Eating a well-balanced diet is indisputably better for your physical health than a regimen of Twinkies and soda pop. But researchers now believe that adding fruit and vegetables to your daily food intake can improve your mental health as well. The secret? Fruits and vegetables! Your body responds to the things you put into it, and the better the fuel, the better the performance of body and your brain.
A study conducted in the United Kingdom found that the average number of fruit and vegetable portions consumed in one day positively and significantly predicts life satisfaction. This is significant in the effort to help people lead better lives balanced with nutrition, physical and mental well-being.
Good Food, Good Mood
What Harvard describes as nutritional psychiatry explores the relationship of what you put into your body and how it affects every aspect of your health, especially mental health. Diets high in processed foods such as sugars and refined grains have little nutritional benefit. But they can aggravate inflammatory responses like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), acne, Rosacea, and a host of more serious and chronic symptoms.
Eat by Design
The human body was designed to live and thrive on the natural substances available, and fruits and vegetables were the first and most easily accessible nutrients. There are choices for every taste bud that will nourish your muscles, bones and nerves, as well as give you a feeling of well-being and happiness. It's not magic or new age; it's the logic of the physical world that was made to provide everything we need. Your body responds to healthy food by being healthy.
Fruits and Veggies for the Long Haul
A candy bar or glass of wine will give you a temporary lift of energy or feeling of calm, but it passes quickly, and a crash surely follows. The nutrients delivered by nature's bounty builds over time to strengthen the immune system and provide sustained energy. As the study above suggests, adding daily servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your emotional balance.
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