Gut Health - Part 2
Can your gut health affect your mental health?
Recent evidence shows our gut health has a huge effect on our mental health, as our gut microbe is in constant communication with our brain. A study published in 2017(Jacka et al.) showed those with major depressive disorder who received information and assistance to improve the quality of their diets, focusing on the consumption of vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, fish, lean red meat, and olive oil, experienced the greatest benefit to their depressive symptoms. This study supports previous extensive research that diet is a key determinant of mental and brain health.
Take home message: eating more plant-based foods, including a wider variety, and reducing intake of sweets, refined foods, fast foods and sugary drinks, could positively benefit depression and anxiety. An apple a day may keep the blues away!