5 things to improve your mental health this autumn

For some people, as temperatures and daylight length drop, so does their mood. As seasons change, their mood can become more challenging to maintain.

Here are 5 things you can do this autumn to help maintain your mental health.

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Study: food may not give us enough brain nutrients

Irish researchers recently published a study in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society indicating that food alone may not be providing the B vitamins in the quantities we need to maintain good mental health, particular for older adults.

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Too much sugar may make us depressed

British researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health showing a connection between sugar intake and mental health.

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Junk foods may affect our emotions

Two years ago, American researchers published a study in the Journal of Health Psychology showing a connection between trans fats and emotion regulation.

The researchers analyzed the dietary habits and emotion regulation of nearly 5,000 participants. Among the nutritional data, the researchers indicated that the top 5 sources of trans fatty acids were the following:

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13 nutrients your body needs to fight mental fatigue

What is mental fatigue?

We all feel tired at some time during the day. We go to sleep at the end of the day, then we wake up several hours later refreshed and reenergized.

Some people, however, feel tired for weeks. If that’s the case, mental fatigue, or a lack of energy and motivation, may be the reason. Mental fatigue can also mean a temporary lapse in optimal cognitive performance.

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Diet quality may affect depression symptoms in women

Earlier this month, Japanese researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition showing a connection between diet quality and depression in women.

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PTSD isn’t experienced by just veterans

When you hear about post-traumatic stress disorder, what images come to mind? Soldiers? Veterans? People dealing with war flashbacks?

That’s certainly how it’s commonly portrayed in popular media.

But PTSD isn’t restricted to those who serve or have served in the military. Anyone can experience it. For that matter, it’s not just men who experience it either.

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Diet quality may improve adolescent attention capacity

Earlier this year, European researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, showing a connection between what we eat and our attention capacity.

The researchers recruited nearly 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 from Spain, Germany, France, Austria, and Sweden. They examined their attention capacity and assessed their dietary intake.

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How lack of sleep affects us (and 6 things we can do about it)

Our bodies need rest. While researchers have proposed multiple theories over the years to the actual purpose of sleep, it’s clear that our bodies need it to be healthy.

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Nutrition may solve child aggression, but does anyone care?

Mental health researchers Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and Dr. Julia Rucklidge recently wrote an article highlighting a new study that shows nutrition may reduce aggression and violence in children.

They pointed out that this is one of several studies on the subject. Research has shown this connection between nutrition and aggression since the 1990s, and there have even been 5 randomized controlled trials exploring this connection. And not just in children either.

The bigger point of the article isn’t that nutrition is a potential solution for violent behaviour;

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