By Andre Comrie
This January feels different from most others. It seems a more stress-filled start to a new year than I can remember.
The past year was a roller-coaster ride, and the Christmas and New Year breaks were fraught with concerns as well. No wonder so many people are feeling weary already (despite the holidays) and somewhat out of sorts.
This is a startling statistic: Studies have compared the rate of depression in populations eating “traditional” diets (such as the Japanese diet, and the Mediterranean diet) and people eating the more usual, rather processed, Western diet. They show that the risk of depression is 25% to 35% lower in those eating the more wholesome diets!
The thinking is it’s because these diets are generally high in vegetables and fruits, unprocessed grains, and, especially, fish. And they also tend to be high in fermented foods which keep the gut microflora happy. Ironically, a happy gut leads to a happy brain – and not so much the other way round.
And it’s also important to note that they are low in processed and refined food, and especially sugar.
From my point of view (and that of many others) it is quite difficult, as modern westerners, to get enough of the good stuff on a daily basis, so I believe that supplements are a necessary addition to most of our diets.
Stabilise mental health
One highly recommended supplement that I take and recommend to others is Omega 3 fatty acids. They have been shown to positively influence the function of the brain, slow down its ageing, and be essential for stabilising mental health.
These oils play a role in neuro-genesis (the development of nerve cells), neuro-transmission (the way in which messages are sent from the brain to the rest of the body, and neuro-inflammation (a condition exacerbated by chronic stress that does our brains no good at all). Deficiencies have been found to be linked to a large variety of brain-associated issues: depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, post-partum depression, hyperactivity, ADHD and autism to name a few.
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