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…
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.Posted by Kate Rinsema