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Can you avoid depression from whole foods?
Depression has a far-reaching impact on the lives of those affected and it is often difficult to treat them. Prevention is therefore of particular importance. According to a recent study, the risk of developing depression can apparently be significantly reduced by whole foods. A healthy diet leads to a significantly lower risk of illness, while poor nutrition, an irregular lifestyle and little exercise increase the likelihood of depression, the study authors report.
In their current study, scientists at Swinburne University in Melbourne were able to demonstrate that the risk of depression is directly related to diet, lifestyle and exercise, reports the Ranke-Heinemann Institute (Australian-New Zealand University Association). A high-fiber diet in particular is the key to a healthy mind, Dr. Joanna Dipnall from Swinburne University, who designed a special Risk Index for Depression (RID).
Risk index for depression developed
According to the researcher, she developed the RID in order to identify the most common risk factors for depression and thus provide health experts with an early intervention method. The Risk Index for Depression clearly shows that healthy eating can be directly associated with a lower risk of depression, while poor nutrition, an irregular lifestyle or little exercise increase the risk of illness.
The most important goal in the development of the RID was, according to Dr. Dipnall an improvement in prevention. “With its help, people with a predisposition to depression can also be identified, which is the decisive factor in reducing this risk,” explains the researcher. The RID is the first risk index of its kind and helps doctors and sufferers to recognize the early signs of depression.
High-fiber diet is key
The Australian researchers' research based on RID also showed that the risk of depression is most closely related to our diet, followed by physiological factors and lifestyle such as sleep and exercise. A high-fiber diet is the key to a healthy mind, explains Dr. Dipnall. According to the expert, "a diet consisting of high-fiber foods such as green salads, vegetables and whole grain cereals was consistently associated with a reduced risk of depression."
Unhealthy lifestyle increases the risk
On the other hand, "an unhealthy diet with processed foods and dairy products with a high fat content has been associated with a higher probability of depression in previous studies"; reports Dr. In addition, lifestyle factors such as sleep problems, frequent snacks and exercise behavior can be linked to mental health, the researcher continues.
Bowel health and depression
Research is increasingly focusing on nutrition as an important factor in mental health, reports Dr. It seems that fiber is a key factor in gut health, which is currently a focus of depression research. According to the expert, the findings from the investigations with the RID now provide further evidence that "nutrition is a major factor for intestinal health and for the risk of depression." (Fp)