Is our Diet Feeding Mental Illness?

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Holy Hormones Journal – I have had the great privilege of interviewing Rucklidge on my radio show and have been following her work and research for years through Truehope – the leaders in brain health and now through QSciences and EMPowerplus Q96.

The question is simple – can we eat our way to happiness? The answer is even simpler. Yes.

We are live beings and in order to thrive we need live foods… processed or ‘dead’ foods will kill us.

That being said we have a serious issue in front of us. You know it and I know it.. how many people do you know who are depressed, anxious, suicidal Рand even angry? And talk about road rage.  When the brain/body does not receive the micro-nutrients it needs to thrive Рit becomes depressed and we experience the emotion of that lack of optimal functioning.

In many cases – the brain/body will reach out for any substance or behavior that will satisfy its craving – and that is called nutrition. Give the body the micronutrients it needs and the craving goes away along with the addiction.

We can no longer afford to go down the anti-psychotic drug and processed food route and expect to be happy and healthy.

Sadly – we are at the tip of the iceberg on diet and mental illness… and that iceberg is melting fast.


Eating processed foods with little nutritional value may be making us mad as well as sick, new research shows.

New Zealand Herald
August 27, 2016

Canterbury University psychologist Julia Rucklidge says the decreasing nutritional value of our food may be contributing to an “epidemic” of mental illness, with one in every eight NZ adults now on anti-depressants.

Research has shown that eating more fresh foods consistent with a Mediterranean-style diet, and eating less Western foods, could reverse spiralling rates of conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression.

Eleven years ago, when Rucklidge started using vitamins and minerals to treat mental illness, she says people were “completely uninterested”.

“Many didn’t believe there was a possibility that nutrition can influence your mental health,” she said.

But she was in Auckland this week for her second workshop for professionals at Massey University’s Albany campus after a first workshop in June sold out, and she now gets so many inquiries about her work that she has had to set up a standard email reply.

Next week she will speak at three conferences in three days – dietitians on Thursday and psychologists on Friday, both in Wellington, and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association in Sydney on Saturday.

“Suddenly there is an insatiable demand from people to get this type of information,” she said.

Community mental health nurse Olivia Sheehan said she had always encouraged her clients to exercise and eat well rather than relying on medicines, but after attending Rucklidge’s workshop she would put much more stress on nutrition: “I actually hadn’t considered that aspect before but I certainly will in the future,” she said.

Dietitian Anna Sloan said Rucklidge’s research was proving the link that dietitians had always understood between diet and mental wellbeing.

“The more people can move away from processed foods, getting back to those whole grains, fruit and vegetables, small amounts of nuts and healthy oils, the better,” she said.

Rucklidge has conducted a randomised controlled trial of adults with ADHD which found that 64 per cent of those who received extra vitamins and minerals showed significantly fewer ADHD symptoms after eight weeks, compared with 37 per cent of those who received an inactive placebo.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.