Food For Body And Mind

Food doesn’t just affect our bodies, but our minds. If you’re eating well, you’ll notice an improvement in your mental as well as your physical wellbeing. Here are some of the main benefits a good diet can have on your mental health:

  • Stabilising your energy levels

    Low GI foods help stabilise your blood glucose and provide you with a slow and steady release of energy. Sticking to a low GI diet can help you avoid the mood swings that can arise when you reach for a sugary snack to get you through that mid-afternoon slump.

  • Levelling out your moods

    Not everyone has a sensitivity to sugar, but if you eat too much of it, you can come to depend on it for a rush of energy, and that’s bad news for your mental health. If you find that you have poor concentration, irritability and anxiety, you may have a sugar sensitivity – avoid foods with added sugars, and you’re likely to feel a difference.

  • Managing your emotions

    Many of us rely too much on artificial stimulants such as caffeine to get us through each day; when we do without, we feel lethargic, cranky or miserable. Cut out stimulants and opt for a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains – you’ll feel much better for it.

  • Regulating your behaviour

    We inadvertently consume many foods laden with additives and colourings, and these can have a disturbing effect on our behaviour – they’ve been linked to conditions such as ADHD and hyperactivity. Try to avoid anything that has too many artificial colourings or flavourings.

Next time you go food shopping, keep a simple checklist handy to help yourself make the best choice for your body and your mind. Your food should ideally be:

  • Low sugar
  • Low fat
  • Free from additives
  • Low caffeine
  • Low GI

Food is medicine, and healthy food can improve your mental wellbeing in all kinds of different ways.