When discussing mental health we are referring to a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. But to understand how slow juicing can affect your mind, and mental well-being, we must believe in the strength of the link between our body and mind.
There are few people that are aware of the connection between nutrition and mental health issues like depression and anxiety, whereas they can completely comprehend how nutritional deficiencies lead to physical illness. *Although previously depression was seen as merely biochemical or emotionally rooted, it is now understood that nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression*. Nutritional neuroscience is a developing control shining the light on how t nutritional factors are intertwined with human cognition behaviour and emotions. Some food patterns that are easily observed of those who have a low mental health often revolve around poor appetite, skipping meals and a sugar addiction. Interestingly these patterns not only occur during experiencing depression but can also precede it.
Generally, people are often deficient in some nutrients, especially essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. A notable feature of the diets of patients suffering from a low mental health is the severity of deficiency in these exact nutrients. *Every 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem in any given year*, the problem is growing, the evidence proves it. But what can you do to improve your mental well-being? One of the best ways to tackle it directly is to incorporate a variety of colourful, fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet on a regular basis.
If we accept that depression and anxiety often come hand in hand and that these mental illnesses can have a strain on the physicality of your body, we can begin to look into what to support our body with. What does our body need to comfort the stresses of these low mental health symptoms? In recent studies, the main deficiencies that crop up are low Omega 3 and 6, low magnesium and calcium, as well as all of the B vitamins (Folic acid included).
We need a daily intake of the vitamin B complex as your body can not store complex vitamins so leaves the body quickly. The vitamin B complex serves for many aiding functions; supports your cellular metabolism, helps your body process amino acids, converts nutrients into energy, its the material for making neurotransmitters, maintains nerve health, helps brain function, maintains healthy red blood cells and aids the hormone balance. Omega 3 & 6 aids your brain development, immune system function, and blood pressure regulation. All these supporting roles help your body to function at an optimum level, supporting your nervous system, heart and brain, which essentially is like feeding your mind, to give it the energy to operate positively.
There are some fruit and vegetables that contain excellent sources of vitamin B, to name a few;
spinach, parsley, broccoli, beetroot, turnip greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, avocado, citrus fruits, nuts, some nondairy milks and nutritional yeasts. As well as a high variety of foods that contain Omegas; flaxseed and its oil, hemp seeds and its oil, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds and acai powder.
Raw juice is equivalent to a "living broth" teeming with the micro-nutrients that most of us need, daily. Slow juicing can make this a little easier, it is not likely that someone can sit and eat half a bag of spinach, with a lemon and a bunch of kale with a smile on their face. Consuming these foods raw through juicing ensures that you are getting all the nutrients intact, and they are effectively absorbed. It could be said that you can juice your way to happiness.
Take a look at our nutritious Slow Juices.