Updated: Jul 10, 2020
When mental health is compromised, daily tasks we can normally do effortlessly may start feeling labored to us. Similarly, when we contract a common cold or a virus, anxiety and depression make you want to be in bed. There is nothing wrong with you, but you need to go see a therapist so she can prescribe the right treatment, which may include supplements, certain lifestyle changes, and a diet. There are many studies backing the influence of nutrition on mental health.
Most professionals would advise we eat leafy greens and other superfoods that are really good for our health. Sometimes though, exhaustion is so bad that food shopping, cutting, and prepping need us to be, at least at the onset of recovery.
How can we take the first step toward recovery?
The key is to add food that can provide you with vitamins such as B complex, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids. Here are some choices that you can start eating right now without investing extra prep time, yet enjoy eating them:
I am liking this list already! Dark chocolate is a source of magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Magnesium acts to regulate excessive stimulation to your nerve system, producing a calming feeling. Antioxidants have been found to improve symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. According to my doctor, iron deficiencies sometimes translate into poor concentration and many mental illnesses.
I don’t know, but I am going to take that as a medical prescription.
Chia seeds are known as a superfood because of its many nutrients. They contain vitamin B1 and B2, as well as magnesium. Vitamins from the B complex help promote healthy brain functions. Sprinkled over Greek yogurt tastes really good!
Now that we mentioned Yogurt. This dairy product contains calcium, vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, potassium, and magnesium, which makes it a super start food on calming anxiety.
Another known superfood due to its richness in healthy fats, vitamin B1, and B12. Almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts are especially good because they also contain magnesium. Also, Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Sardines are excellent vitamin B12 and vitamin D sources, they also provide Omega-3 fatty acids that help regulate polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS). Our bodies cannot produce these fatty acids on their own and, if we are not consuming fish twice a day, we need to supplement it. However, due to modern agriculture and food production practices, our diets contain a surplus of Omega 6 and a depletion of Omega 3. Achieving a balance of these PUFAS is crucial in avoiding anxiety. Sardines come normally canned and they afford long shelf life which makes it really convenient and easy to consume.
Remember that your body has the strength to fight for survival. Anxiety and depression are foreign bugs that, like any other flu, attack our system when it is vulnerable, but you can prevent them from taking over your energy and positive attitude by becoming stronger than them with a balanced diet, physical activity, and music.
Fight back! get off of that bed and dance.