Most people are already aware of the various benefits of eating healthy food on our physical body; it can keep us fit, prevent heart diseases, and keep us active. But recent studies have shown that eating healthy can also put you in a good mood and improve your mental health.
There is no quick fix of magical foods that can instantly uplift your mood. It’s all about maintaining a healthy dietary pattern, and you’ll instantly notice a surge of energy that revitalizes you.
Here is how a healthy diet promotes a good mood.
A Boost in Energy
The food you eat can really make or break your productivity and work. Eating a healthy amount of complex carbs like oatmeal, apples, and pumpkin seeds or lean protein like salmon and eggs will keep your blood sugar level balanced.
This keeps you active and energetic throughout the day and helps to repair any tissue that our body requires to make essential neurotransmitters.
Without stabilized blood sugar levels, your mood can change rapidly leaving you drained of energy and feeling more irritable than ever.
Promoting Enhanced Immunity
Having a poor diet that lacks adequate nutrients to keep your immune system strong can make an individual susceptible to illnesses. With an enhanced immunity, you will have to make fewer trips to the physician or pharmacist and have more mental clarity.
You can boost your immune system with Vitamin C, probiotics, Vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Eating a well-balanced diet with all of these components induces increased production of natural killer and B-cells, and white blood cells, and improves gut flora like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Improved Neurotransmitter Production
When you’re only consuming junk food daily, the healthy production of gut flora in your stomach is affected which in turn affects the production of neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters can have a huge impact on your mood. Without these positive chemicals floating around in your brain, it’s likely that your emotions and mood will fluctuate.
But when you stick to a healthy diet with two pieces of fruit a day, legumes, and lots of vegetables, you’re going to feel much happier and feel more productive. A healthy diet can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
If you feel like your mental health requires more than just a change in diet, reach out to our psychiatric nurse practitioners at Natobe Healthcare.
Our affordable and accessible psychiatric telehealth services are available in DuPage County, Cook County, and Will County. With our holistic behavioral health services, we assure you that all of your specific needs and requirements will be met.