Nutrition for anxiety and depression

Our Save Minds provide services and advice on nutrition for anxiety and depression. Anxiety disorders continue to be one of the most common forms of mental illness globally; countries like the United States are especially at risk, with 18% of the population (40 million adults), struggle with anxiety. What’s more, anxiety and depression are often thought to work side by side, with approximately half of depressed individuals also experiencing anxiety. It is estimated that only about a third of all people suffering from any form of mental illness seek treatment.

Key considerations

There are several considerations regarding nutrition for anxiety and depression, some of which include marinating a balanced diet, limiting or outright avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. For example, complex carbohydrates are digested and metabolized within the body more slowly; this helps to keep the individual’s blood sugar level at more even levels. More even blood sugar levels are more calming and relaxing to the individual.

A healthy diet is important

Mental wellbeing is continually associated with maintaining a healthy diet; patients suffering with anxiety and depression should consider a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. This is especially true when compared to consuming diets rich in simple carbohydrates that are commonly found in processed foods. Research suggests a close link between serotonin levels (the ‘feel good’ hormone) and the gut; the vast majority of serotonin in the human body is found in it. This means that the health of our brain is greatly affected by our gut, and vice versa, highlighting the importance of maintain a healthy diet and mental wellbeing. A healthy brain is essential to a healthy mind; our Save Minds therapists, doctors and staff are skilled in recommending healthy diets to maximise the potential for a healthy gut and brain.