It’s no shock that the food you consume has a direct correlation to your health – duh, this is common knowledge. Generally, those who choose to eat poorly will have poor health unless they can make up for it by exercising a lot, but even then, your diet is everything. Not only is your diet key to a health physique, but recent studies have shown that your diet is also key to a strong mental health as well. This gives the term “food for thought” some content now!
When you take a look at mental disorders like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and even depression, you often think that these come randomly and can happen to anybody or they are a result of past experiences. While this all may be true, there is a dietary explanation as well. For one, studies have shown that the majority of those who suffer from mental disorders all suffer from a malnourished diet – generally a deficiency in Omega-3. Omega-3 (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid commonly found in cold-water fish like cod, salmon, and herring. Omega-3 is referred to as one of the most important parts of optimal brain function because your brain contains such a high concentration of it. You can almost think of Omega-3 as the fuel that keeps your brain running smoothly.
Omega-3 is also very crucial in fetal development. Pregnant women for instance need to consume a lot of Omega-3 or else the fetus could potentially develop mental disorders inside the womb. It should also be no surprise that a lot of prescriptions that doctors give out contain high amounts of Omega-3. Doctors get paid nearly $190,000 a year on average, and often times see patients who have some sort of neurological issue. While the doctor will most likely refer the patient to a neurologist, who makes on average about $200,000 a year, chances are the neurologist will prescribe the same thing. In the medical field, where there are so many different moving parts, it is important that professionals communicate together with one another. Omega-3 seems to be a lacking ingredient in so many people’s diets, so hopefully whoever you see, whether it’s a doctor or someone else, can make sure you’re no going to be a victim of a mental complication.