Food and Mental Health

The link between food and mental health. Can nutrition affect your mental health? A growing research literature suggests the answer could be yes. ... The dietician helped participants make adjustmentsto their diets, such as eating less junk food and more nutrient-rich foods such as produce, fish and legumes.

It’s something Dietitians have been researching more astutely over the last decade or so, according to CAMH Registered Dietitian Kelly Matheson.

“People are now realizing there is not only a psychological connection but a biochemical and physical connection between what we eat, the way it makes us feel and our mental health,” Kelly said.

“If we think about common illnesses like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease, there’s talk about how nutrition directly impacts these diseases and how you can reduce your risk by eating certain foods, following certain diet patterns and the same can be said about mental health.”

 

 

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