The best mental-health friendly foods to eat

Building better mental health is a thing that we all want. We can exercise, have a regular sleep schedule, journal, therapy…but did you know that there are foods that help to relieve stress and anxiety naturally?

The brain needs fuel to function properly. And it can respond better to stress and anxiety. Also, there’s a connection between our gut (or intestines) and the brain. If you have bad “gut health”, it can lead to increase anxiety and depression (due to the fact that bacteria in the gut produce neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate mood).

So, let’s talk about some of the foods that you can add to your diet to build better mental health:

🍓 Berries

These ones are considered superfoods. They boost the immune system, relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and they are full of important antioxidants for your brain.

🥬 Spinach/Green leafy vegetables

Eating leafy greens (like kale and spinach) supports memory and reasoning functions.

Spinach, for example, is one of the best options to improve your mental health. Spinach contains folate that produces dopamine which can help to promote feelings of calmness.  It is also a source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, omega-e’s, and folic.

🍌 Bananas

Bananas are high in folate and vitamin B6 (these two are important to produce serotonin which is known to improve your mood).

🥑 Avocado

Avocados are full of healthy fats and B vitamins which are very important for relieving stress and anxiety.

🥣 Oats

Oats are another serotonin booster. Starting our day with oatmeal it’s always a good option!

🌰 Nuts

Nuts, like walnuts, cashews, and almonds, are the ideal mental-health-boosting snack. They contain protein, fat, and omega-3 which are incredible for brain health.

☕ Chamomile

Chamomile tea help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and can also help promotes a good night of sleep.

🍫 Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa) helps to lower blood pressure and increase circulation which can lead to relieving feelings of anxiety and stress. It can also make you feel happier!

I hope you’ll try eating some of these foods and see how they brighten your mental health and mood! See you in the next week 😊

14 Replies to “The best mental-health friendly foods to eat”

  1. Raw pumpkin seeds and nature’s candy, medjool dates, are great for a healthy gut too . 3 dates have your daily fiber and if you struggle with gastrointestinal issues due to stress, they’ll reset your digests system within 24 hours. Happy gut= happy brain.
    Kombucha is a great pre and probiotic that additionally clears up your skin, as well 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing that info 😊

  2. Florentina Martinez says: Reply

    Beautiful words full of savor and flavor

  3. Really a new information. Food habits contributes in our mental health. Thank you🙏

    1. Fasasi Gbemisola says: Reply

      Wow, it’s a new information to me.
      I will implement it. Thanks always

    2. Absolutely

      1. Thank you for this useful information. I just want to say don’t give up! Things might be hard right now but soon you’ll see it’s all worth waiting and hanging in there for.
        I wish you all the luck in the world and may you achieve your dream soon and make your parents proud and live happily. <3

        1. Thank you
          God loves you 🙏

  4. I am allergic to half of these foods. 🙁 I wish I wasn’t. I used to love bananas and avocados.

  5. Karenlynn Chesser says: Reply

    Dark Chocolate huh? Thank the Lord for that. LOL!!!

  6. Chinenye Obiagwu says: Reply

    I absolutely love chocolates and bananas ❤️❤️. I’ll eat more of them to reduce my stress levels.

  7. Sasiwimol Pankaen says: Reply

    Thank you for your information ☺️❤️

  8. Recently Diagnosed Type2 Diabetes, lost 43lbs and went into a diabetic comma I only remember them at my door vaguely..My blood sugar soars over nothing a real love hate relationship with food right now it’s expensive eating fresh fruits and vegetables not processed ones

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