According to Mental Health Foundation, our personal diets can have an affect on mental health, and diets filled with sugar or starch increases the chances of depression, anxiety and schizophrenia within ourselves. This shows how important it is to ensure we are monitoring what we eat for our own benefit.
I myself have drank Coke since the age of 3, and drink on average 5 cans a day which is extremely unhealthy considering there are 11 teaspoons of sugar in each can. At the moment I am trying to filter this by cutting out one of them cans and replacing it with flavoured water (I HATE the taste of regular water), and I already feel the difference mentally.
There are many things you can do to get healthier one step at a time. They include;
- Including at least one extra cup of water each day. Even if it is flavoured or sparkling, it still adds healthy nutrients into your system and making you that extra bit healthier and energetic.
- Spending at least 5 minutes a day exercising, whether it’s jogging, squats, or just general workout it still has a positive benefit, and it may leave you feeling sore but it increases positive mindset.
- Adding vegetables/fruits to your meals. Even if it isn’t in large amounts, small portions still provide that extra nutrients and bring vitamins to your diet. For example, adding a side of broccoli to your meal can increase its healthiness enormously.
- Buying multivitamins and taking them each day. We need vitamins to function correctly, and if you aren’t receiving them elsewhere, you can cheat by buying a tub of them from your local pharmacy or supermarket for a cheap price.
Baby steps are better than no steps. Even adding an extra 100 steps to your daily walk count can make you that littlest bit healthier and can pay off in terms of physical AND mental health. We can be healthier!