Does Your Diet Affect Your Mental Health?

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The age of physical and psychological disconnect is coming to a close. Increasingly, our society is starting to understand that there is no separation between who we are, what we do, and how we feel. Our entire holistic self is connected- mind, body, and spirit. That is why a majority of addiction treatment programs and recovery programs for mental health disorder focus on those three areas: mind, body, and spirit. Everything from psychotherapy to diet and exercise are critical for creating a healing plan for living in sobriety. What we do with our decisions every day becomes memories stored in our brains. Each piece of food we consume becomes fuel for the brain as well. When we make poor food choices at the whims of our stomach’s demands, we make poor food choices for our brains as well. Our diet and dietary choices directly affects our brains, which means it has an influence on our mental health.

Sugar and Chemicals

You probably wouldn’t hydrate a plant with soda. All of the sugars and chemicals would be harmful to the plants roots, not giving it the nutrients or hydration it needs to grow. Plants are relatively disposable, so there might be little concern to killing it. Our brain and body are disposable as well. We are not meant to stand the test of time. We often try to give our body what it doesn’t need in hopes that it doesn’t do the damage we are told it might.

Recovery from addiction and mental health issues is a lot of brain work. There are essential vitamins and nutrients which are only available in food. For example, omega fatty acids and amino acids are absolutely necessary for proper mental functioning and development. These acids can only be found from plant or animal based sources.

Getting the right vitamins and nutrients from food can help you better regulate your mood, feel more optimistic, think more clearly, and sustain your energy longer. A healthy diet can increase sleep and cause you to feel more well rested in addition.

Aurora Recovery Center incorporates the work of dieticians and nutritionists into each member’s specific recovery program. We also include skill building for learning how to grocery shop, budget, and plan meals. Our programs are focused on creating change through mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for more information: 844-515-STOP.

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