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Mental illness is a disorder that affects your mood, thinking, and behavior, mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

The foods that help and recover your mental health:

  • Get your starch fix with whole grains and legumes.
  • Fill up on plenty of fruits and veggies.
  • Focus on eating fatty fish, like salmon or albacore tuna, in place of red meat.
  • Add in healthy fats, like raw nuts and olive oil.
  • Enjoy sweets and wine in moderation.

The researchers narrowed down the raw fruits and vegetables they found to be associated with better mental health and fewer symptoms of depression.

These include carrots, dark leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce, cucumber, apples, bananas, grapefruit, other citrus fruits, fresh berries, and kiwifruit.

Eat 🐟 fish several times a week. Several recent studies have suggested that men and women have a lower risk of having symptoms of depression if they eat a lot of fish, particularly fatty fish which is high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression. When you stick to a diet of healthy food, you’re setting yourself up for fewer mood fluctuations, and an overall happier outlook and an improved ability to focus. Studies have even found that healthy food can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

– Dr. Farheen Shaikh