Fruits, Vegetables and Mental Health

by | Dec 9, 2021

One thing is for certain, a healthy nutritious diet is a great way to contribute to one’s good physical health. However, some have wondered if the effect of healthy eating habits can also help improve mental health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a staggering percentage of people suffer from mental health problems. It was in the pursuit to discover ways in which to alleviate these problems that the discovery of the value in a healthy fruit and vegetable diet was made.
A well-balanced, nutritious diet can help one think more clearly and feel less lethargic. People who eat more fruits and vegetables report feeling happier, more purposeful, and less nervous.
An inadequate diet, on the other hand, can cause weariness, slowed reaction time, and impaired decision-making. In fact, a bad diet can exacerbate stress and depression, and may even cause it. Researchers are continually finding more discoveries that suggest that there is a strong link between our intestines and our brain. We all know the saying that you are what you eat.
During this hectic season, how can one eat healthy? Start by being attentive to how you react or feel after you eat and the types of foods you consume. Aim for well-balanced meals and fewer snacks. Nutritionists recommend maintaining a food journal because many of us don’t pay attention to our eating habits – which can be detrimental to our health. Experts often recommend having up to five servings of fruits and veggies in a day.

Shop Local

Don-O-Ray Farms in Kelowna wishes you all the best for the holidays! We’ll be open until December 24 and offer lots of local produce and fruit for this festive season. Our online store will continue to feature our homemade jams, hot sauces and lots more. Visit our farm today!