Mental Health: Fight Fatigue, Anxiety & Depression by Eating Nutritiously

Eat Nutritiously to Fight Fatigue, Anxiety & Depression

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety disorder is the most prevalent mental illness in the United States. It affects 40 million adults or 18.1% of the total population every year. Anxiety is closely connected to depression. This means that most people with anxiety disorders also show symptoms of depression. The vice versa is also true.

The Mental Health Foundation, notes that a well-balanced diet rich in nutrients and vegetables is associated with feeling of wellbeing. Similarly, a study in 2014 found that poor diet is linked to poor mental health.

The brain controls, breathing, senses, thoughts, heartbeat movement, and almost all lives aspect. This means that we must take utmost care of the brain. For the brain to perform optimally, it requires energy. This energy comes from the food we consume. That means that by paying attention to our diet, we can control how our brain works. Our brain functions best when we eat a balanced, nutritious, and healthy diet. Diet also influences how we age, think, and feel.

Food with plenty of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids protects the brain from oxidative stress. It also nourishes the brain. Oxidative stress is a byproduct produced when the body uses oxygen, which destroys brain cells.

It is also worth noting that our digestive system does not only digest food but also influence emotions. Gastrointestinal tract produces 95 percent of Serotonin. Serotonin, a transmitter that regulates appetite, sleep, inhibits pain, and mediate mood.