recent small study at the University of Technology in Sydney, which was published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that young men with a poor diet saw a significant improvement in their symptoms of depression when they switched to a healthy Mediterranean diet.

In our experience with individual clients, we see this all the time. Basic things like eating protein with every meal to balance your blood sugar levels, eating healthy fats which are good for your brain and reduce inflammation, and eating a range of vegetables and legumes to feed a healthy microbiome, can make all the difference.

When people start eating real food; instead of being wired, tired and irritable, they feel energised, have more clarity of thinking, sleep better, and have an overall better mood and sense of wellbeing. Poor quality diets don’t nourish the body; and result in nutritional deficiencies which can really negatively affect your mood, energy and overall health.

Inflammation can be a major driver of depression, some common causes of inflammation include:

  • Gut issues
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • High sugar/high carb diet
  • Poor quality fats and oils (vegetable oil and junk food)
  • Chronic stress
  • Lack of movement/exercise
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Mental health issues and depression can be complex, it is not always as simple as telling someone to eat right. It is important though, not to underestimate the healing power of nutrition.

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