If maintaining physical health and mental equilibrium seems harder lately, it’s a good idea to take a look at your diet. It is a scientific reality that what you eat affects not only your body but your mind.
It has also been proven that some foods contain high levels of beneficial nutrients that will help to alleviate anxiety and depression, build energy, and fight fatigue. At the very least, they can calm you temporarily, perhaps allow you to sleep, and give you time to concentrate on long-term solutions.
Rather than turning to alcohol, caffeine, or pills when you’re anxious, grab a bowl of blueberries or a small piece of dark chocolate. They’re not only calming, but they’re satisfying on a deeper level, with the “right stuff" to help you calm down.
Instead of high-sugar-content snacks and caffeine drinks and drinks when you need an energy boost, opt for granola and green tea to counteract your worries. (Read “5 Superfoods You Should Incorporate into Your Diet”)
Research shows that most people have more energy, feel happier and calmer, and sleep better when they eat more fruits and vegetables, so that seems a great place to start.
Chronic fatigue has many causes, and not all are diet-related. However, a proper diet is one of the best ways to promote sleep, and adequate sleep habits combined with proper nutrition should give your body the energy it needs to function well throughout the day. If you have trouble sleeping, stay away from caffeine. Try having a cup of chamomile tea or a glass of milk before bedtime.
Your primary food choices should include:
Eating this type of well-balanced diet, along with proper sleep and regular exercise, are the building blocks of a healthy body and mind.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of declining mental health, reach out for help. Your family doctor can refer you to a mental health professional, or you can contact Carbon Health. Our team of experts offers virtual mental health support so you can get the care you need.