A healthy mind thrives in a healthy body

The first step to living your best life is to eat a balanced diet packed with nutrition. (Rawpixel pic)

People often overlook the need for a healthy diet, either through lack of knowledge or lack of time.

In the name of convenience, they often dine on fast food or takeaways, without considering the long-term effects of such a diet.

Eating unhealthy food and keeping an unbalanced diet can lead to physical problems such as obesity and health issues and it can affect the mental health as well.

Here are some tips and tricks to start eating better to maintain mental health.

How it’s connected

The body needs nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins to work properly, and this is directly connected to mental health as well.

If the body is not receiving proper nutrition, the brain cannot function at its best.

This can lead to chemical inconsistencies and affect the brain’s ability to produce the chemicals it needs, which can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

This is particularly important for the young as the body and brain are still developing.

Therefore, if someone is not consuming enough of what the body needs when they are young, it can affect the development of the brain.

In addition, those struggling with depression and using unhealthy food to cope with their emotional problems end up doing more damage to both their bodies and their mental health.

Where to start

The best way to start is to educate oneself. Mental health experts say learning about the body’s needs is the first step to a healthier version of oneself.

Understanding nutrition and how it affects the body makes it easier to improve one’s lifestyle and turn one’s life around. It is not an easy process and it takes time and energy, but the end result is what matters.

Good food is the building blocks of a healthy body, which supports a healthy mind. (Rawpixel pic)

Letting go of bad habits

If someone is accustomed to a certain diet, changing it can be difficult. But that change is necessary in order to protect their health.

Start with gradually dropping the unhealthy foods on the regular menu so your body gets used to being without.

It can be hard to let some comfort food go but it is the most important thing to build a healthy body and a good state of mind.

There are always healthier food options to replace all the nasty stuff in the diet.

Positive aspects

Eating the right things makes someone feel like a new person. The body will get a boost of energy, which will lift the spirits as well. They will not feel so tired and exhausted by everything.

Planning and cooking healthy meals every day can be fun too. It is motivating and keeps a person focused.

There are so many positives when it comes to dieting the right way. The things people eat can make or break good health.

It is about understanding what the body needs and eating well-balanced meals.

Speak to a professional

When it comes to mental or physical health, it is always best to consult a doctor or nutritionist to design an appropriate diet.

Different things work for different people, so with only basic knowledge of what is healthy and what is not, it can be hard to create a healthy diet plan.

The best first step on the journey to good health is to discuss it with a professional.

Conclusion

Many people do not appreciate how important good, healthy food is. They make food choices for flavour and ignore that certain things can be harmful. But with the right knowledge and some help, everyone can become their own best self.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg and host of The DRH Show. You can connect with him on Twitter @drelojo_howell.