by Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center.
A series of studies have provided tangible evidence that poor mental health is likely a result of depriving the brain of a proper balance of nutrients found in vitamins and minerals.
The revelation in these studies is that mental health issues can be averted simply by adhering to a well-balanced, old-fashioned diet.
Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, Professor at the University of Calgary in Canada, is a renowned expert on the relationship of nutrition and its influence on mental wellness. Along with her colleague, Karen M. Davidson, Ph. D., R.D., the pair conducted a concentrated assessment in 2012 of 97 adults with previously diagnosed mood disorders.
To complete the assessment, the results of which were published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers interviewed the participants over three days to record what they had eaten each day as well as their changing mood and feelings for the duration of the study.
At the conclusion of the project, Kaplan and Davidson noted that there was a consistent and reliable result regarding the amount of nutritious food a participant ate and the positive mood they had throughout the day. While this is not the first study of its kind to assert this theory, the results confirm that a proper diet that avoids unhealthy or processed foods is not just good for the body, but also benefits a person’s state of mental health.
Since the 1950’s, when medications began to dominate the world of mental health care, there has been a reluctant attitude in the medical community to accept the basic principles of nutrition as relative to mental health disorders. It has long been the practice of mental health researchers to attempt to determine which, if any, specific nutrient is missing or deficient, and thereby damaging an individual’s mental wellness.
However, around the world, old-fashioned diets from natural food sources, such as meat, potatoes and vegetables are being proven as the most effective formula for developing a strong, stable mental state. This challenges the notion that picking and choosing different trending foods will have a positive overall effect on mental health. In fact, many scholars look to the past, before the prescription drug revolution, when most psychiatric ailments were treated with fully balanced dietary improvements, rather than specific supplements.
While the findings do not eliminate the need for supplements, it recognizes the need to provide proper nutrition to support healthy brain function and reduce the deprivation of vitamins, proteins and minerals, which may in actuality, be the cause of many personality disorders and mental illnesses.
With so many horrible food choices available today, many are addicted to bad food that creates bad feelings such as inflammatory stress, anxiety and depression. Worse, many have a hard time letting these foods go, almost as if they are compelled to continue feeling bad. This self-sabotaging way of eating can be addressed and changed with expanded awareness and effort.
If you like this article, then like my Facebook Page to keep up with all my writing.