The saying, “You are what you eat,” isn’t quite accurate, but it is true that what we eat plays a huge role in determining how we feel.
Our eating habits help us get to—and stay in—optimal health, both physically and mentally. During National Nutrition Month this March, our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants to offer you some insight into how your eating habits affect your mood specifically.
How Does Food Affect Our Mental Health?
It’s pretty interesting, actually. Recent research has revealed what’s known as the “food-mood connection.” What you eat contributes to the function of your brain and body.
It’s kind of like a car—if you’re fueling up your car with poor quality gasoline, it won’t function optimally. So, if you’re eating lots of processed foods and high quantities of added sugar, your body and mind won’t function well. On the other hand, if you fuel up on healthy food choices, your mood will lift and your body will be at its best.
Fuel for Your Mental Health
- Fatty fish
- Whole grains
- Leafy green vegetables
- Foods rich in vitamin D
What Other Steps Can We Take to Improve Our Mood?
Following a healthy diet isn’t the only way we can improve our mood. It’s going to sound somewhat like common sense, but taking care of your body will help improve your mood.
When you’re practicing healthy lifestyle habits, you’re providing your body with what it needs to stay calm and capable. These habits also help you manage stress, which in turn improves your mood.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
- Eat a balanced diet filled with fruits and veggies.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Don’t smoke.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get enough quality sleep.
When was the last time you had your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today. No appointment is necessary!