The Importance of Diet

Posted on 11/11/2022

This short video explains the basis of what might be right diet for good mental health and explains key ingredients in the recommended recipe 

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  • The brain is the most complex organ in our body.  
  • It assimilates every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience of the world. 
  • This soft mass weighs in at around 1 ½ kilos and contains one hundred billion nerve cells, called neurons.
  • Our brains age according to our genes and by our lifestyle.
  • Exercising the brain is imperative and giving it the right nutrition is vital.



Think of the brain as always ‘on’ – thinking, making decisions and responsible for thoughts and movements . We want our brain to function properly for a long time so we need to take care about the fuel we feed it with. And the truth Is that our brain thrives on premium fuel. So eating high quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects from oxidative stress - - the ‘waste’ (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.


Less than premium fuel so processed food especially high in refined sugar can seriously damage brain cells research shows. There is a lot of research in the field of nutritional psychiatry showing strong correlation between what we eat and our mood especially the kinds of bacteria that live in our gut. One of the main roles of the good bacteria is limiting the inflammation in our body , allowing better absorption of nutrients from our food and they activate neural pathways that travel directly between the gut and the brain.


Research has now shown that eating more ‘traditional diets (than a typical Western diet)  such as Mediterranean diet and traditional Japanese diet reduce the risk of depression by 25-35% .

Such diets are rich in vegetables, fruits unprocessed grains, fish and seafood, and only modest amount of lean meats and dairy. They are also rich in fermented food  which have natural probiotics. 


I am much in favour of ‘clean’ eating and elimination diet. You eat unprocessed food for two three weeks eliminating refined sugars, dairy, alcohol, gluten. Notice how you feel, do you have more energy , better skin better sleep, has your mood improved? 


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