5 foods that can impact your mental health

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Eating healthy foods and having a balanced diet is not only good for your waistline, it can also have an impact on your mental health.

The Risk Index for Depression (RID) developed by Swinburne University of Technology lecturer Dr Joanna Dipnall, the first of its kind, reveals what factors are more likely to make an individual depressed.

Dipnall says the RID will help clinicians and sufferers to identify the early signs of depression.

The research found that the risk of depression is most closely linked to our diet, followed by physiological factors, and lifestyle patterns such as sleep and exercise.

Dipnall says that a fibre rich diet, closely linked to gut health, is the key to a healthy mind.

Here are the three foods that have been scientifically proven by the RID to reduce the risk of depression:

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  • Leafy greens
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains

There are also types of food that can increase the chance of developing depression.

They are:

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  • Processed foods — like frozen meals, bacon, and tofu
  • High-fat dairy

If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, support is available by calling beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

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