Adults, teens, and children are struggling with anxiety and mental health. Period. Check out this episode of Dishing Up Nutrition with Dr. Leslie Korn to learn some possible solutions for how nutrition can impact mental health.
Some key takeaways:
It starts with being able to make a connection between what you eat and how you feel. Especially be mindful of how you feel when consuming gluten and lactose. You may not have a true allergy but you could have a sensitivity that is increasing inflammation in your body.
Are you drinking enough water? You should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. (Example, if you weigh 150 pounds then you should drink at least 75 ounces of water a day.)
How are you stimulating your energy? Many people drink way too much coffee. Coffee is a drug, not a beverage.
Are you eating real food or are you eating food that was processed in a factory?
One of the best types of food to eat for energy is protein.
Depression is a disease of being out of ease. It's a disease of inflammation and the number one culprit is sugar. Sugar is the enemy. Mood swings follow blood sugar swings.
200 years ago the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar a year. Now we are eating about a cup of sugar a DAY!
Good quality fats are important. We have lived for so many years under the myth that fats make us fat and cause heart disease. Our brain needs fat to function and we need good fats for good moods. Cut out the bad fats and make sure to get enough of the good fats.
Check out Dr. Leslie Korn's website, Let’s work together | Dr. Leslie Korn. Dr. Korn is a Harvard Medical School-trained specialist in integrative medicine who specializes in mental health nutrition and nutritional psychology to help you recover from trauma, reduce psychiatric medications and achieve optimal health.