Have you had your Folate, Vitamin D and Probiotics today?
Most people understand that what we eat has an impact on our health but did you know some nutrients are especially good for our mental wellness. To boost your brain health you should include folate, Vitamin D and probiotics in your diet.
1) Folate: Studies have shown that folate, also known as vitamin B9, can decrease the risk of depression. It is important for a lot of our outer health, such as our nails, eyes, hair, and skin, but also red cell production and a well-working liver. You can get this nutrient through several types of nuts, beans, whole grain foods (bread, granola, pasta), dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, arugula), an assortment of other veggies (broccoli, asparagus), and even fruit (oranges, bananas).
2) Vitamin D: It definitely packs a big, helpful punch to both your mental and physical state. Vitamin D is primarily seen as the nutrient that supports strong bones, but it is also fantastic for immune system health and strong muscles. On the mental side, it’s known to help fight Seasonal Depression and help curb overall states of depression. It’s most commonly found in milk, and many other foods have it added for additional nutritional value. If you’re a fish lover, turn to fattier fish for some of your meal choices, as they have naturally occurring Vitamin D, such as tuna or salmon. Other foods to keep on your radar are eggs and beef.
3) Active Cultures/Probiotics: Probiotics are essential for our digestive and overall gut health. They’re good bacteria that help our bodies to break down what’s in our stomachs. Studies have shown that consuming probiotics not only assists with a healthier and more productive digestive tract, but also reduces any hormones that may trigger stress or anxiety. If you want to consume more probiotics, yogurt is one of the most well-known ways, but they are also prevalent in fermented foods such as kimchi and other pickled veggies. If you’re not into yogurt or fermented foods, you can always buy a probiotic supplement from a trusted provider. Make sure to check with a doctor or health professional as to what supplements are approved and to ensure they contain the right probiotics your gut needs.