Written by: Gretta Little (Director/Clinical Psychologist)
There’s some very interesting research coming out of Deakin University at the moment on the therapeutic impact of dietary changes on depression. They recently completed a trial that showed that dietary improvement may be an effective treatment for depression. There is other research that suggests that dietary improvement appears to prevent new cases of depression.
Better quality diets are associated with a reduced depression risk, and unhealthy eating patterns, e.g. a diet higher in processed foods, are associated with an increased risk for both depression and anxiety.
The team at Deakin have also found that maternal diet during pregnancy and early life diet for children in their first few years are important in moderating the risk for mental health problems in children as they grow.
And what is a healthy diet? One in which you eat mainly plant foods such as vegetables, salads, fruits, legumes (eg. chickpeas, lentils, tofu), wholegrains and raw nuts; fish and lean red meats; and healthy fats such as olive oil. At the same time, processed foods should be avoided. They contain high levels of unhealthy fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates.
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