The holiday season is promoted as something that is all about family, friends, and celebrating the good things in life…

However, there are some who may not feel the Christmas cheer. It could be time associated with bad memories, or just the fact that 2019 has been a ‘bad’ year personally. If you’re feeling in a funk, and you’re struggling to enjoy the spirit of the season, here are some tasty foods that can help boost your mental health.

But don’t kid yourself. One healthy spinach bake is not going to make a huge difference. This is about ensuring a constant supply of vital vitamins and minerals for your body to use.

According to this research on the relationship between diet and mental health, “A dietary pattern characterised by a high intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression. A dietary pattern characterised by a high consumption of red and/or processed meat, refined grains, sweets, high-fat dairy products, butter, potatoes and high-fat gravy, and low intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression.”

(Note: The foods mentioned below will NOT cure depression, but they will ensure that your body has the nutrition it needs to help boost your mental health. If you are suffering from depression, you MUST see a health professional as soon as possible.)

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1.     Green, leafy vegetables

Green, leafy veggies like spinach and kale are high in antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, which help your body to fight harmful free-radicals which may be in circulation inside your system. Free-radicals are particularly destructive in the brain, and can cause all sorts of problems, including cell damage, which may lead to mood swings.

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