3 dietary habits associated with better mental health

A few months ago, Korean and Vietnamese researchers published a study in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, showing a connection between diet and mental health in teens.

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4 research studies showing fish may improve mental health

A large body of research has emerged over the years that shows a healthy diet is connected with positive mental health, and a significant portion of that research also shows the opposite (poor diet is connected to poor mental health).

Although we advocate a holistic nutritional approach to mental health (a variety of fresh, nutritious foods), one food source keeps popping up in the research: fish.

Here are 4 recent research studies showing that eating fish may improve our mental health.

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Improving sleep may improve mental health

British researchers recently published a study in The Lancet Psychiatry, showing a connection between insomnia and mental health.

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Mediterranean diet may improve cognitive function in older adults

For over 20 years, Truehope has maintained that nutrition plays a key role in mental health. During those two decades, research has been increasing that confirms this.

Some recent research has shown that the Mediterranean diet may play a role in the mental health of aging adults. Citing multiple studies, Irish researchers reported in a recent paper in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society that “the Mediterranean diet is receiving significant attention as regards its role in preserving cognitive health and protecting against depression in ageing.”

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Not getting enough sleep may affect your mental health

Korean researchers recently published a study in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, showing a connection between sleep duration and mental health.

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Diet, sleep, and bullying may affect youth mental health

Australian researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Sleep Research, showing that sleep, diet, and bullying are connected with teen mental health.

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4 ways gut bacteria may affect our mental health

Malaysian and Indian researchers recently published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. In it, they discuss the mental health benefits of gut bacteria.

There are a few notable points the researchers raise in their paper.

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Omega-3 may improve executive function in youth with depression or bipolar

American researchers recently published a study in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, showing a connection between omega-3 consumption and executive function.

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Mediterranean diet may improve mood

Dutch and Australian researchers recently published a study in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, showing a connection between the Mediterranean diet and mood.

They randomly assigned the 53 participants (all women between the ages of 18 and 38) to one of two groups: a control group and a group participating in the Mediterranean diet.

During the first visit, researchers measured food consumption, alertness, calmness, contentedness, anxiety, anger, fatigue, vigour, and confusion. Over the next 10 days, participants recorded their daily food intake.

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Cognitive health connected to income, mental health, and social ties

Malawi and American researchers recently published a study in the European Journal of Population, exploring the connection between cognitive health and physical and mental well being.

The researchers analyzed data from the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health, a long-term study of roughly 4,000 participants and covering over 10 years. Specifically, they documented “the age and gender patterns of cognitive health, the contextual and life-course correlates of poor cognitive health, and the understudied linkages between cognitive and physical/mental well-being.”

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