Mindful Health

It’s true to say that the importance of physical fitness and proper nutrition is being overly publicised. Infact more so than ever before. But when it comes down to overall health, we often lose sight of one other very critical aspect of our health. Our mental health. Our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical wellness.

We are constantly being told a good diet is essential for our physical health. And there is no doubt that it is. For example, we know the importance of a high fibre diet for a healthy gut, and the benefits high antioxidant foods have against fighting free radicals circulating in our bodies, but does eating the right food play a role in the health of our minds?

The answer is yes.

Diet and Mind

We believe that diet plays a role in disease prevention and management. But the Mental Health Foundation has found that a healthy diet is also important for our mental health. Diet can play a role in the development, management and prevention of some mental conditions, including:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) &
  • Alzheimer’s disease.

Before we go any further, please note we are not suggesting that diet can control these conditions, nor that it can cure these diseases, and that other treatments should be stopped in favour of a particular diet. However, at The Yummy Mummy Club we agree with The Mental Health Foundation, that diet may play a role, alongside other treatments, in the management of these conditions. We are more likely to feel healthy if we consume a balanced diet, with the correct balance of our macronutrients fats, carbohydrates, proteins, as well as consuming adequate vitamins and minerals.

Keeping your Mind Active

I am a huge advocate for a healthy diet. I believe diet is therefore important for mental health, but what about keeping your mind busy? It is believed that certain activities can help keep the mind sharp and slow down brain degeneration and ageing. Doing crosswords, and other ‘brain-training’ activities helps keeps your brain active.

Physical Activity and the Mind

Physical activity can help keep your mind active and healthy. Yes, doing puzzles keeps the brain active, but it only uses only a small part of your brain. Aerobic exercise, by contrast, can do a world of wonder. Exercise causes all the blood vessels in the body, including in your brain, to dilate. This changes the metabolic capacity of the brain.

Conclusion

Our minds are shaped by all our experiences, ideas and thoughts. We can choose what we ‘feed’ our minds, just as we can choose what you feed our bodies. What you choose to consume for your mind can make your mind more or less ‘healthy’, and certainly more or less interesting.

Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

 

 

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