It is estimated that around 350 million people in the world suffer from mental disorders. Although the causes of depression are varied and largely unidentifiable, since the 1950s the pharmaceutical industry has developed a wide range of antidepressants.
The problems with antidepressants are very numerous, they include substance abuse, and a host of adverse side effects, including emotional numbness and even increased risk of suicide. Although antidepressants may well help some people cope with the devastating effects of depression in the short term, pharmaceutical treatments do not cure depression.
After reflecting on the reasons for such an increase in depression in our society over the past two decades, many have assumed that we must blame lifestyle, social disconnect in a technologically advanced society, lack of exercise, environmental pollutants, and increased consumption of highly processed foods. Yet medical science has been slow to fully recognize and recommend lifestyle changes for patients, often preferring the recommendation of pharmaceuticals.
“We have known for some time that there is a clear link between the quality of people’s diets and their risk of depression. This is the case in all countries, cultures and age groups, with a healthy diet the risk is decreased and with an unhealthy diet there is an increased risk of depression. However, this is the first randomized controlled trial to directly test whether improved diet quality can actually treat clinical depression. “~ Professor Felice Jacka, Director of Deakin’s Food and Mood Center.
The study looked at adults with major depression to assess their progress with specific dietary changes over a three-month period, revealing the types of foods that help the most.
“The food group has received information and assistance to improve the quality of their current diet, with a focus on increasing the consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fish and meat. lean reds, olive oil and nuts, while reducing their consumption of unhealthy foods such as sweets, refined grains, fried foods, fast food, processed meats and sugary drinks. [Source]
In addition to the quality of a person’s diet, depression is now scientifically associated with inflammation in the body, as well as the health of the body’s microflora, which are heavily influenced by the foods that the we choose to consume.
This study by Deakin University adds another crucial piece to the puzzle and it is an extremely important contribution to the growing body of anecdotal evidence from people who have fought their depression by taking control of many aspects of their mode of thinking. life.