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Nutrition and Mental Health

Always contact your GP if you are planning a new diet or exercise regime.

Please note that this is not a diet book. The following is for educational purposes only.

Taking antidepressants alone won’t cure Depression or Anxiety if our Nutrition and blood sugar have more ups and downs than a ship on a stormy sea, Since many antidepressants (SSRIs*) work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain (78.) A person with too high blood sugar is already getting too much Serotonin taking SSRIs is only going to make the problem worse and a person with Low Blood Sugar levels isn’t producing enough then SSRIs is probably going to help but it does not solve the underlying problem (59.)

(*Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)

As already stated Anxiety and depression are very complex topics and Blood Sugar and Neurotransmitters levels are not the only cause As we’ll discuss in part 3, However, a healthy blood sugar system will ensure the transport of the right levels of precursors for both serotonin and dopamine into the brain (59) at least giving us a fighting chance.

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Depression and Diet

The diet of the general population in many western countries shows that they are often deficient in many nutrients, especially essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.

As studies show The western-style diet may be contributing to depression as people make poor food choices. Rather than depression contributing to poor food choices (I.e. The food came before the depression)

Studies have shown traditional diets like the Mediterranean diet and the Traditional Japanese diet give you a 25-35% less chance of having depression compared with The Traditional Western Diet.

The traditional Japanese and Mediterranean diets tend to be high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, and seafood, and to contain only modest amounts of lean meats and dairy.

They are also void of processed and refined foods and sugars, which are staples of the “Western” dietary pattern.

A study on the Mediterranean diet showed improvements in major depression by 35%.

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Stress and The Brain

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Stress has been known to literally shrink the brain (59,90) as well as disrupting brain function and promoting inflammation. Stress is notorious for being difficult to define. It encompasses all kinds of stimuli of varying amounts of aversiveness and duration (102). Stress can be physical, psychological, social, acute or chronic, and high or low intensity (103-4) Stress can be defined as an automatic physical response to any stimulus that requires you to adjust to change. Every real or perceived threat to your body triggers a cascade of stress hormones that produces physiological changes. We all know the sensations: your heart pounds, muscles tense, breathing quickens, and beads of sweat appear. This is known as the stress response (62.)

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Vegetarians & Mental Health

I know a lot of Vegetarians and Vegans and the majority of them are healthy, happy and ridiculously strong. On the contrary, I also know several that struggle with mental illness, So I wanted to see if there was a connection between Not eating meat and Mental illness.

Findings – 

9,668 men who were partners of pregnant women took the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Seven per cent of the vegetarians obtained scores indicating severe depression compared to four per cent of non-vegetarians. 

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