“We know that food affects the body — but could it just as powerfully impact the mind?
While the role of diet and nutrition in our physical health is undeniable, the influence of dietary factors on mental health has been less considered. That may be starting to change.
For the first time, a report by a task force advising on new dietary guidelines, commissioned by the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, included a point considering the possible role of diet in mental health outcomes. The USDA and HHS report notes, for example, that the American Psychiatric Association classifies omega-3 fatty acids (which are most commonly found in oily fish) as a complementary treatment for depression. However, the advisory panel concluded, for now, that the research was too limited to make policy suggestions.” – Carolyn Gregoire
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I’m actually going to write a whole blog about diet and mental health so will hold off on most of my thoughts here but essentially I think an entire body of evidence leaning heavily toward the benefits of a healthy diet on mental well being can’t be wrong. There are steps we can take as people with bipolar and among them is managing what we eat. More on that later 🙂