How outrageous would it be if it turned out that your diet not only affected your physical health, but also your mental health? Well this could very well turn out to be true. New psychological research is being conducted that is beginning to look into how nutrition can impact our mental health.
Mental Health can be Affected by Inflammation
It is well known that stress and inflammation can both work to negatively affect our mental health. Research has proved time and again that a proper diet can work to help prevent these things from occurring. But little research has been conducted that has looked into combining nutrition and mental health.
That is until now. Psychologists are compiling the research that has been done that has looked into the correlations and are coming back with some surprising conclusions.
A study found that diets that are high in inflammatory foods can greatly increase the risk of the person developing depression. This would include diets that are high in grains especially. And it can effect anyone, even those that don’t have ciliac’s.
Other studies have been done that look into things beyond nutrition though to see how they can affect the mental health of individuals.
The Mediterranean style
The Mediterranean-style diet is one that is rich in fruits and vegetables. It also calls for the person to eat healthy fats that can be found in nuts and fish. Researches followed nearly 12,000 participants and found that the diet helped to fight against depression just as much as the physical activity and social activity that the individual participated in.
ADHD and Fats
The number of children that are diagnosed with ADHD seems to be on the rise. This disorder can be characterized by a number of symptoms. The most well known ones are impatient, hyperactivity, daydreaming, and disorganization. Scientists found that while children with ADHD may not eat less fatty acid, they have an essential fatty acid deficiency. The lower the amount of fatty acids that are found, the more likely the child was to display symptoms of ADHD.