“A healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve concentration and attention span. Conversely, an inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and can slow down reaction time.”
There are also five psychological benefits of eating healthier foods that improve your mood and well-being as well as your mental awareness, according to Nathan Davidson. These five benefits include:
Builds Your Self Esteem
A healthy body image begins with healthy eating. “Self-esteem begins with our bodies,” wrote Shirley W. Kaplan, M.A., for the American Nutrition Association.
2. Improves Your Overall Energy Level
A healthy diet keeps your energy level high when it is well balanced with necessary unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, with an emphasis on vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and fruits.
3. Increases Your Overall Brain Function
Eating foods that are rich in nutrients improves your brain function according to Web MD. Healthier eating increases your brains health.
4. Might Reduce Depression Symptoms
According to Healthline, the brain responds to what you eat and drink.
If you don’t provide your brain of these essential nutrients, it can’t function properly and can raise your risk of mental health problems like depression.
Adding or intaking minerals like magnesium, selenium, zinc, amino acids, fatty acids, and a lot of water can decrease the risk of mental health problems like depression also.
5. Boosts Your Mood
a well-balanced diet rich in protein, moderate in carbohydrates and low in fat could generally improve the mood of most people.
In addition, healthy eating also increases or influence self-worth.
There are also some foods to avoid when trying to improve your memory, mood, and decrease your risk of dementia, according to Elise Mandl, BSc, APD.
These foods include:
Foods High in Trans Fats
Highly Processed Foods
Fish High in Mercury
“Inflammatory diet patterns that are high in sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats and processed foods can contribute to impaired memory and learning, as well as increase your risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.”