Anita Mostert | The Dietician

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Your diet and mental health

What you eat has an effect not only on your physical health but also on your mental health. Research has shown us that a diet that is deficient in energy and micronutrients can increase your risk of mental health conditions.

Yes, fibre keeps you regular, but did you know that fibre promotes the health of your gut, which, in turn, improves mental health?

Good examples of gut-friendly fibre sources are apples, onions, sweet potatoes, oats, beans, lentils, and brown rice.
Vitamin B12 is important for mental health. Food sources of vitamin B12 are eggs, dairy, and meat. Make sure you take a vitamin B12 supplement or buy food that is enriched with vitamin B12, such as a breakfast cereal if you do not eat any animal products.
Omega 3 is an essential fat that we need to get from the food we are eating. Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce anxiety. Eat fish, particularly oily fish, at least twice a week to get the omega-3 you need for a healthy brain!

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