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Eating more Fruits and Vegetables and Better Mental Health

No one I know of wants any form of dementia like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. In my opinion, not only does our diet feed the brain, we need to keep it active and interested.

Personally, for me, writing tends to keep my mind sharp. Without it, who knows what my fate would have been. I think it wouldn’t have been a very rosy picture.

‘The top 10 raw foods related to better mental health were carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens like spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber, and kiwifruit [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902672/]’.

It seems to me that if the body is unhealthy, which also houses the brain, your mind will be affected in some way, shape or form.

For example, people who are depressed may not know why. They just are. But, the food we eat, if it can cause ailments, conditions and disease could certainly also trigger depression in some of us.

‘Higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, rich in micronutrients, have been associated with better mental health. However, cooking or processing may reduce the availability of these important micronutrients. This study investigated the differential associations between intake of raw fruits and vegetables, compared to processed (cooked or canned) fruits and vegetables, and mental health in young adults [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902672/]’.

Our bodies are a good yardstick for sensing what’s wrong. Listen to how it feels after you eat something. It will tell a story. Does the food make you feel energized or tired? Is it a phony energy lasting a half an hour until you eat another junky snack or natural exuberance that lasts many hours?

As you look around, you see that there aren’t many old obese people out and about. And, when I go to the store, I pay attention to people’s shopping carts and what’s in them. You will see someone middle aged looking like a senior citizen before their time.

‘I never see anyone my age who doesn’t appear to have something wrong with their health’ ~ your author

If you see someone who’s in pain struggling to walk around, you can tell why they are that way with a cart filled with candy, soda pop, chips, canned food, frozen TV dinners and meat completely devoid of fresh raw fruits and vegetables. Food can do a lot to make you well or make you sick. The data is out there.

Source- 1 & 2 citations URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902672/
Website Title Frontiers in Psychology
Publication Year 2018
Date Accessed November 04, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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