COULD FOOD BE IN­FLU­ENC­ING YOUR FAM­ILY’S HEALTH?

En­joy­ing a bal­anced diet with ad­e­quate nu­tri­tion will lead to bet­ter well­be­ing

Style Magazine - - Opinion -

Un­der­stand­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween food and mood may un­lock the health or be­havioural is­sues you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in your fam­ily.

Con­sum­ing foods that are highly pro­cessed and re­fined have re­peat­edly shown an in­crease in anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

A diet high in packet foods such as cakes, bis­cuits, lol­lies, chips, crack­ers, pro­cessed meats, pro­cessed dairy and so forth con­tain very lit­tle nu­tri­tion.

In ad­di­tion, they also con­tain many ar­ti­fi­cial colours, flavours, preser­va­tives and ad­di­tives.

En­joy­ing a wide va­ri­ety of fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles, nuts, seeds, whole­grains, legumes, good qual­ity dairy, good qual­ity meat, and oily fish pro­motes good men­tal health - you will re­ceive ad­e­quate nu­tri­tion lead­ing to bet­ter well­be­ing.

Fol­low­ing some sim­ple guide­lines can make it eas­ier:

Healthy fats such as fish, ex­tra vir­gin olive oil are im­por­tant for good choles­terol and are anti-in­flam­ma­tory and pre­vent de­pres­sion.

Whole­grains such as rice and other fi­bre-rich grains pro­mote the growth of good gut bac­te­ria. Fruits and veg­eta­bles pro­vide a wealth of im­por­tant nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing an­tiox­i­dants that help pre­vent cell dam­age. Fer­mented food like yo­ghurt, ke­fir, sour­dough and tem­peh can en­cour­age the growth of good bac­te­ria in the gut. Nuts, seeds, legumes are ex­cel­lent plant-based pro­tein that sup­port good choles­terol. Wa­ter. We need wa­ter, re­move the cor­dials and su­gar-laden soft­drinks for wa­ter and hy­drate your body.

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