A randomized controlled trial found that symptoms of depression dropped significantly when the participants followed a Mediterranean-style pattern of eating. The Mediterranean diet in a number of robust studies has been shown to be beneficial for a multitude of health issues, from chronic illness to mental health.
Therefore, seeing we live in the middle of the Med it may appear we have it made. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many, as our diet has seen a shift towards more processed food and away from the traditional, possibly so as to accommodate our hectic modern lifestyles.
Could there be a link between this hectic life we lead, the resultant poorer diet, and an increase in noticeable mental health issues? And if that is the case, what can we do to counter act this trend? What should we be eating to feed our brains, and boost our happy hormones, namely serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Is there truly a way to treat depression and anxiety through food? A number of studies suggest that this may in fact be achievable!
Overall it is always a good idea to stick to a wholefoods diet free of preservatives and additives and incorporating a variety of different foods and colours at every meal. One excellent way of achieving this goal, is trying, as much as possible, to incorporate the “Farm to Fork”