Absolutely, nutrition can have a profound impact on mental health. As I discussed with Dr. Chris Palmer on the Huberman Lab Podcast, there's a close interaction between what we eat and how we feel, both physically and mentally. This interaction isn't just immediate, like feeling good after eating a delicious meal. It's also long-term, meaning what we ate yesterday, last week, or even ten years ago could be impacting our mental health today.
Dr. Palmer shared his personal experience of improving his mental health and overall well-being through dietary changes. He also observed a powerful antidepressant effect in some of his patients with treatment-resistant mental disorders who adopted certain dietary changes. However, it's important to note that while nutrition can be a major tool in managing mental health, it's not a standalone solution and should be considered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.