800px-Hrushikesh_kulkarni_vegetablesHe that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.
– Chinese Proverb

Psychiatric Times recently reported that at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting the “Prescription Brain Food: From Bench to Table” workshop was standing room only!

Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, told the packed room that the brain consumes 420 calories a day.

Ramsey then went on to discuss various studies which proved that nutrition does indeed have an impact on how the brain functions, specifically in the area of moods. There is serious evidence that a poor diet may contribute to depression in some people.

We’re really pleased to see medical doctors, in this case psychiatrists, focus on the importance of good nutrition and it’s role in mental and physical health. In medical school, nutrition is still not a widely-studied subject, which is a shame. Famous doctors from Maimonides to Hippocrates urged us to eat right, not overeat, and consider food as our primary medicine, leaving medication as a last resort.

In just a few weeks it’ll be summer, perhaps the easiest time of all to work on eating right. Being outdoors in sunshine can actually suppress your appetite and/or lead you to crave healthier foods like fresh vegetables, fruit, and grilled fish.

Want more information? We’ve written dozens of posts on nutrition and mental health and there are hundreds (maybe thousands?) on PsychCentral.com.

Happy eating!

 

 

 


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    Last reviewed: 11 Jun 2013

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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2013). Psychiatrists Say Nutrition Is Key To Mood. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 20, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2013/06/psychiatrists-say-nutrition-is-key-to-mood/

 

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