Living Well with Michelle: New study links diet to symptoms of depression


EXPLAIN. THE STUDY MEASURED THE LINK BETWEEN DIET AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENTS OVER TIME — SHOWING NOW, MORE THAN EVER, THERE’S REASON TO EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR OVERALL WELLBEING. EATING THE RIGHT FOODS — EATING THE RIGHT FOODS — IT’S A CHOICE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES CAN MAKE FOR BETTER HEALTH. REGISTERED DIETITIAN MIM GAINES RECOMMENDS STICKING TO WHOLE, NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS AND FILLING HALF YOUR PLATE WITH FRUITS AND VEGGIES. AND TO MAKE SURE ADOLESCENTS ARE EATING *ENOUGH. (Super: Mim Gaines — Registered dietitian) Gaines: “The difference is between for a child, who is growing, is they might need a little bit more calories, especially in the teenage years.” WHILE IT’S BEEN KNOWN DIET CAN EFFECT BODY COMPOSITION — Michelle: “A lot of people think of diet as a way of losing weight.” DOCTOR SYLVIE MRUG AND A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AT U-A-B CONDUCTED A STUDY SAYING DIET CAN EFFECT ADOLESCENTS’ *EMOTIONAL WELLBEING, TOO. (Dr. Sylvie Mrug – UAB psychology professor & chair) Mrug: “Diet has such a huge impact on how we feel, how our bodies feel, how our brains function.” THE STUDY LOOKED AT 84 ADOLESCENTS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL, MEASURING THE CORRELATION BETWEEN DIET QUALITY AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR. Mrug: “We looked at the urine sodium and potassium as a predictor of change in depressive symptoms over time.” RECORDING THESE LEVELS OF NUTRIENTS IN URINE& ALLOWED MRUG AND HER TEAM TO*OBJECTIVELY MEASURE DIET CHANGE. THOSE OUTCOMES… PAIRED WITH ASKING PARTICIPANTS ABOUT FEELING DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS. Mrug: “And what we found was higher levels of sodium and lower levels of potassium both uniquely predicted more depressive symptoms being developed.” MRUG SAYS HIGH SODIUM AND LOW POTASSIUM ARE INDICATORS OF POOR DIET. HIGH SODIUM — TYPICALLY PRESENT IN HIGHLY- PROCESSED AND FAST-FOODS. THIS EVIDENCE- BASED WHOLISTIC POWER OF FOOD — AN EXCITING STRIDE FOR MANY THE HEALTH COMMUNITY. Gaines: “It finally shows that it is all the big picture, the wholistic picture of the person – that food really is a type of medicine.” WE HAVE A LINK TO THE STUDY ON OUR

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