By Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center. Many mental health practitioners and trained coaches have long recognized the importance of diet and nutrition on a patient’s overall health and well-being. Now psychiatrists and psychologists are being urged to recognize the link between a patient’s nutritional choices and their mental health as well. Recent research has confirmed that nutritional deficiencies can lead to poor mental health. Several scientific studies have found that not only can eating healthy help improve a patient’s mental wellness, nutrients such as folate, B12, iron, zinc, magnesium, omega-3s, vitamin D, and others can have a significant impact on brain health. According to Jerome Sarris, Ph.D. of the University of Melbourne, nutrition can be as important to psychiatry as it is to fields such as endocrinology, gastroenterology, and cardiology. In addition to these specific nutrients, studies have shown an association between a healthy diet and reduced risk of depression and suicide in many cultures throughout a patient’s lifespan. Unhealthy eating seems to be particularly detrimental to children and teenagers, whose brains are still undergoing significant development. All of this points to nutrition being a key factor in reducing the incidence and prevalence of mental health disorders in the… Read full this story
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