Women’s mental health is closely related to nutritional factors
Eating habits and exercise behavior greatly influence mental health, but this effect appears to differ greatly in men and women. A recent study found that women’s mental health is more closely related to nutritional factors than men’s.
A research team from Binghamton University (USA) examined the relationships between diet, exercise and mental disorders in men and women and found surprising differences between the sexes. An unhealthy diet, for example, appears to affect the psyche significantly more than men. The results of the corresponding study were published in the specialized journal “Journal of Personal Medicine“.
Diet, exercise and psychology
In previous studies, Binghamton University’s Lena Begdash found evidence that good nutrition can improve mental health. In collaboration with Kara M. Patrici, she investigated the relationships between diet, exercise, and psychological well-being in men and women aged 30 or older.
Researchers analyzed consumption of specific food groups associated with mental disorders in men and women, as well as different dietary patterns related to frequency of physical activity and mental well-being.
Healthy nutrition strengthens the soul
“We found a general relationship between healthy eating, following healthy eating practices, exercise, and mental health,” says Lina Begdache. This supports the concept of modifying diet and lifestyle factors to improve mental health.
The mental health consequences of an unhealthy diet
Interestingly, the researchers also found “that with unhealthy eating patterns, the level of psychological stress was higher in women than in men, confirming that women are more susceptible to unhealthy diets than men.” men.
“Junk food, skipping breakfast, caffeine, and high glycemic (HG) foods are all linked to psychological stress in women,” Begdash says. Meanwhile, dark green leafy fruits and vegetables, for example, are associated with mental health.
movement with balancing effect
Another important finding of the study was that “exercise significantly reduces the negative association of high-glycemic foods and fast food with stress,” the study author continues. Research has provided important insights for adapting nutrition plans to enhance physical activity and improve mental well-being. (fp)
Author and source information
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- Lena Begdash, Kara M Patrici: Diet customization may enhance exercise and improve mental well-being in young adults: The role of exercise as a mediator; In: Journal of Personalized Medicine (veröffentlicht 19.05.2021), mdpi.com
- Binghamton University: Women’s mental health has a higher correlation with nutritional factors (veröffentlicht 09.06.2021), binghamton.edu
This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.