Diet and Mental Health

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Growing body of evidence points to a strong connection between everyday diet, brain function, mood and cognition across the lifespan. For example, nutritional exposure in maternal and early postnatal diet, as well as food habits in childhood are associated with behavioural and emotional problems in younger people.

Dietary patterns in adulthood and later life show links with mental and cognitive health. One of the fascinating biological pathways that mediate these relationships is the gut-brain axis. Human gut microbiome is one of the most exciting new fields of research demonstrating mechanisms of action in the unique bidirectional relationship between the gut and the brain.

There are several genetic and environmental determinants of healthy gut-brain axis; however, everyday diet is increasingly recognized as the dominant modifiable factor in the mix. Diets based on nutrient- and fibre-rich foods are beneficial for gut health, while diets predominant in nutrient-poor foods, such as sugary, high-fat and processed foods, are detrimental for gut, and, consequently, mental and cognitive health.

During her seminar, Tetyana will highlight the latest evidence on the topic, and discuss some simple dietetic strategies to help manage mental and brain health.

Article Written By:

Dr Tetyana Rocks
Postdoctoral Research & Head of Translational and Educational stream at the Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University

Dr Tetyana Rocks be discussing this topic on 4th June, 2019 at 7pm to 8:30pm at the Melbourne Clinic.

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