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In a recent study published in the journal Nutrition, researchers at Northumbria University, UK, explored the association between adherence to a ketogenic diet and various aspects of mental health, such as calmness, contentedness, alertness, and emotional well-being, in the general healthy population.

The ketogenic diet, high in fats and low in carbohydrates, shifts metabolism from glycolysis to fatty acid oxidation, providing alternative energy substrates for the body and brain. Historically used to treat epilepsy and explored in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions, its effects on the general population are less studied. Further research is needed to clearly understand the long-term psychological impacts of the ketogenic diet across diverse populations and conditions.

A recent study has found that the ketogenic diet, widely known for its benefits in weight loss and diabetes management, also has a positive impact on mental health. The study reveals that individuals following a ketogenic diet experience reduced stress levels and improved mood. This diet, which is high in fats and low in carbohydrates, appears to influence brain function and mood regulation through its effects on metabolic processes and neurotransmitter activity.

The researchers noted that the ketogenic diet enhances the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that plays a critical role in calming the brain and reducing anxiety. Additionally, the diet’s anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to stabilize blood sugar levels contribute to its mental health benefits. Participants in the study reported feeling less anxious, more focused, and generally happier.

This emerging evidence suggests that dietary interventions, such as the ketogenic diet, could be a valuable tool in the management of mental health conditions, offering a complementary approach to traditional therapies. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these effects, the findings provide a promising avenue for enhancing mental well-being through nutrition.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, consider seeking professional help. Call at 855-339-1112 for support and guidance in finding the right treatment options. Your mental health is important, and help is available.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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