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Mental Health Series Pt. VI: Food.

Did you know that the foods you eat can actually affect your mind? Yes, it’s true. Not only do the foods you eat affect you physically, but they also can affect your thinking and mental health. As I’ve posted about before, each facet of us is connected. The functioning of our body affects our mind, and vice versa. It’s so crucial to follow a diet with good nutrition.

Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function. These studies even found that symptoms of depression worsened on this high-sugar diet! Many parents can attest to the mood changes when their child ingests sugar or artificial food colorings. Even adults can attest to their mood changes or changes to their focus with certain foods (or larger amounts of certain foods). When a person’s brain isn’t getting the proper fuel, it can’t function. It is similar to filling a car with the wrong type of gasoline. The car won’t function correctly. It will eventually break down. It’s the same with your brain; the wrong types of fuel are going to cause things to go awry.

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Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

Below is a list of foods that I’ve found in my research that can help your brain functioning, and so help your mental health:

1) Fish (fatty). Our brains are made up mostly of fat, which the body cannot create on its own. Our need for omega-3 fatty acids must be met in our diet. A few examples of fish that are good for this are: salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

2) Leafy greens. B vitamin deficiency has been discovered to have links with depression. These greens contain B vitamins and trace nutrients found in soil, which are lacking in the diets of many people.

3) Fermented foods. These foods can include kimchi, yogurt, pickled vegetables, and others. Your body needs “good” bacteria. These healthy bacteria have been found to reduce stress hormones, as well as anxiety!

4) Lean proteins. These can include chicken, eggs, beans, and, once again, fish. These foods can help keep serotonin (a hormone that helps you to feel happy) levels balanced.

Below is an intriguing video by a clinical psychologist, if you’d like to hear more about the link between mental health and nutrition.

This was the last post in the mental health series! I do hope that you found some useful tip(s) or thoughts in the posts. Please know that you are not alone and you are LOVED in whatever struggles you may be facing!

Past posts from the series:

Mental Health Series Pt. 1: Relationships

Mental Health Series Pt. II: Counseling

Mental Health Series Pt. III: Faith

Mental Health Series Pt. IV: Higher Education

Mental Health Series Pt. V: Finance

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Mind and Heart Power.

Today the second reading was from Philippians. If we followed St. Paul’s advice, we would have a lot more peace in our lives! We would learn to dwell on God instead of cluttering our lives with worry. Our minds would be so much more inspired and pure as well. Soak in this powerful passage and let’s start off the week in a great way!

“Brothers and sisters:

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Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9

Protect Your Mind.

Have you ever pondered the power of your mind? Your mind allows you to make numerous decisions every day. The mind has allowed people to create masterpieces of all sorts. The thoughts from human minds, then put into action, have changed the world. As with anything, with great power comes great responsibility. 

It’s important to protect your mind. Be careful of what you are allowing into your mind. It will start to color your thoughts and perceptions without you even realizing it. Your thoughts can make or break you. Your thoughts affect your mental health, which can even affect your physical health. Spiritually, too much of what we can hear or see is negative. It doesn’t inspire or help us to become better people.

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The news broadcasts the most hideous acts against human life. For myself, I’ve realized it’s not benefiting me to read or watch. It is not inspiring. It makes me feel depressed and wrenches my heart. While it’s part of our call to lift up the world in prayer, I don’t need to read any more gruesome details. Nor is it healthy for our minds to become accustomed to seeing traumatic images. The songs on the radio often glorify evil or trivialize the gift that is sexuality. We were created for so much more than the lies the media feeds us.

I don’t want to be in the company of gossip or crude talk, either. This is garbage for the mind and heart. It harms relationships. I want to be in the company of inspiration, of encouragement and upbuilding. I want to be around people who are going places in their lives. Their conversations and presence feed my mind and spirit.

Let’s strive to root our minds in God and His word. When we do this, He brings us back to who we really are. He restores balance. Jesus is the Living Water that hydrates our spirits and our minds. When we keep our mind stayed on Him, only He knows the amazing things that we can do.

God gave you your mind to do great things. Be careful what you put into it and how you use it.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”-Philippians 4:8

The Word on Wednesday

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”~Colossians 3:1-4

Don’t get bogged down by worldly worries. Set your heart and mind on what is above! Your life is “hidden in Christ with God!” When we focus on our Lord instead of our worries, we are much better able to handle all that comes our way in this life. Continually raise your heart and mind to Him! Why do we waste so much time worrying about useless things? He is the treasure that we seek.