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Mental Health at McMaster

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Nutrition and Mental Health

Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood. Mental health is complex and it is now thought that nutrition is as important to mental health as it is to heart health. Diet is often used as an adjunct to other forms of treatment, but evidence supports that nutrition could be a front-line approach to conditions like depression, mood disorders, and anxiety. 5 nutrients that have a great impact on your mental health are: B-vitamins, vitamin D, antioxidants, omega-3 and fibre. Start paying attention to how eating different foods makes you feel — not just in the moment, but the next day.

Canada's Food Guide

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Canada Food Guide Tips

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Eat and Assortment of Healthy Foods

Eating a variety of fresh and healthy foods will help replenish your energy before, during and after physical activity.

Drink of Choice? Water!

Water should be your drink of choice always, but especially during physical activity. Drink water to stay hydrated and replace lost fluid.

Pay Attention to Food Marketing

Many companies can try to sell their products as “performance enhancing” to entice consumers to buy their drinks and foods. In reality, many of these products are actually high in sugar, sodium and saturated fats. Be mindful of the foods and drinks you buy and do your own research.

McMaster's Nutrition Research