What we eat matters for our mental health
Has it ever happened to you that depending on your mood you eat differently or vice versa depending on what you eat later you have a different mood?
Ait-hadad et al, observed the impact of nutrition on future expectations (optimistic or pessimistic). A diet varied in non-caloric products such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, legumes, whole grains and non-salted oleaginous fruits, is associated with greater optimism. In addition, people who snack less frequently and when they do eat healthy products are associated with greater optimism.
In 2016, thirty-three thousand adults participated in this study, in which their mood was measured several times a day as the diet quality of each adult. Their hypotheses were confirmed adults with higher fruit and vegetables intake was a predictor of reduced risk of depression, increasing positive mood and life satisfaction. Showing more optimistic.
We found that this is also a circular process by which eating fruit and vegetables produces greater satisfaction and optimism, but precisely this optimism causes eating healthier and avoiding unhealthy products. Luann Laurice (2009) conducted a study in which she observed that people who were more optimistic had healthier habits such as eating. Optimistic people are more likely to adopt healthier behaviors including less smoking, more exercise, problem solving, and a sense of control in stressful situations
All of these studies can be helpful in combating the low mood that begins to develop in adolescence, such as anxiety or depression.
What are you waiting for to start eating healthier as it will improve your life significantly!
Ait-hadad. W, Bénard. M, Shankland. R, Kesse. E, Robert. M, Touvier. M, Hercberg. S, Buscail. C & Péneau. S (2020). Optimism is associated with diet quality, food group consumption and snacking behavior in general population. Nutrition Journal. 19 (6)
Laurice. L (2011). The role of optimism regarding nutrition and health behaviour. American Journal of lifestyle medicine. 5 (1)