The ‘Smiles trial’ – Proof That Diet Improves Depression

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Did you know that diet has a powerful effect for improving Depression??

The SMILES trial is proof that diet improves depression. This was tested in a randomized controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression.

The main focus was on aspects of the Mediterranean diet: Lots of fruits and vegetables, wholegrain carbohydrates, and olive oil – With reductions in sweets, refined cereals, fried food, fast food, processed meats, and sugary drinks. This is in line with the British Dietetic Association’s EatWellGuide. The study did not focus on weight loss but rather the consume the diet ad libitum.

There are lots of Mediterranean diet recipes to try online. Even making a simple change to having 1 extra vegetable to your meal a day makes a difference! ?

If you get out of your crippling depression and out of bed. The next step starts here: Healthy eating for your depression. Go here to find out what foods you should eat to improve your depression

Make sure to follow me @TheDieteticHeart for more diet and depression tips!

Reference: Jacka, F.N., O’Neil, A., Opie, R., Itsiopoulos, C., Cotton, S., Mohebbi, M., Castle, D., Dash, S., Mihalopoulos, C., Chatterton, M.L. and Brazionis, L., 2017. A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’trial). BMC medicine, 15(1), pp.1-13.

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