A healthy eating habit is not just about observing strict dietary limitations, trying to get ridiculously slim, or depriving yourself of the many wonderful foods that abound. On the contrary, it is more about producing more energy needed to be efficient, stabilizing your mood and improving your health. It seems that for every expert, whatsapp post or magazine article that tells you a certain food is good for you, you will find another saying exactly the opposite.
We all know that eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but your diet can also have immense effects on your mood, sense of wellbeing and overall countenance. Studies have proven over time that eating a typical Western diet—filled with processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks, has a connection with higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. The increasing rate of mental health disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia, or the increased risk of suicide in young people also have a connection with unhealthy eating habits.
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking meals at home, and reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, on the other hand, helps to improve mood and lower the risk for mental health problems. In case you have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, eating well can even help to manage your symptoms and regain control of your life.
While certain foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. That means maintaining a healthy eating pattern isn’t an option if you intend to live healthy. You don’t have to throw off all the foods you enjoy and live on only vegetables but a constant check and regulation of your sugar level can go a long way in maintaining a healthy life.
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