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7 solid links between mental health & diet

All too often we forget the brain is part of the body, and what feeds the body also feeds the mind.

Though not all mental health problems can be solved by diet alone, here are seven ways science has proven there’s a relationship between what we eat or drink and how we feel.

Serious mental health issues should always be discussed with a doctor, as should any radical dietary changes if one is on prescription medication.

At the very least, it’s worth a try and definitely cheaper than a prescription.

1. Vitamin-B Deficiencies

Some people’s depression and anxiety is actually rooted entirely in their diet. Vitamins in the B class, particularly Vitamin B12, B6, and folate, have all been linked to depression, memory loss, and even paranoia and delusions. These deficiencies are more common in adults over the age of 50, vegans and other strict vegetarians, long-term alcoholics and people on certain medications…

2. Caffeine

Caffeine can influence people with mental health issues in a slew of negative — and positive — ways. People with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from a cup of coffee. On the other end of the spectrum, very high doses of the stuff can lead some people to experience hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms…

Full story at Care2.

Mental health & nutrition.

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  • For those with depression who cannot shake it off even for a few minutes, beg your doctor for a test to see if you have a mutation that does not allow you to absorb folate. If you do, you can start on a medication known as Deplin that the body will absorb. Insurance will not pay for the test or the medication, but you can find Deplin online for much, much less than at your pharmacy for a prescription.

  • Mary

    Medicaid paid for my test and I have 1 of the MTHFR genes

  • Mary

    Not completely accurate. Medicaid paid for my MTHFR testing. Also if you have an absorption problem like I do many things will not work.

  • Vitamins and coffee do absolutely nothing for depression. From one who’s been there.

  • Jiminy Cricket

    Or just live with it and find ways to distract yourself from the pain. Then again, this is what drugs and alcohol are for.

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