Mental health issues are a huge concern in today’s world that affect a worrying amount of us across the globe.
Neuropsychiatric disorders are responsible for 13% of the world’s disease according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mental Health Foundation claims depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide with 40 million years of disability among 20-29 year olds due to behavioral issues such as anxiety and depression.
Despite such far-reaching and shocking effects, WHO report truly inadequate rates of dedicated practitioners and facilities. With these findings in mind, it can be very useful to understand how such problems may occur.
Inflammation can alter the immune system housed in our which in turn affects the gut to brain axis and consequently leads to symptoms such as depression. These findings suggest reducing inflammation may be vital for reducing mental health problems.
Kelly Brogan MD suggests the 2 largest culprits for mental health for these reasons are dairy and grains. Inflammation is caused by immune activating and inflammatory gluten and casein proteins found within these otherwise dead, processed, homogenized, pasteurized, denatured and modified products.
These proteins lead to intestinal changes and both localized and systemic inflammation. This allows gut content such as gut bacteria the access to our bloodstream resulting in mental health conditions.
Studies show gluten may cause anxiety and depression in between 21 and 27% of people. Links between celiac disease and schizophrenia further display the relationship between the immune system and mental conditions. People with immune reactions have also been shown to be over 4 times more likely to develop schizophrenia according to a study.
While inflammatory aggravation varies among individuals, the molecular likeness of casein and gluten is likely the reason for negative immune responses and even prevent vital nutrients from accessing the brain.
Multiple trials are showing positive results for gluten and dairy free diets as means to prevent and even reverse mental health issues. However, the volume of research is minimal at present and doesn’t do justice to the potential of a gluten and dairy free diet and for this reason, Kelly Brogan MD suggests everyone to trial this diet for at least a month in order to thrive. She recommends eliminating dairy and moving towards gluten-free grains such as rice and millet.
If you have any forms of mental illness and disorder or feel your mind isn’t functioning optimally then head to Kelly Brogan MD’s page on the benefits of a gluten and dairy free diet and consider adopting this diet if you are looking for a safe, drug-free solution.
By Inago O.