22 July 2021

Diet, the gut microbiome and mental health

Clinical Diet Mental Health

Dr David Lim and Amy Loughman discuss the effect of what we eat on how we feel.

Description:

  • What we eat affects our mental health, especially depression and this extends to prenatal diet
  • Some evidence exists that certain microbiome patterns in infancy can lead to persisting behavioural problems for years
  • Eating, sleeping, and exercising well are simple ways to start
  • Aiming for a Mediterranean diet or the Australian Dietary Guidelines is a simple piece of advice that can reduce risk of mental disorders
  • There is emerging evidence suggesting that the oral microbiome may play a role in influencing cardiovascular health and even dementia

Host: Dr David Lim, GP and medical educator

Guest: Amy Loughman, senior research fellow; Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre

Total time: 24 mins

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