How to eat for better mental Health Recent research indicates that depression is linked with inflammation, specifically in the gut. Gram negative bacteria, or “bad” bacteria in the gut, can increase immune responses, leading to inflammation and/or a role in the development of clinical depression. Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, can allow these gram negative bacteria to enter the blood stream and systemic circulation perpetuating the ongoing inflammation-depression cycle. Depression is closely tied to inflammation, and isn’t always a mental disorder on its own. Gut health is closely tied to mental health because a large portion of the enteric nervous system is located in the gut. Certain dietary factors can exacerbate leaky gut and ultimately the inflammation connection.
  1. Trans Fat
  2. Alcohol
  3. Gluten
  4. Soy
  5. Refined Sugars