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A Balanced Diet Means a Balanced Mind

minerals for depressionRecently, the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research completed a study on the research, importance and future of nutritional psychiatry.

Their conclusion was, understandably, entirely positive, citing research that has provided evidence that a good diet leads to a healthy mind. In fact, nutrition is quickly becoming an accepted way doctors are dealing with issues like depression.

To those that eat healthy, this really comes as no surprise.

After all, the body requires vitamins and minerals to remain balanced. A solid diet provides the body with these necessary components. Without them, things fall out of line and mental duress is sure to follow. The most noted researcher in the study, Vicent Balanzá, underlined the Mediterranean diet as one of the most beneficial, since those following it have been proven to face lower risks for depression. He even calls this diet “wholesome”.

Though Balanzá clearly has an agenda to push with his beloved Mediterranean diet, his work is nonetheless important. It is a step in the direction of treating mental imbalances naturally rather than medicinally. In other words, it serves to help psychiatrists find the actual problem as opposed to trying to patch it up with a bit of paint.

Even so, Balanzá is more than ready to point out that the reasons behind depression and other mental problems are extremely complex. That’s why, in order to make progress, every aspect of the human life must be accounted for.


A Balanced Diet Means a Balanced Mind

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2015). A Balanced Diet Means a Balanced Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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