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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They said it couldn’t be done: growing new brain cells with nutrition

This is a guest article  written by Dr. Estelle Toby Goldstein, a board certified psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist/researcher in Orange County, California, USA.

For as long as life is in your body, there is neurogenesis in your brain.

Yes, this means you can grow new brain cells.

Knowledge changes. When I became a neurosurgeon, most scientists who studied the brain were convinced that after a brief time when oxygen could not get to the brain, generally one to three minutes,

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Mediterranean diet may improve cognitive function in older adults

Spanish researchers recently published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Nutritión Hospitalaria showing a connection between consuming a Mediterranean diet and cognitive function, at least among older adults.

79 people over the age of 75 participated in the study. Researchers tracked their diet using the Mediterranean Diet Adherence Screener. They used the Mini Mental State Examination to measure cognitive decline.

During the study period, the researchers found a positive relationship between eating a Mediterranean diet and improved cognitive function.

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The 4 most common triggers of panic attacks

Not too long ago, we blogged about anxiety being more than just panic attacks. This article caught the attention of Jackie Edwards, a freelance writer who has suffered with crippling panic attacks and accompanying bouts of depression for years. They started when she worked in a high pressured job; the long hours and the lack of rest and relaxation led to a great deal of stress.

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Why these 20 foods may help you feel better

Did you know that iron is a critical nutrient in the production of neurotransmitters the body uses to manage our mental health?

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3 mental health areas where the Mediterranean diet shines

Did you know that if you follow a Mediterranean diet, you could improve your mental health?

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What we eat may affect our memory as we age

At the end of 2016, Australian researchers published a study in Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine showing a connection between the food we eat and the size of our hippocampus.

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Rest and relaxation might help with your anxiety

Dealing with anxiety? One technique might be to try finding more time for relaxation.

In 1987, American researchers studied 42 male subjects who had previously indicated experiencing shyness when interacting with females. They were randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group.

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Laughing might reduce stress

American researchers published a paper in 2008 showing that a hearty laugh can reduce stress hormones.

The researchers studied 16 men for cortisol and catecholamine blood levels while they were fasting. They were split into two groups randomly: one for control and one for the experiment. They took blood from all the participants before the trial, 4 times during, and 3 times after.

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How Chinese food can improve your 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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