Wellness: food, water vital to your mental health
Updated: May 13, 2020
As a social scientist, I must state that we don’t find causality in variables. That is, we don’t declare that A causes B – That’s for Natural Scientists. However, once a study has undergone the scientific process, researchers generate conclusions through correlations. We cannot say eating junk food causes mental illness because there may be other mitigating variables. However, we can state that, there is a high correlation between eating high-quality food and mental wellness or that eating junk food adversely impacts mental wellness. With that being said, you will find some causality derived from natural scientists who have studied the brain and impact of dehydration and other conclusions from social scientists below:
Food is Wellness • Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourish the brain and protect it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells. • Studies have compared “traditional” diets, like the Mediterranean diet and the traditional Japanese diet, to a typical “Western” diet and have shown that the risk of depression is 25% to 35% lower in those who eat a traditional diet. Scientists account for this difference because these traditional diets tend to be high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, and fish and seafood, and to contain only modest amounts of lean meats and dairy. The African diet is also rich in oils, grains, fruits and vegetables.
• These foods are also void of processed and refined foods and sugars, which are staples of the “Western” dietary pattern. In addition, many of these unprocessed foods are fermented, and therefore act as natural probiotics.
• Intermittent Fasting is recommended – basically, a short length of time that you are not eating also helps your body recalibrate.