Diet for Positive Mental Health

SaladEveryone at least once in their lives had heard the expression, “you are what you eat”, but did you know that it is basically true? Looking at the human body, it is an amazing multicellular organism composed of trillions of cells that form together to create a life. For the cells in the body to perform their necessary functions, a person needs energy. Food and water is what provides that energy. Food is the fuel for all human beings. For the body and mind to be able to function at top gear, a person must put the right type of fuel in their bodies. Switching to a healthy diet can change the way a person feels both mentally and physically for the better.

The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace. As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly two thirds of people who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit, fruit juice, vegetables or salads every day; compared with less than half of those who do report daily mental health problems. If a person is not eating right and supplying their bodies bad fuel, it can lead to becoming overweight, undernourished and there is a higher risk for the development of diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lower IQ and depression.

Although sugary foods and sodas may taste better, they are nothing compared to the benefits of what healthy foods and water can do for the mind and body. At Haven, all patients are provided with a healthy diet that provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Changing a diet can be a hard mental battle, but after someone has fully committed and they begin to experience the benefits of a healthier life, it then becomes difficult to even consider going back to putting the wrong types of fuel in their body. Haven Behavioral Hospital acknowledges the benefits of a healthy diet for its patients and is proud to assist them in the right direction, one apple slice at a time!

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