Nutrition and Mental Health

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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 Does nutrition affect our mental wellbeing? Learn more about the connection between nutrition and mental health at HealthyPlace

Food for Thought (and Feelings)

Does food affect our thoughts and feelings, our mental wellbeing? Researchers are currently studying this question. The general answer is yes, there is a connection between nutrition and mental health. (Food and Your Moods)

Many questions are still under investigation. Of course a healthy diet helps increase mental health and wellbeing, but what, specifically, is meant by a healthy diet? How do certain nutrients (and which ones?) affect the brain itself to improve our emotions and help the way we think about the world around us?

Improving Mental Health Through Nutrition

While universally agreed-upon answers to the questions about nutrition and mental health have yet to be locked in, we can still consider our nutrition to be food for thought and feelings. Our diet and nutrition do affect our mental health. (Is Your Food Making You Anxious?)

Tips for increasing mental health through nutrition include:

  • Replace sodas, sports drinks, and sugary juices with water. Add lemons, oranges, or frozen berries for flavor and vitamins.
  • Make healthy eating convenient and easy. Stock your cupboards with nuts, whole grain crackers, and dried fruits and your fridge with cut-up veggies and fruits.
  • Choose healthy foods that you actually like. Forcing down things you hate won't work.
  • Let yourself have occasional treats. Pleasure is important for mental health, too.

The brain needs proper nutrition to function well, so in being intentional about your diet, you're feeding you.

Related Articles Dealing with Nutrition and Mental Health

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: With all the temptation out there to eat poorly, what works for you in following a healthy diet for your mental health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How To Explain Trauma To People Who Don’t Get It
  2. Calm Anxiety Through These 5-Minute Meditations
  3. Help – I’m Depressed but I’m Scared of Taking Antidepressants

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Nitrous Oxide Could Reduce Bad Memories Of A Traumatic Event
  • Moments Of Acute Stress Can Cause Molecular Alterations In Immune Response
  • Low Vitamin D During Pregnancy Could Raise The Risk Of MS In Later Life
  • People With Anxiety Show Fundamental Differences In Perception
  • Cannabis Use Linked To Worse Treatment Outcomes For Psychosis Patients
  • According To A Study A Majority Of Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Go On To Develop Symptoms Of PTSD
  • Hostile Attitude When Young Linked To Memory Problems Later In Life
  • Chronic Stress Leads To Brain Inflammation And Memory Loss

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Nutrition and Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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