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How to Eat for Better Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's not often that we connect the status of our mental health to the foods that we put into our mouths. We connect diet to physical health -- but mental wellness? It's hard to see the connection. But if you dig deep, you'll quickly find that your diet has a huge impact on overall mental wellness. And this means that if you're suffering mentally, it may help to adjust what you eat. Interested? If you want to keep yourself mentally well through diet, take a look at these tips for better physical and mental health through proper nutrition. 

Cut the Sugar

Neither the body nor the mind really like sugar. Actually, that's not true. We like sugar. In fact, the body and mind both get a bit addicted to it. But sugar is not good for our physical or mental well-being. Though we need a little bit of sugar to survive, most of us eat far more than necessary. Excessive sugar intake can lead to weight gain, sluggishness, lack of focus, and a wide array of other side effects. If you really want to eat for better mental health, cut back on the sugar and watch your body and mind improve. 

Drink More Water

Water is one of the most important things that we put into our bodies. Without water, we suffer dire consequences. We may have dry skin, poor concentration, weight fluctuations, poor moods, and eventually sickness and death. Water absolutely matters! Staying hydrated can make us feel better in body, mind, and spirit. And for the most part, we don't get close to enough. Improve your water consumption, and everything about your health will likely take a turn for the better. 

Don't Obsess Over It

Obsessing over food is never a good thing. If you're too obsessive, you'll only lead yourself to mental health problems. Eating disorders, excessive stress, yo-yo dieting. Just don't do it! Instead, choose a few modest rules and stick with them. Maybe you include veggies with every meal. Maybe you aim for a water goal. Maybe you don't do nighttime snacks. And when you mess up -- which you will! -- don't fret over it. Let it go and move on. This one step is huge for maintaining a healthy relationship with food and better mental health overall.

Seek Professional Help

It's always important to keep in mind that food isn't a cure for mental health issues. Don't be afraid to reach out for help from a professional when you need it. It may make all the difference in your life! Stay healthy with these basic food tips, treat your body and mind well, and you can enjoy more of what life has to offer as the years go by.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Folsom, Calif.

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