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Food

You are what you eat...

 

And what you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel. Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your brain and mood, such as caffeine, alcohol, trans-fats, and foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones (such as certain meats). Just like the heart, stomach, and liver, the brain requires different amounts of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water to work properly.

Like most things that can help you feel better, you may be able to support your mental health by taking care of what you eat and, equally importantly, what you drink. Here are some handy tips you can start to do today.

Ease up on the sweets and the pies

The thought of that Mars bar or a sneaky visit to Greggs may be overwhelming and it’s just one Mc Donalds isn’t it, but your trading feeling good for “feel-good” foods and that trade-off will quickly lead to a crash in mood and energy. You don't have to completely stop but you should aim to cut out as many of these foods as you can.

 

Boost your B 

Not getting enough Vitamins is bad, not getting enough Vitamin B has been shown to set off depression, this goes for folic acid and B-12, yep men need that too. To increase your intake of these depression busting vitamins, you can take supplements, and of course, we’re talking about food, so you can eat more fruits like oranges and lemons, leafy greens such as cabbage, lettuce, and kale, beans, even baked beans, chicken (nope, not fried in the Colonel's special recipe) and eggs, try scrambled and poached though.

 

Omega-3 and fatty acids

It’s simpler than it sounds - Think fish, Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Sardines, fresh or tinned, if you don’t like eating fish, get some fish oil capsules, if you do like fish, try and get two servings a week.

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