Diet & Wellbeing Information

Below Lisa has compiled a number of links to articles or studies to help you become more aware of the links between diet and mental well-being.
(Please note none of these articles or studies are affiliated to Clearing Therapy or related to BCT).

Food & Feelings
Extract: 'Not all that long ago, the conventional wisdom was that nutrition had little to do with mental illness . . . Not any more. By now we have had a good ten years of peer-reviewed work by a new generation documenting relationships between nutrition and mental health. This should not surprise us. In history we have the example of pellagra - a deficiency of vitamin B3 caused by diets heavy in corn. Pellagras early symptoms include aggressiveness, confusion, insomnia and hypersensitivity. '

Irish scientists reveal how food can be used to treat depression and anxiety
Extract: ' ..Investigating how the bacteria living in our gut, the microbiota, can influence our brains . . . and they have used clinical trials to establish that our diet plays a major role in our state of mind and mental health. '

Can Probiotics be Used for the Treatment of Mental Health Problems?
Extract: ' Probiotics have certainly become quite the rage across the world for the treatment of all kinds of ailments . . . Recently, the popular press has propagated the idea that probiotics are the next antidepressants. '

The Second Brain ~ Trust Your Gut
Extract: ' Poor nutrition leads to and exacerbates mental illness. Optimal nutrition prevents and treats mental illness . . . The discovery of the "second brain," also known as the enteric nervous system, has confirmed our experience that the "gut" communicates with our first brain.'

Feeling anxious? Your gut bacteria might be to blame
Extract: '. . . Researchers found that the absence of gut bacteria in mice altered the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) in regions of the brain that play a role in anxiety and depression.'

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications
Extract: '. . . Dr. Palmer described the experiences of two adults in his practice with schizoaffective disorder who had tried a ketogenic diet. . . She decided to try a ketogenic diet with the hope of losing some weight. After four weeks on the diet, her delusions had resolved and she'd lost ten pounds.'


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