Food greatly affects the body. It is common for people these days to control their diet to lose weight and stay fit. Dieting has taken many forms with people resorting to raw diet, juicing, exclusive vegan or a total break from all solid food and just take water and soups for days or weeks.
If you want to lose weight, you lay off the fatty and junk foods. If you want a fitter and leaner body, you eat foods that are healthy, and rich in nutrients and minerals.
But the effects of food cover more than just that. It doesn’t only affect your weight; it is also a factor in one’s mental and psychological health.
The International Society for Nutritional Research Psychiatry states its intention is to support scientifically rigorous research into nutritional approaches for both prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Balanzá is a key member of this society.
On the society’s website, a number of studies highlight the effectiveness of nutrients in treating ADHD symptoms in adults. One cited article examines a review of multiple studies and finds omega-3 fatty acids may have antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder, though perhaps not “mood-improving” effects for people suffering from non-clinical symptoms of depression. Another study concludes that fermented foods, such as Kimchi and sauerkraut, have beneficial effects on mental health, particularly with regard to depression, via their positive effects on gut microbiota.