There is now extensive data across countries and age groups establishing diet quality as a possible risk or protective factor for depression. While there are many definitions of a healthy diet, studies suggest that diets higher in plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains, and lean proteins, including seafood, are associated with a reduced risk for depression. Contrarily, diets heavy in processed food and sugary products are linked with a higher risk of depression not to mention heart disease and prediction of reduced longevity. Mental health is the same thing as physical health. We don't choose our genetics, but we can have a say in our environment and dietary intake. Modern day mental health professionals must learn to address all aspect that plays a part into the well-being of their patients. If you would like to work with someone who can help you see the bigger picture and work with you to improve your overall quality of life, please schedule a consultation.
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