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FOOD  | 5.8.18  |  by Gia Dolney

The month of May is National Mental Health Month.  And one of the pushes is the #4MIND4BODY challenge.  And what the challenge is doing is reminding people that our minds are affected by what we eat, our sleep, stress, and exercise.  Mental Health America says there is a mind-body connection to our mental health.  At SMG, we thought we’d talk a little about diet and how it can improve your mood.  Plus we have a Mental Health Grocery List for you to download.

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Diets Do Matter for Mental Health

Our diets do matter when it comes to mental health.  And according to Mental Health America, your brain and body benefit when you have a diet that includes omega 3 fatty acids, b vitamins, folic acid, vitamin D, prebiotics and probiotics.  All of these help improve mood, reduce inflammation, and reduce signs of depression.

The opposite of this is a diet high in processed, sugary, and fatty foods – and research shows this does not help your body or your brain when you do it the other way around.

Download your Mental Health Grocery List

Here is a Mental Health Grocery List to download and print for your next grocery visit.  It contains a list of specific foods that are known to improve your mood.

Examples are lentils, almonds, avocados, oranges, brown rice, eggs, asparagus – and dozens more.  The food list provide good sources of nutrients to help brain health — and improve that mind / body connection.