We all know that with the advancement of technology, depression is increasing amongst people on an alarming rate, globally. Depression cannot be neglected any further. It has been diagnosed and recognized as a mental illness now.
In fact, the World Health Organization in the year 2017, had tried spreading awareness in this regard. Lately, here on our website, we have published a couple of articles related to depression. From medications which can consequently lead a person to develop a high level of depression to exercises which can help a person in avoiding chronic mental illnesses like depression.
In this article, however, we will be discussing that how important nutritional diet is with regards to keeping our mental health stable. The researches on it will be discussed.
Researchers say that following a good and healthy diet can actually help in avoiding a number of diseases. Also, researchers prove that people who follow a specific diet such as traditional Mediterranean diet or Japanese diet have 25% to 35% lower risk of being exposed to depression as compared to people who follow a specific western style diet.
What is “Traditional Diet?”
A traditional diet includes:
- Olive Oil
- Low-fat dairy
- Low intake of animal food
Eva-Selhub, a researcher on mind-body science, comments that just like an expensive car cannot be driven without having some good fuel first, similarly, our brains require us to feed healthy to our body. Otherwise, just like a car’s engine can get rusted because of low-quality food, our brains would eventually stop working if the body’s health is not sustained by providing it healthy food.
The diet that is harmful to health
The diet which can be detrimental for health includes food which contains a high level of refined sugar, excessive consumption of red meat, excessively eating sweets or whole grains, having lots of butter in one’s food, potatoes or in taking food which contains high-fat gravy. Such a diet is extremely harmful to health and studies upon studies have been published on such a diet that it should be avoided.
The effect of diet on one’s mood
Researchers say that there’s a neurotransmitter in our body with the name of Serotonin which helps our body in regulating a number of functions. Such as function of sleep, mood, appetite or hunger, or pain. This Serotonin not only helps the digestive system in the digestion of food, in fact, this also allows our brain to regulate the moods. In other words, Serotonin affects our moods because of the kind of food that we intake.
The same neurons which help in producing Serotonin-like neurotransmitters are affected by bacteria which in result produces intestinal microbiome. Such kind of bacteria helps in fighting against the toxins which enter the body as well as bacteria which are harmful to health. The same bacteria also prevents inflammation and regulates the kind of nutrients which enter the body via food and also helps in the activation of neural pathways which act as a connection between the gut and the brain.
It’s reportedly said that when probiotics are taken then it allows:
- To reduce the anxiety level
- Also helps in reducing the stress level perception
- Helps in improving the mental outlook
The researcher, Eva Selhub, encourages that people should try experimenting by first cutting down on all kind of processed foods along with going sugar-free for at least three to four weeks and should check the effects of such diet on one’s health. And then after two-three weeks, start in taking the food that the individual normally takes like processed food or dairy products and they should analyze the effects.
After experimenting with both kind of diets for at least two to three weeks each, the individual should compare the difference between the two and how do both the diets affect him.