Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Heather Carr1
Nutrition and Mental Health
The link between mental health and nutrition is an often overlooked one. Good nutrition can reduce the risks of developing a depressive disorder.
Studies have found that people who eat a diet of whole foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and high-quality proteins – show a reduced risk of developing some types of mental health problems. Consuming foods high in selenium, calcium, and magnesium can help with memory and stress relief, while folic acid and other B vitamins can relieve depression and fatigue.
It’s important to remember that while whole foods can reduce the chances of developing some types of mental health problems, a depressive disorder needs to be treated by a doctor. Good nutrition and exercise is only part of the whole.
The infographic below shows the details on the link between nutrition and health and has recommendations for the types of food to increase in the diet.