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Forest View Hospital explains how diet impacts your mental health
Posted at 10:03 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 07:39:35-05

Growing up, we've heard eating fish was good for our brains. But the connection between what you eat and your mental health is much stronger than an old saying.

Everyone’s mental health is being impacted right now with all that is happening during the pandemic, but a few simple changes can turn things around. Megan DeJonge, Director of Business Development at Forest View Hospital, discusses how proper nutrition can have an impact on cognition, behavior, and emotions.

People who eat a diet high in whole food are up to 35 percent less likely to develop depression. On the flip side, a poor diet in sugary, processed foods can increase the risk of depression by as much as 60 percent.

A healthy diet can be within reach. If cost is an issue, choose canned or frozen vegetables, fish, dried fruits, and beans.

Forest View is always available to help with mental health needs 24/7. For assistance or more information, call 1-800-949-8439.