Nutrition and Mental Health

Daily Health Solutions, Nutrition
on June 27, 2011

A “healthy diet” is one that has enough of each essential nutrient, contains many foods from all of the basic food groups, provides the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight, and does not have too much fat, sugar, salt, or alcohol.

By choosing foods that can give you steady energy, you can help your body — and mind — stay healthy. The same diet doesn’t work for every person. In order to find the best foods that are right for you, talk to your health care professional.

Some vitamins and minerals may help with the symptoms of depression. Experts are looking into how a lack of some nutrients — including folate, vitamin B-12, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids — may contribute to depression in new mothers. Ask your doctor or another health care professional for more information.

 

This article first appeared on womenshealth.gov.