This Thursday is R U Ok Day, a day to promote asking your friend, family, colleagues or anyone in your life if they are ‘ok’, to assist with suicide prevention – something which I hope will become the norm to ask people.
From a nutrition side of things, much can be done to improve mental health through the foods we choose to eat.
Want to know what to choose to eat your way to happiness?
Some key foods to include are vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains – essentially a very healthy diet. These foods in particularly contain the following nutrients, which can help promote happiness:
- B Vitamins – are involved in serotonin production pathway. Serotonin is the hormone which makes us feel happy.
- Healthy fat rich foods – in particularly omega 3 fatty acids, but also other healthy fats found in avocado and olive oil
- Magnesium – helps to activate the B vitamins, to promote serotonin production.