If you suffer from depression, you can be trapped by your feelings and find yourself unable to escape the downward spiral.
And while depression is not a “typical illness”—like the flu or a stomach bug—there’s no denying it has a huge impact on your health and life.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that the food you eat can have a HUGE impact on your mood.
Processed foods contain chemicals that can cause inflammation… and inflammation has long been linked to depression.
But there are foods you can add to your diet to help balance your mood.
Let me explain…
Healthy food, happy mind
According to a new study out of Sydney, Australia, sticking to the Mediterranean diet—our dietary “secret”—can help you overcome depression.
If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you already know this is the only type of diet I recommend.
(Yes, there are different variations. But they all focus on the basics: fresh, WHOLE, unprocessed foods.)
For the study, researchers looked at a group of 72 men between the ages of 18 and 25 years.
One group ate the Mediterranean diet for 12 weeks, while the other took part in befriending therapy.
(This type of therapy pairs a volunteer with a person suffering from a mental illness. Then, they simply spend time together.)
At the end of the study, researchers found those following the Mediterranean diet had a “significantly” higher quality of life score than the befriending therapy group.
The basic components
I’ve been talking about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet for nearly as long as I’ve been in practice.
So, it’s always nice to come across a study that confirms exactly what I’ve been telling my patients and readers all along.
I don’t know about you, but the research above is more than enough reason for me to make smarter dietary choices.
If you’re just getting started—or need a refresher—here are the basic components of the Mediterranean diet:
- Eat plenty of lean protein, including grass-fed and -finished beef, organic poultry, and wild-caught fish.
- Eat ample quantities of vegetables and some fruits.
- Eat healthful fats from natural sources, like nuts
- Drink plenty of water each day (alcohol in moderation)
These foods provide a vast array of vitamins, polyphenols, carotenoids, and protein.
They also carry a uniquely therapeutic fatty acid profile—filled to the brim with monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) from sources like macadamia nut oil, olives, and avocados.
You can learn more about the importance of this healthy diet in the January 2022 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives (“Scratch ‘weight loss’ off your resolution list for good”) newsletter. Not yet a subscriber? Click here to become one!
Or in my very own A-List Diet book.
Until next week,
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“Mediterranean diet can help young men beat depression, study says.” Study Finds, 06/03/2022. (studyfinds.org/mediterranean-diet-men-depression/)