Is There a Link Between Nutrition and Depression?

nutrition and mental healthWe all know that eating balanced meals and getting our vitamins is essential to maintaining optimal physical health.  But when you’re moody or depressed, you probably don’t look to balance your diet or take a multivitamin to decrease your symptoms. Try out the best CBD gummies that will increase your You can get these from a licensed cbd store in your area.

New studies are finding that getting adequate amounts of certain vitamins, such as B12, is essential to maintain the systems involved in mood regulation.  In one study, deficiencies in B12 were associated with double the risk of severe depression (Penninx et al., 2000).  Clinical studies have also shown a relationship between folate and depression, with increased frequency of folate deficiency in depressed patients, more severe and prolonged depressive episodes and weaker response to anti-depressants (Bjelland et. al, 2003).

Among studies on aging, certain vitamins are thought to protect the brain against stress-related damage linked to memory and cognitive decline (Wattanapenpaiboon and Wahlqvist, 2002).

Not all people with vitamin deficiencies have mood problems and not all people with mood problems have vitamin deficiencies. These studies don’t answer all the questions around the connection between vitamin deficiencies and mood problems, however, they do underscore the connection between our mental and physical well-being and the need to attend to both.

DBT skills teach that imbalances in eating, sleep, physical illness, mood altering drugs and exercise all have an impact on our vulnerability to extreme emotions.  Problems in our physical well-being can affect how we think and feel, our mood and our ability to concentrate.

Has your life been out of balance in one of these key areas?  Have you experienced improvements in mood with improvements in your eating or nutrition?  Did better balance in other areas of physical health have an impact on your emotional well-being?

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7 Replies to “Is There a Link Between Nutrition and Depression?”

  1. Hi wondering if you could advise me the best way to appraoch a problem i have with my 9 year old son. I have 3 boys aged 10 , 9 and one who is about to turn 4. The 9 year old i find very hard to live with, this makes me feel guilty as His dad and i both agree all though we love him the same as our other children, I just don’t like him as a person. He screams at everyone in the house, continually causes conflict with his brothers. He is a good looking boy and intelligent, but he also seems to know this and he will tell his older brother he is dumb and the other kids on the school bus that they are stupid. I just don’t like this personality trait. I know he is who he is, my father inlaw has much the same personality so i am assuming this is just his genetic make up.I have to say my son can be very loving and affectionate,so he does have some nice ways. I am just not sure how to handle this. I am just finding him so hard to live with as my husband is only home one week a fortnight as he works away, another thing is i seem to be the only one to discipline him as his dad is very soft and i think be feels bad as he works away so he doesn’t want to be the grumpy one when he returns home. Do i have to face the fact that this is just the way he is and accept him for this or am i doing something wrong, or is there anything i can do in the way i am raising him to help. I am being treated for depression at the moment, not post natal related just some personal things that upset me personally, so I am trying to cope with this but also the guilt that i can’t wait for my son to grow up and be able to move away, I feel so bad about feeling this way as he is my son and what kind of mum feels this way about her own child. I just find him at times unbearable to live with and i feel guilty as my other two sons are so kind, quite and placid by nature. Can you give me any advice.

    1. Hi, It’s incredibly hard on a parent to have one child that is more challenging than the others. There’s a great book, Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions, which might be helpful. You might also try getting some recommendations from mental health professionals you’re involved with for your depression. It sounds like you need some support and strategies to deal with your son. It’s possible that there are resources available to you.

  2. As someone who battles depression, I have certainly seen a difference in my mood when I am eating better. The thing that I struggle with is trying to tell myself that I would feel better when I am in the middle eating bad things.

  3. Yeah! Balance is very helpful with regard to any kind of health really. That includes depressive disorders. I think the article itself is a healthy balance of ideas. I will be passing it on to those I know who can benefit from it. Here’s to eating right and thinking right!

  4. Dear author,
    What I am going to write to you is not found in any of the numerous books of healthy eating or of psychology. Over the years, and after several experimentations over to myself, I have come to the same conclusion that indirectly the Ecotherapy suggests: the one that, especially we women, need to harmonize our cycle with Nature! Depression, over time may be due also to the lack of attention of avoiding creating violence (e.g. indirectly, by eating meat also before our fertile days) to our environment! We depend from mother Nature, we belong to it, and there must be a point of positive interaction, an equilibrium point, with it, which at the end will give us back the strenght to overcome…! Who said that everything is a matter of an Energy form ?!

  5. For Robyne

    Have you thought about seeking a guidience counselor, behaviorist, psychologist, I’m not sugesting medicine but behavior therapy. Learning how he can make better friends by being calmer, using an indoor voice and that boasting usually alienates people and does not make you friends, things for you 9 year old to address, these are personality problems best dealt with before he becomes a teenager. It seems quite clear that there is a consensus that his behavior is causing problems, he is verbally abusing his brother, kids on the bus, that is being a bully. He can be taught how not to bully and use his inteligence for betterment his own and others. Its not ALL on your shoulders.

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