Can a vegan diet improve mental health and help cut Australia’s health care costs? Maya Gibson looks at new research into the links between vegan diets and mental wellbeing. Forty-five percent of adult Australians aged years will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime 1. Mental disorders may include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, generalised anxiety and eating disorders. If left untreated, many disorders may increase in severity or even lead to suicide 2. Life is undoubtedly difficult for people affected by mental illness; they need to deal with the disorder in order to function in their everyday lives, and cope with the financial expense of getting treatment. Whilst the Australian Government subsidises some mental health care costs, the burden on the community and individuals alike, is rising. On a positive note, mental illness like many physical illnesses, may improve under a well balanced whole food plant based diet 3,4.
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We all know what a certain level of being anxious feels like. That butterfly feeling in our stomachs, the urge to bite our nails? We all feel anxious from time to time. Feeling nervous and scared about something? But, c an a plant-based diet help anxiety? Some people will have trouble sleeping and roll in bed for hours. Others may have a complete lack of appetite or a very intense one! Others will feel a lack of energy and will feel tired the whole time. Some people may feel like doing but crying and procrastinating for days. Life brings unexpected situations all the time and we naturally worry about them. We usually get nervous when dealing with new scenarios or unexpected problems.
By Lindsay Morris, May 6, More than 8 percent of American adults age 20 and older have experienced depression in a given two-week period, according to Centers for Disease Control data. Here are key ways in which diet can impact depression and overall mental health. Mounting research suggests that clinical depression may be affected by the bacteria in the gut. They also noticed that depressed subjects tend to be lacking in two specific species of gut bacteria. Dietary interventions may have the potential to modulate psychiatric symptoms.