Our mental health highly affects how we think, feel and act as it encompasses our psychological, emotional, social wellbeing and affects our overall health. It has been observed that mental and neurological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and dementia represent the greatest global burden of disease. Also, certain epidemiological studies have shown that following a Mediterranean style diet which includes major consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, may help protect from a mental disorder.
Furthermore, Aman Puri, Founder, Steadfast Nutrition, says that new avenue in nutritional psychiatry suggests that modulation of the gut microbiota by intake of probiotics and prebiotic foods and supplements may be helpful for the treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions. The bidirectional communication between the gut microbiota and the brain may influence neurotransmission and the behaviour associated with such mental disorder conditions. The mechanisms behind nutritional impact are likely to be many and complex.