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What you put in your mouth can affect your mind. And it’s important to start eating right as early as your teens and twenties to stave off mental stress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American adults between the ages of 18–24 suffer the most mental health distress.
“This age group is under a great deal of pressure, especially today with the poor economy,” Landa says. “Proper nutrition is a key factor in combating conditions associated with mental distress such as avoiding processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. This will reduce the demand on the adrenal glands, which are responsible for secreting cortisol (the stress hormone) and play a role in managing your metabolism.”