Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Study: Diet Affect Women's Mental Health More Than Men's

Mediterranean dietWe all know that what you eat can play a big role in your recovery as you work to replenish your body from the damage of addiction and live a healthier life. A new study shows a particularly strong link between diet and emotional well-being, especially for women. 

Researchers surveyed nearly 600 people about their eating habits and mental health and found that diet had a stronger effect on well-being for women than it did for men.

"The biggest takeaway is that women may need a larger spectrum of nutrients to support mood, compared to men," Lina Begdache, an assistant professor at Binghamton University and lead author of the study, said in a press release. "These findings may explain why women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression and suffer from longer episodes, compared to men."

The study, published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, found that a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle were most closely linked to mental well-being for women. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, key components of the Mediterranean diet include: 

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts).
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats like olive oil. 
  • Flavoring foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. 
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week and red meat only a few times a month.
  • Making meal time enjoyable with family and friends.
  • Getting plenty of exercise.

The bottom line: This study gives us yet another reason to make sure food is a joyful, nutritious part of your recovery and your life. You’ll have more energy and emotional balance – both essential for lasting sobriety.

Healthy Eating at Rising Roads Recovery
We are staffed to support all of our clients in the exploration of themselves and their relationship to food. We are lucky to have a registered dietician as well as women who are in recovery from food related issues that can help you find a path to healthy eating. To learn more about our nutritional guidance and cooking classes, call today: 866-746-1558. 

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