Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

Could Changing Your Diet Improve Your Mental Health?

Psychiatrist Dr Georgia Ede argues that the medical profession has completely underestimated the huge impact of diet on our mental health.

In her new book, Change Your Diet, Change Your Mind,  Georgia reveals improvements we can all make to our diet, and in particular, three different dietary approaches for those looking to improve their mental health.

She suggests that early results from a range of trials using this approach to treat conditions from bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, show a much great effect, in fact 6 to 10 times  that seen in any comparative drug trial.

Georgia believes a metabolic evaluation should be standard practice for every patient seeking psychiatric help.

In her own practice, this approach has enabled her to reduce the medication many of her patients take and in some cases allowed them to come off all medication all together.

Ironically, the psychiatric drugs used to treat many of these mental health conditions, which Georgia argues can also be useful, can at the same time actually worsen metabolic health, which can then negatively impact brain health.

So just how does a psychiatrist -  or indeed any doctor  - balance the benefits and risks of treatment?

Change Your Diet, Change Your Mind by Georgia Ede is due to be published by Yellow Kite books on 30th January 2024.

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