Improving mental health

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health

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Sometimes it can feel like we don’t have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference to our mental health. Feeling good is worth investing in – and the best thing is that these simple tips won’t cost you much time or money.

Eat well, feel better

Did you know good food is good for your mood? It’s not just your body you’re feeding – your mind is affected by what you eat, too.
There is increasing evidence of a link between what we eat and how we feel. This is called the ‘food – mood’ connection. How we feel influences what we choose to eat or drink – and a healthy diet can protect our mental health.

How does food affect my mood?

Blood sugar
Glucose from the carbohydrate-containing foods we eat provides the brain’s main source of fuel. Without this fuel, we can’t think clearly.
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