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There’s an emerging field in the treatment of mental health: Nutritional psychology. Mental health professionals are increasingly viewing mental illness from a holistic perspective, and nutrition is one of the factors that come into play.
In 2015 a group of researchers pulled together all available research on nutrition and depression and came up with the following recommendations:
- Follow ‘traditional’ dietary patterns, such as the Mediterranean, Norwegian, or Japanese diet;
- Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrain cereals, nuts, and seeds;
- Include a high consumption of foods rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids;
- Replace unhealthy foods with wholesome nutritious foods; and
- Limit your intake of processed-foods, ‘fast’ foods, commercial bakery goods, and sweets.
These are all great suggestions for a healthy lifestyle in general, but the effects on mental health could be significant. Depression comes with physical symptoms, including fatigue and pains, and proper nutrition can go a long way in helping you feel better.
Go here to learn more about the research.