OCD is a mental condition the same as depression and anxiety, and it is often linked to both of them.
The Relationship Between Diet and Mental Health
Recent evidence suggests that good nutrition is essential for our mental health and that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, NHS UK, the following mental health conditions could be caused by the lack of certain Vitamins:
Poor Memory: Vitamin B5, B6, B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids
Attention deficit: Magnesium, B-Complex Vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids, Zinc, Amino Acids, Vitamin D,
Confusion: Vitamin B12 and Zinc
Irritability: Vitamin B6 and Selenium.
Stress: Vitamin B6, B3, and Magnesium
Depression: Tryptophan and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- OCD or Pure O: B12
A US study published by the American Public Health Association in 2014 focused on searching the link between diet and mental health in children and teenagers concluded that: “Our findings highlight the potential importance of the relationship between dietary patterns or quality and mental health early in the life span. Prospective and intervention studies are now required to improve the level of evidence. Given that the average age of onset for anxiety and mood disorders is 6 years and 13 years, respectively, the potential for early intervention using strategies targeted at improving dietary intake at a population level may be of substantial public health benefit.”
True Reasons Behind a Poor Diet
One Deficiency Can Lead to Many
The fundamental aspect of nutrients and their relationships with our bodies are that they act synergistically. This means they don’t work separate from each other, thus they can be cofactors. Absorbing the right nutrients is a very complex circular mechanism where ingesting certain nutrients well would depend on ingesting other nutrients. This could easily form a vicious circle of deficiencies if the lack in one single nutrient was not dealt with promptly and efficiently.
As an example, the lack of sodium intake will cause a Potassium deficiency, the same as the lack of copper will cause poor Zinc intake.
Our Gut Bacteria Decide How Much Nutrients are Absorbed
A study published by Washington School of Medicine concludes that regardless of the quality and quantity of our food, we need a healthy gut bacteria to absorb the much-needed nutrients. Therefore, a healthy digestive system is vital especially that it is also the home for the immune system, which is responsible for keeping diseases at bay.
Some LifeStyle Choices Can Affect Nutrients’ Absorption
1- Character and Spirituality
These can have an impact on wellbeing. Our thinking processes and the way we view other people and the world around us affect our state of being. Studies show that a materialistic, ambitious approach to life can lead to stress, fear and anxiety, which could inhibit the body’s absorption to good nutrients.
Pride can interfere with our will to forgive, and fuels emotions such as hate and resentment which could impact our bodies, and thus our mental health.
2- Discipline and Routine:
A disciplined life is a life that is based on a healthy routine that includes good active days and restful nights. A lack of routine in one’s lifestyle can lead to abnormalities in the body and brain chemistry resulting in all types of physical and mental conditions.
Moderate exercise and an active lifestyle throughout the day can help the body and the mind a great deal. Normal physical activities that involve medium to fast walking and other body movements increase the metabolism and blood flow, as well as help the body and mind to relax, preparing us for a good night sleep, all of which can help the body to absorb nutrients.
Needless to say that a bad diet based on fried food and high sugar intake can contribute to a reduction in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
5- Nicotine, Caffeine and Alcohol
These, as well as other recreational drugs, can impact the body a great deal and lead to all types of mental illnesses.