Nutrition and Mental Health
Does what we eat impact our mood?
Simply put the answer is, YES! Your brain is “on” 24/7 and requires a constant supply of fuel and that fuel comes from the food we eat. Proper nutrition is the fuel that feeds our minds to improve cognitive functions and regulate emotions.
Nutrition and how it affects our mental health is especially important during childhood due in part to the rapid growth and brain development that occurs. Establishing good nutrition habits will improve mental well-being and instill practices that will be beneficial well into adulthood.
Mental Health America’s article Healthy Diet: Eating With Mental Health In Mind reminds us about the importance of staying hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water a day and provides, some helpful tips on eating balanced meals and grocery shopping.
Resources for Children
Resources for Everyone
- Nutritional Psychiatry: The Gut- Brain Connection (Psychiatric Times)
- The Critical Role Nutrition Plays in Mental Health (Psych Central)