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How Does Nutrition Affect Your Mental Health?

The daily food choices you make have significant effects on your overall health. You might already know that high-fiber foods are good for your heart health and that certain types of fat are worse than others. But did you know that your nutritional choices can also affect your mental health? Of course, a healthy diet can’t replace behavioral healthcare provided by a doctor. But you might consider asking your behavioral health specialist at JFK Medical Center North Campus if you could benefit from making a few dietary changes.

Nutritional Balance

There isn’t any one specific nutrient that supports mental health. Rather, it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet that features nutritious choices like whole grains, lean proteins, and lots of vegetables and fruits. Nutrient deficiencies aren’t widespread in the U.S., but you might consider asking your doctor if it makes sense for you to be tested. Some nutritional deficiencies are linked to behavioral health issues. For example, vitamin B1, or thiamine, is essential for facilitating nerve activity. Thiamine deficiencies may contribute to depression and irritability. Folate deficiencies might contribute to depression, fatigue, and impaired concentration.

Energy Levels

You may notice that when you’re tired or have little energy, you’re less likely to enjoy a positive, stable mood. Food plays an important role in stabilizing your energy levels. Eating sugary foods might give you an initial burst of energy, but you’ll feel an energy crash a short while later. Instead, choose foods with complex carbohydrates that your body digests more slowly. For instance, old-fashioned rolled oats are a healthier breakfast than sugary cereals or a muffin.

Eating Patterns

A person’s eating patterns can influence mood. Many people who are trying to lose weight start skipping meals. This isn’t recommended, however, because it leads to a severe dip in blood glucose levels. Severe food restrictions like skipping meals can contribute to stress, poorly regulated emotional responses, poor concentration, and even depression.

If you’re looking for supportive behavioral healthcare in West Palm Beach, FL, look no further than JFK North. Our behavioral health providers offer both inpatient care and outpatient services. Call a registered nurse at (888) 256-7694 to request a referral to a specialist.

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