Eating plenty of vegetables increases health and happiness
Vegetables contain a variety of nutrients that support overall physical health. A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that beyond physical health, vegetables can promote good mental health as well.”Vegetables contain myriad micronutrients such as zinc, magnesium, folate, and iron.”They also contain antioxidants that protect the body against oxidative stress, which has been associated with depression and anxiety.
“Dr. Casperson’s research paper notes that the vitamins and phytochemicals in vegetables have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which can positively impact psychological well-being. However, she notes that more research is needed to fully understand the impact of eating vegetables on psychological well-being.
Your overall nutrition and meal plan also matter. While studies like this one show that eating more vegetables is beneficial for your mental health, it is also important to limit foods that may be detrimental to your well-being.
“Adding vegetables to your ‘feel better’ strategy is a great idea,” says Barnes. “Just don’t make it the only component.”
Barnes advises her clients to improve their happiness by getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, and performing deep breathing or meditation to reduce stress