Mental Health Tips #1: Eat brain food

Eat brain food to become brainy!

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EPA & DHA) are necessary for a normal, functional brain. Your brain obtains these from fish like cod fish, tuna, salmon & sardines. If you’re on a strict diet and/ or budget, you still need to consume these to maintain a healthy brain. The fresh fish are expensive, but the canned varieties are affordable. The daily balanced diet should include protein in every meal. One standard sized (small) can of tuna/ salmon/ sardines should suffice to stretch for lunch and dinner. Choose an easy cook carbohydrates in any form that you can muster. Toss in a small fresh salad and fruit. You have a fuss free, complete meal. Nuts are brain food as they contain protein and amino acids too. Roasted, baked or cooked in any form, nuts are a tasty ingredient in salads. You can add sliced hard boiled egg, boiled potato and other boiled stem/ tubers.

If you really manage natural food sources, buy supplements.

You are what you eat. If you’re not eating food for your brain, it will show in manifest signs and symptoms. For example, a person whose diet lacks essential fatty acids may feel depressed, anxious or exhibit a trait that is the subsequence of nutritional deficiency. The physical stress on the body, coupled by mental stress and emotional stress, may trigger mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia and etc.