How Raw Fruits and Vegetables Help Your Mental Health

therapist in Asheville, NCWe all try to eat healthy, at least every once in a while. However, trying to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet is difficult. With all the delicious junk food and processed items available, fruits and veggies tend to get passed over. In fact, we've even found ways to make fruits and veggies less healthy by adding sugar and/or cooking them until the nutrients have depleted. If you're looking for a qualified mental health therapist in Asheville, NC, please call Legacy for help.

Would you be more tempted to eat fresh fruit and vegetables if you knew that doing so would help boost your mental health? Recent studies show that raw fruits and veggies can do just that.

According to Dr Tamlin Conner, Psychology Senior Lecturer and lead author of the study done at the University of Otago, "Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their 'unmodified' state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables. This likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning. Controlling for the covariates, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptomology, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological wellbeing including positive mood, life satisfaction and flourishing. These mental health benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned, and processed fruits and vegetables. This research is increasingly vital as lifestyle approaches such as dietary change may provide an accessible, safe, and adjuvant approach to improving mental health."

Next time you're choosing an afternoon snack at work while your stress is running high, consider raw carrots over chips. You'll find that the crunch of the carrots will help with the substitution. Instead of a pop tart for breakfast, grab some fresh fruit. You'll be surprised at how well your body receives it, especially when your mental health benefits.

If you're feeling blue or depressed, anxious, or stressed during the day, consider subbing unhealthy choices with raw fruits and veggies. As you can see from this study, it will impact your mental health in a great way! And, once you're used to the substitutions, you won't crave junk foods like you did before. Your body was designed to eat a certain way, and processed junk foods weren't an option 100 years ago. Try this out a couple of times a week at first and then continue upping your subs to at least once or twice a day!

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Sometimes, professional treatment from a facility like Legacy Freedom of Asheville NC is the only way to rise above anxiety, depression, and the symptoms you encounter with these disorders. We offer tailored treatments that help the direct needs of each of our patients. Support structures are a vital part of all recovery ventures. Several of our therapies occur in a group setting, surrounding you with the support you need to get back on the right path. It’s important to consider getting help, especially during the turn of the season, when you aren’t sure how the weather might affect your mood or behavior. Contact our therapist in Asheville, NC for more information.

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