Can a healthy diet make you smile? RVNAhealth has the answers!

How diet can affect your mental health

That’s right, what you eat can affect your mental health

For centuries, we’ve used nutrition as a tool to treat many chronic and acute illnesses, but it wasn’t until 2005 that researchers began considering nutrition as a potential treatment for mental illness.

RVNAhealth Registered Dietitian Monica Marcello, MS, RD says. “I try to make practical recommendations and give people a fresh perspective on why they should consider making small changes to their diet or eating habits and lifestyle. It’s not just about your body size, it’s also about your inner happiness and quality of life.”

So, what can we do to improve our mental health through diet? Research suggests that you can prevent and treat mental health, i.e. depression, by following a few basic principles: eating whole, unprocessed food, and plant-based meals; Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (about 8 different vegetables and 3 different fruits per day); made extra virgin olive oil the primary source of fat; Finally, enjoy a daily serving of foods rich in probiotics (such as yogurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kombucha) and prebiotics (such as garlic, onions, bananas, asparagus, and watermelon).

For more tips on healthy eating to feel good, we invite you to watch Monica in the last episode of Better Than Gossip: Enduring Advice For Timeless Women.

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