It’s no secret that eating right and getting the proper nutrients is something that you need to do to be physically healthy, but it’s been noted by professionals that very few people consider nutrition with mental health in mind. Some of this is influenced by much of the magic pill culture that surrounds discussions about mental health and its various conditions, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to anyone who leans more toward treatments that come from natural methods that are being researched today. If you are taking medication, please continue to do so, With that in mind, this is a short discussion of vitamins your body needs for mental health.
If you are taking medication, please continue to do so, and make sure to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. In addition to medication, there are other ways to manage your mental health, such as the following vitaminas.
Studies have concluded that a deficiency of specific vitamins can cause a number of health issues. B vitamins, in particular, are essential for the formation of several key components involved in cognitive function. These vitamins are so important that a long-term deficiency can even lead to confusion, paranoia, and mood swings. B1, specifically, is responsible for converting food into glucose that feeds the brain.
This antioxidant serves many purposes in the body. Where antioxidants are found, many other major health benefits can be present. One of the things these chemicals can do is help keep the brain healthy by reducing the chances of deterioration, which can be especially dangerous for people over 70. Vitamin C also contributes to the amount of oxygen carried to various parts of the body by producing blood cells that carry it to important organs.
This vitamin has been found to have links to mental health issues. Deficiency in vitamin D is known to cause an increase in depression, which is closely related to the habit of spending too little time in the sun. Spending time in the sun helps the body produce vitamin D, which can help keep depression at bay and prevent it from becoming a persistent emotional state. There are also many foods that contain this amazing nutrient.
So much of what the body needs can be broken down into its most essential parts. Lack of magnesium can be very dangerous because that lack of this mineral can halt essential processes that are vital to human survival. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression. This is because many nutrients can’t be absorbed without a high level of magnesium in your system. Try getting you magnesium from foods that you already eat! Food rich in magnesium include nuts, legumes, whole grains, dark chocolate, and leafy green vegetables.
Proper nutrition is crucial for maintaining good mental health. By incorporating B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, and magnesium into your diet, you can help support your cognitive function and prevent mental health issues. Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication or diet. By taking care of your body, you can take care of your mind and improve your overall well-being.
Dr. Patty Jiménez is the Founder of Recetas. She obtained 2 Masters in Theology and Ministry and a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Latinx theology and ministry. She has over 27 years experience in Catholic Ministry and is a spiritual director and training as a wellness coach.