Eating with Mental Health in Mind

About 1 in 5 adults have experienced a mental health issue or are currently living with conditions such as depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses.  Even though mental health conditions are common, the isolation for those who are enduring these struggles is real. No one wants to feel as if they are alone when it comes to their mental health.

While mental illness is important to discuss year-round, each year during the first week of October, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) advocates, educates and raises funding for metal diseases. They champion causes that so many don’t understand or are afraid to address.

NAMI provides education regarding the many variations of treatment and medications for mental illness, but one thing that consistently gets left out of the conversation is the importance of a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes can be as simple as exercising and getting proper nutrition. Both of these actions positively create a significant impact on your overall well-being.

Studies have proven that our diets affect our mental health. A diet founded on plant-based, raw, natural and anti-inflammatory foods can both protect and prevent mental health problems. Please note that it is also essential that you eliminate overly processed foods from your diet.

In a world that is constantly on-the-go, people’s focus and brain health are at risk. It is crucial for those at risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia to eat a balanced diet rich in raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. We’ve created a brain health package and brain health supplements to address your mental well-being concerns and replenish or provide vitamins that we tend to lack in our diets.

This may come as a surprise to some of your, but a key nutrient that our body doesn’t produce, yet desperately needs to function is magnesium. Research has shown that 68% of individuals in the US do not consume the daily-recommended amount of dietary magnesium. Our bodies need a lot of magnesium to keep up with the demands we place on them.

Here are some common foods that you can incorporate into your lifestyle for maximum mental well-being and brain health:

  • Chia Seeds – There’s something to say for these power packed seeds. They’re not just a trend, they are must-haves for a healthy brain. They are a great source of omega-3 which helps reduce depression, anxiety and assist with healthy blood sugar levels.
  • Longevity Cereal – Our longevity cereal includes flax seeds, walnuts, hemp hearts, dried cranberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon powder, maca powder.
  • Leafy Greens – There are so many benefits that come with eating leafy greens, but did you know they are great for reducing your stress? Containing magnesium and certain B vitamins, leafy greens are necessary for helping to combat mental stress and keep your blood sugar, cortisol and blood pressure low.
  • Probiotics – Couple a healthy diet with the elimination of processed, refined and sugar loaded foods and you’re off to a great start, but a diet rich in probiotics is vital for brain health. Learn more about Pressed Vibrance’s Probiotics here.

Although antidepressants are common and readily available, they are not necessarily the best or only option to improve our mental health. Our bodies weren’t designed to function or rely on drugs in order to achieve mental health. Mental Illness is nothing to make light of and we should always look at all natural, raw and plant based remedies instead of just assuming we need a drug to fix our problems.

Here at Pressed Vibrance we believe that the key to improving your mental well-being is right on the tip of your fork. Come and check out all of the products we offer for mental health support here!

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