Diet, the gut microbiome and mental health

Expert/s: Amy Loughman

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In this episode:

  • What we eat affects our mental health, especially depression and this extends to prenatal diet
  • Some evidence exists that certain microbiome patterns in infancy can lead to persisting behavioural problems for years
  • Eating, sleeping, and exercising well are simple ways to start
  • Aiming for a Mediterranean diet or the Australian Dietary Guidelines is a simple piece of advice that can reduce risk of mental disorders
  • There is emerging evidence suggesting that the oral microbiome may play a role in influencing cardiovascular health and even dementia


Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator
Total time: 24 mins
Guest: Amy Loughman, Senior Research Fellow; Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre

Last Updated: 28 Jun, 2021

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