Poor diet can affect mood, behaviour and brain function. Our brains need energy and nutrients for healthy brain chemistry, functioning of nerves, and correct neurotransmitter levels. That is why a healthy diet is so important for recovery after brain injury
Fad diets come and go, but the essentials of a healthy diet remain:
- eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and grains
- eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products
- drink lots of water
- limit your intake of salt, sugar and alcohol
- eat unsaturated fats in moderation, strictly limit saturated and trans fats.
Are there special supplements which could help when recovering from a brain injury? A recent study by the Department of Defense in the USA suggested that choline, creatine, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc are helpful during the recovery process. A healthy diet will generally supply all key vitamins, minerals and fats needed – supplements typically are only a semi-effective way to make up for a poor diet.