The Best Food to Support Your Mental Health

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Did you know that certain foods can help you feel better and make your brain function better? Here’s what that’s all about.

We already know that eating the right food is crucial for our physical health, building muscles, and improving immunity. It turns out that mental health also depends on nutrition.

“When it comes to brain health, so much of it comes down to what’s going on in our gut,” nutritionist Cheryl Telfer told Stylist. “Our gut plays a huge role in sending the right signals and hormones up to our brain. What we eat can optimize the microbiome in our gut and that will have an effect on mental health.”

Complex carbs that you can get from root vegetables and whole grains have a key role here. They are important for supporting good mood, focus, and energy levels. They contain plenty of soluble fiber which allows your body to process them slower and keep a steady level of energy.

Aside from carbs, there are certain herbs known as adaptogens that are effective in reducing stress and fatigue. These herbs are used in alternative medicine practices like Ayurveda and include Rhodiola, holy basil, ashwagandha, etc.