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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4 things that can affect academic performance in teens

Earlier this month, Greek researchers published a study in Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showing that following 4 lifestyle practices could improve academic performance in teens.

The researchers recruited over 500 teen participants in Athens, Greece. They measured adherence to the Mediterranean diet, physical activity, anxiety, attitude toward health, and academic performance.

What they found was that the following 4 factors were significant in predicting performance in teenagers:

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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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Diet may improve depression better than social support

Australian researchers recently published a study in Nutritional Neuroscience showing that nutritional intervention can have a more positive effect on depression than social support.

The researchers conducted a 12-week trial for over 60 participants, who were randomly assigned to one of two groups: diet intervention or social support. Roughly 80% of the participants were already being treated for depression (psychotherapy, medication, or both).

Those in the diet intervention groups received counselling sessions, recipes, and food samples for the following key food groups:

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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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Cutting out junk food may improve ADHD

Last year, Indian researchers published a study in the Asian Journal of Home Science showing a connection between nutrition and the severity of ADHD symptoms.

The researchers studied 50 children who had ADHD symptoms and who were between the ages of 4 and 12. They were the split into two groups: a control group and a nutritional intervention group. During 6 sessions, researchers assessed their nutritional consumption and their ADHD symptom severity.

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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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