6 Nutritional Strategies for Mental Health and Emotional Stability:

1. Eat For Blood Sugar Balance

Start your day with protein and fibre and fill your diet with “slow foods” like whole grains, healthy fats and protein that give your brain and nervous system a consistent supply of energy

Result: more consistent mood, better appetite, fewer cravings, improved focus

2. Healthy Fat and Protein at Each Meal

Eat fish 2-3 times a week, use coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil and small amounts of organic butter. Eat eggs, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, and legumes for protein.

Result: you will give your body the raw materials it needs to create neurotransmitters and keep your cells healthy

3. Eat Clean; Live Clean

Read labels on food, personal care products and cleaners to avoid additives, pesticides and chemicals that block neurotransmitter function, mimmic hormones and deplete nutrients.

Result: Less stimulation of the nervous system, better neurotransmitter function

4. Fresh Fruit and Leafy Veggies Every Day

The phytonutrients, antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and enzymes found in these foods keep your body and brain running smoothly.  Include spices like turmeric and ginger too.

Result: reduced inflammation, better digestion and increased nutrient intake so you can think more clearly and your spirits lift

5. Minimize Brain Busters

Avoid transfat, sugar, processed carbohydrates, additives and caffeine – they stimulate the nervous system, destabilizing cells, and interfere with cellular communication. 

Result: dissolve a powerful road block that’s interfering with your health goals and make way for quicker progress

6. Use Supplements to Fill The Gap

Fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and amino acids have been studied for their effects on mood, behaviour and learning. Talk to your health care team to create a plan as you transition your diet.

Result: Faster relief from symptoms and a shorter road to recovery

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