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7 Foods That Reduce Mental Health Symptoms

7 Foods That Reduce Mental Health Symptoms

Once again, we dedicate an article to the importance of our mental health! The fact is that there are many people unaware that our mental health is something that requires patience and time. As a result of this, 14.8 million American adults, ages 18 and older, are treated for major depression each year.[1] 40 million American adults, 18 and older, are treated for an anxiety disorder yearly.[2] The number of mental health mental health cases is growing with each day. Having these facts in mind, we look at eight food suggestions that should relieve some of the most common mental health symptoms. You should always remember that the fight does not stop as soon as you take your medications—you need healthy foods too!

How Does Your Diet Help With Your Mental Health?

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health confirmed the relationship between the diet and the mental health after investigating its effects among children and adolescents. The study stated that children and adolescents who have poor diet early in life have a greater risk of developing some mental health illness, most commonly  depression or anxiety. You can see from this why proper nutrition is so important for our mental health to develop in the right way, reducing the risk of mental health concerns.

A proper diet with all of the needed nutrients will help you normalize your body, lessoning mental health symptoms. Plus, a lot of the mental health illnesses have been triggered by a deficiency of some key nutrients, so by replacing it you will remove any trace of the symptoms in no time!

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The 7 foods that should be on your plate

    The following 8 foods will help you create the best diet plan that will help you fight the symptoms of whatever mental health illness you have been diagnosed with!

    1. Berries – Choose from strawberries, raspberries or blueberries to gain vitamin C and  antioxidants. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences showed that Vitamin C helps control cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is an important stress hormone. It can help activate your fight-or-flight responses during an stressful event; however, too much of it in everyday life can have health consequences, as stress is a common trigger for a lot of mental problems. By controlling the cortisol levels by eating berries, you will decrease stress and the risk of further symptoms!

    2. Fish – Choose any fish to gain omega-3 fatty acids. They have been confirmed to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, a common mental illness.

    3. Dark chocolate – This is yet another great food option that will help you regulate stress levels by controlling the cortisol levels in your body. Plus, dark chocolate will increase the levels of endorphins so your mood will naturally improve in no time and you will be able to forget about depression and its symptoms!

    4. Whole grains – This is a great source of carbohydrates, which improve the production of serotonin and tryptophan which usually are affected by the mental illness and as a result to the symptoms of depression and anxiety occur.

    5. Turkey – Turkey is the perfect source of natural proteins that are essential for the body to create serotonin. It also has tryptophan, which is a good sleep inducer.

    6. Green Tea – Not only is it filled with antioxidants, but green tea also contains an amino acid known as theanine. Theanine has been confirmed to help patients with depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances!

    7. Turmeric – Turmeric has been used for ages as a delicious spice in meals, but have you thought to use it to fight your depression? Turmeric has been confirmed to help relieve the symptoms of depression by improving your mood!

    Conclusion

    Try these 7 foods, which are some of the best brain foods there are and notice a reduction in symptoms. Sure, the changes may take time, but soon enough you will start noticing the difference as you start your new and improved everyday life!

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    Last Updated on November 20, 2018

    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

    A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

    Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

    1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

    Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

    If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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    2. You put the cart before the horse.

    “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

    3. You don’t believe in yourself.

    A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

    4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

    The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

    5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

    If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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    6. You don’t enjoy the process.

    Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

    The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

    7. You’re trying too hard.

    Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

    8. You don’t track your progress.

    Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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    9. You have no social support.

    It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

    10. You know your what but not your why.

    The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

    Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

    Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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    Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

    Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

    Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

    • The more specific you can make your goal,
    • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
    • The more encouraged you’ll be,
    • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

    I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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