It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week, which we are in full support of. In light of this we have put together our favourite nutrition and wellness tips to help inspire and support you to take better care of your mental health. We can all too often forget to look after ourselves when wrapped up in the daily stresses of our lives, so here are a few simple and non time-consuming tips to help improve your mood and hopefully de-stress.
We often under estimate it, but not keeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day can have a dramatic effect on our mood and can increase tiredness and irritability so having breakfast is crucial. The best breakfast you can opt for is one with a combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrate. Snacking is also important to stop your blood sugar levels from dropping throughout the day, that’s why at The Pure Package we include snacks in our packages. https://www.purepackage.com/packages/longevity/
POPULATE YOUR MICROBIOME
Your gut and brain are directly linked via the vagus nerve. By keeping your gut in optimal health, you can help prevent mental health issues such as depression, brain fog and anxiety. At The Pure Package we include probiotic’s within our menu’s and packages, for example miso or live yogurt – which are excellent sources of probiotics. If you sign up to one of our programmes and are concerned about the state of your gut, then speak to one of our client managers about including more probiotics in your diet.
REBUILD AND BALANCE
Making sure your body is well nourished with all of the essential vitamins and minerals can drastically improve your mental health. When our bodies and brain are chemically imbalanced, this can affect our sleep and negatively impact our mood. Don’t underestimate the effect that good physical health can have on your mental state and try to eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible. At The Pure Package all our programs feature fresh, seasonal and a vast range of fruit and vegetables – both in their natural form and in our dishes. https://www.purepackage.com/packages/pre-post-natal/
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Water is essential to our mental and physical health. Dehydration can cause tiredness, poor energy, low concentration, headaches and increased heart rate to name but a few. It’s suggested we drink 8 glasses a day, if that’s not manageable for you then just start by increasing your intake little by little; you’ll be surprised what a difference it makes to your energy levels and overall feeling of wellbeing.
A healthy, balanced diet combined with exercise can work miracles on your mood and self-esteem. If you are not sure if your diet is healthy or would like further guidance on eating well for your physical and mental health, please do get in touch with our nutritional client managers today.
If you feel like you are suffering from a mental health disorder, make sure to not suffer alone. It is important to speak to friends and relatives about your feelings and if your mood does not improve, ensure to speak to a healthcare professional about help and support which is available.