Mental Health Awareness

Supporting your mental health may involve things like talking therapies, lifestyle changes, dealing with stressful situations and maybe doing things like meditations.

All those things are wonderful and really help to keep you mentally well and happy. But one missing link is diet and the nutrients you feed your brain. These are vital for your mental health.

There are specific nutrients that help with cognitive function like:

Omega 3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish like salmon)

Flavonoids (found in dark berries)

Vitamin E (found in seeds)

B vitamins (found in leavy greens)

3 of the B vitamins that play an important role in brain health are B6, B9 (folate) and B12. These help to break down homocysteine - high levels of this have been associated with cognitive impairment and dementia.

These B vitamins also help with the energy production we need for our brain cells.

Try eating more of the B boosting vitamins by increasing your greens (broccoli, kale, spring greens), eating more oily fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines), adding some berries like blueberries, strawberries and blackcurrants. Avocado is great for vitamin E (and great for your skin too) and also dark chocolate (70% + ideally) as it is full of antioxidant properties (hurrah!).

Magnesium is also another mineral that has been generally found lacking in the western diet so try getting more of this (particularly if you have signs of a deficiency like cramps) - Epsom salt baths are great - you can eat your dark chocolate at the same time!

3 day mini series on how to stress less is coming up next week - look out for details! In the meantime join my facebook group here 👇

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