Good nutrition is crucial for physical well-being as well as your emotional health. A nutrient-rich diet plays a key role in how your brain operates and helps to boost mood, lower anxiety, improve overall well-being, and optimize emotional health.
Does your favourite chocolate bar or ice cream take you back to your childhood memories of carefree living and happiness? It is natural for us to find comfort in these types of food when we struggle with difficult emotions. While emotional eating tends to uplift your mood temporarily, it has nothing to do with hunger. Emotional eating may lead to a higher calorie intake than what your body requires, and we need to be conscious of it becoming a habit.
Foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt become more appealing when we are stressed or feeling down. They trigger a set of physical and emotional responses which temporarily satisfy cravings and help address our mood.
Studies have demonstrated that nutrition is not only crucial for physical well-being but equally essential for mental and emotional well-being. A nutrient-rich diet plays a key role in how our brain operates and helps to boost mood, lower anxiety, improve overall well-being, and optimize emotional health.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health conditions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression could be one of the top health concerns in the world by 2030.
Research suggests that there is a two-way relationship between the brain and the gut—what you eat affects how you feel, and vice versa. Multiple studies have found that what we eat directly affects our brain function and ultimately our mood. Eating foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and helps it fight stress.
The gut contains 400 different varieties of bacteria. We need to consume good sources of probiotic-rich food to encourage the growth of the healthy bacteria. Probiotics (the good bacteria) promotes healthy digestion, reduces IBS symptoms, and enhances our immune function and well-being. Read more on probiotics here.
It can be tempting to turn to processed foods for convenience, but they are often high in sugar and unhealthy fats, which are known to cause an increase in inflammation while negatively impacting mental health.
Eating high-quality meals rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants has been found to help nourish the brain, boost happy emotions, increase coping abilities, improve self-worth, and overall quality of life.
This boils down to two PRO tips:
The Mediterranean approach is a lifestyle that focuses on a plant-based nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, as well as seafood, poultry, and eggs. It includes healthy fats, such as olive oil, with moderate amounts of dairy products. This diet is low in highly processed foods, red meat, and added sugars and is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help protect against disease and improve overall health.
Eating the right foods, in the right amounts, can help improve your overall physical and mental health, as well as your emotional well-being. At ACE Nutrition PRO, we create tailor-made nutrition plans, and help you develop a better relationship with food. With the right approach, you can make lasting changes to your lifestyle that will have a positive impact on your emotional health.
Prebiotics are a dietary fibre that triggers the growth of the good bacteria.
Good sources of probiotic-rich foods include: yogurt, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha.
Natural sources of prebiotics include: asparagus, leek, onions, banana, wheat, garlic, dandelion root, and chicory root.