Nutrition and Mental Health Connection: Insights From Psychologists

Our Diets and Our Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Our esteemed doctor, Dr. Renee Clauselle, is a practicing psychologist who founded and directs Renee Clauselle Wellness, in Franklin Square, NY.

Our doctor advocates for quality mental health and sees and treats various mental health disorders in children and adults, such as autism spectrum disorders, discipline, special education, brain training, parent coaching, children's therapy, concierge counseling, and neurofeedback. 

Our doctor maintains ongoing accreditations and education in the medical field and is here today to discuss the possible link that medical researchers are finding between the food you eat and your mental health.

Nutrition and Mental Health Connection

Our psychologist in Franklin Square, NY, believes that medical researchers and doctors find food choices may impact mental health. Doctors in the psychology field have essential insight related to food and mental health.

It may be the foods you eat and do not eat that affect your mental health. Consistently poor nutritional intake may play a part in negative mood and behavior, in addition to placing your physical health at risk for disease and illness. 

Researchers are beginning to link the foods you eat and do not eat enough of with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental illness diagnoses. 

  • The Western Diet may affect brain health/a decline in cognition/damage to the blood-brain barrier/mood disorders/ increased inflammation, and depression.
  • Improved mental health shows promised when you eat more fruits/ vegetables/nuts/and legumes, as seen in The Mediterranean Diet.
  • Certain foods affect glycemic index/immunity/gut microbiome/ mood/psychological well-being/depression/anxiety.
  • Eating poultry/eggs/dairy/and occasionally red meat reduces the risk of depression.
  • Our food choices and preferences respond to our psychological state, such as when you yearn for comfort foods during a low mood or stress. 
  • Increased intake of refined carbohydrates increases the risk of obesity/diabetes. 
  • There is a link between hypoglycemia and mood disorders.
  • There is a link between high glycemic index/diabetes/depression/mental illness/insulin resistance/brain volume/and neurocognitive performance.

There are many causes of mental illness, some of which have nothing to do with nutrition and diet, while other instances point to a poor nutritional diet. 

While there are certain connections of food, diet, and nutrition to mental health, it is too early to say that your food choices cause or exacerbate your mental illness, such as depression. 

Most doctors agree that if you create an improved environment/promote healthy/nutritious diets/and decrease your intake of processed food/junk food, it will improve physical and mental health and psychological well-being. 

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Call our psychologist, Dr. Clauselle, today at (516) 900-7589 at Renee Clauselle Wellness, in Franklin Square, NY. You should know more about the possible link between your diet and mental health.

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