Restorations Therapy Blog

The Importance of Nutrition When in Therapy

by on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Cheerful afro american woman eating fresh vegetable salad at home.

We know that nutrition and proper diet are important for good physical health, but it’s important for your emotional and mental health, as well. 

Imagine a person who is very overweight and also suffers from chronic pain. Not only are they quite possibly on pain medications, prescribed legally or not, but they have other health problems, too. Their health issues may prevent them from doing certain activities that they otherwise would, like cleaning in their home or participating in social events. That can cause depression which, in turn, can affect every other aspect of their life. 

Eating Your Way to Better Mental Health

We know that certain foods are great to help relieve pain, make our brain function better, and help us lose weight, but there are also foods such as berries and avocados that can help us respond better to things like anxiety or stress.

Many other foods can help with mental health, including:

  • Bananas, which contain ingredients that enhance a person’s mood
  • Leafy green vegetables, which contain ingredients promoting a feeling of calmness
  • Nuts of any kind, which are perfect for brain health
  • Dark chocolate that has a minimum of 70% cocoa, which relieves stress and anxiety while also increasing circulation and lowering a person’s blood pressure
  • Chamomile tea, which not only helps promote a good night’s sleep but also helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Cold-water seafood, which is perfect for strong mental health
  • Water, which has more benefits than can be listed here

Final Thoughts about Foods

Probiotics are important as they help promote a healthy stomach. People who suffer from stomach-related issues are often also afflicted with bad moods or not-so-good mental or emotional health.

Anti-inflammatory foods, such as turmeric, fish, tomatoes, berries, nuts, seeds, ginger, and olive oil, can make anyone feel better mentally and physically by reducing systemic inflammation. 

It’s no secret that physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. Therefore, whether in therapy or not, you can do your body and mind a huge favor by eating more foods that promote not only good physical health but good mental health, too. If you feel you need to see a counselor for any physical or mental health issues you are struggling with, including your nutrition or diet, Restorations Therapy has professional, licensed counselors available to help you. They treat each patient with an individualized therapy program for optimum results. Call today at (720) 446-6585.

About Addiction Recovery Staff

USER FOR Addiction Recovery Publishing Staff

Stay informed on new services and projects