Nutrition of Mental Health

You are what you eat.

The nutrients (and chemicals) from your food are the building blocks that your body must use to carry out your body functions. If you don’t give your body the right fuel, how could it possibly function properly?

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Flavored Water

Admittedly, I haven’t always been the biggest water drinking but learning the benefits of drinking water, buying a few good water bottles, and trying out delicious flavored water have converted me.

So why infuse your water? Well, one, it tastes great. That’s a plus in itself but also means you’ll be more likely to get in your 8-10 glasses of water today. Two, nutrients from the fruits leak out of the fruit into the water, especially water-soluble vitamins like as B vitamins and vitamin C! It’s like making your own “vitamin water” without the cost or hidden chemicals.

These delicious combinations liven up the flavors and provide some great nutrients! Mix the flavors and concentrations to create a water you really enjoy.

For all of these recipes, just fill a jar or small pitcher with filtered water (maybe with ice). Then add in fruits (maybe crush them if they’re enclosed, like blueberries). Finally, add some herbs if you’d like! Just a note, the herbs really infuse in the water so start with less and then add more if you want.

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6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are and influences all of our body’s processes.

Food and exercise are important for a healthy lifestyle. But don’t forget about water. There are plenty of reasons to drink water. I’ve highlighted six key reasons to stay hydrated below.

Drinking water is essential to our health. From digestion to brain function and mood, water plays in a role in the body’s funtions.

Buy a nice water bottle, start tracking your intake, or try some flavored waters – whatever it takes to get your 8-10 glasses a day in!

6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

1. Water helps with digestion. By binding with fiber and preventing the colon from pulling water from the stool, enough water prevents constipation.

2. Drinking water improves kidney function. Water helps flush waste products (especially blood urea nitrogen) from the body thus, reducing the burden on the kidneys. Kidneys remove waste from our bodies, help control blood pressure, and balance fluids so its important to keep them functioning properly. (This is why your urine should be clear!)

3. Water helps energize muscles. Without enough water, our cells can’t maintain their balance of fluids or electrolytes, which causes muscle fatigue and decreased performance.

4. Water improves brain function. It helps us to think more clearly and stay focused. Being dehydrated even 2% negatively affects cognitive performance.

5. It can improve your mood. Seriously, water is so important to us that even mild dehydration can negatively impact your mood. This study found that “degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration, and headache symptoms” were all symptoms of dehydration. Continue reading