Cutting out junk food may improve mental health in these 3 areas

Here at Truehope, we’ve been saying for over 20 years that nutrition and mental health are tightly linked, and improving nutrition can improve mental health.

Related to that is the idea that poor nutrition can lead to poor mental health.

Several peer-reviewed studies have shown that consuming high amounts of junk food can negatively affect our mental health. Here are 2 studies showing how junk food affects mental health in 4 areas: depression, stress, ADHD and general mental health.

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Exercise may help eliminate postpartum depression

Canadian researchers recently published a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology showing that exercise can help reduce postpartum depression symptoms.

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Fruits and vegetables may make us happier

Last month, researchers in Thailand and South Africa presented a study at the Asian Psychological Association convention in Indonesia, showing fruit and vegetable consumption may increase happiness.

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5 people with depression share how Truehope changed their lives

Having been in business for over 20 years, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people find happiness, hope, and healing, including those who have depression.

Here are just 5 stories from participants with depression. Read how EMPowerplus changed their lives, and see if any of it sounds familiar to you.

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Have you experienced depression? Take this survey

The Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting project invites you to take part in a survey.

1 in 10 Canadians suffer from depression in their lifetime. Health research is often done without the response of patients and families who live with depression, people who care for those with depression, or health care professionals and clinicians who treat depression.

Interested researchers will also be asked to take part in the survey so results can be compared.

The research team believes that the voices of those with depression experience can make a difference in depression research;

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4 ways to cheer up when you’re depressed

It’s normal for each of us to feel blue or sad. When our best friend moves away, or we lose a job, or we receive a poor mark on a test, we all feel disappointment or hurt. We may be despondent, and it may even get us down for a few days.

Depression, on the other hand, lasts much longer. Plus, it’s so pervasive, that it can interfere with your daily life routines, and it can even adversely affect your relationships with family,

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10 symptoms of depression

It’s normal for each of us to feel blue or sad, even for several days. If these persist for weeks or months, you could have depression. Not only does depression last for longer periods, it also can interfere with daily life routines and can adversely affect relationships in various ways.

Here are 10 common symptoms of depression that set depression apart from the normal low points of life.

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Why sunlight and exercise help with depression

Looking for a natural way to reduce symptoms of your depression? Have you tried sunlight and exercise?

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The best diet for depression

Over the last few years, researchers have become more open to the idea that diet and mental health are inextricably linked. Several studies have demonstrated that connection.

As the research connecting nutrition with improved mental health, the desire for managing mental health through diet has increased. It’s not uncommon to see in chat boards, on social media, and in blog comments people asking for advice on the right foods to eat to manage their mental health.

There is no diet specifically designed for depression,

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Chinese food helps when you’re depressed

Time and again, we’ve highlighted research showing a link between nutrition and mental health.

In 2011, researchers in China published a study in Public Health Nutrition about the effect specific diets have on mental health. This group of 8 researchers—along with public and school nurses, as well as interviewers—studied the eating habits of over 5,000 Chinese youth ranging in age from 13–21. They also measured their levels of depression and anxiety.

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