Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing

The role of nutrition and and gut health is now established as an essential consideration for people seeking to improve their mental well being.

To help you on this journey here are some ideas and terms to think about: gut health, microbiome, microbiota, nutrients, nutraceuticals, diet (but I don’t like this word too much – I prefer the term food).

Sometimes all this information can be overwhelming. Take your new found information to a practitioner who works specifically with the gut/brain connection like a Naturopath or Integrative Doctor.

Have a look at the websites, youtube presentations and radio shows below which will help you think about the changes you can make for better emotional and mental wellbeing. Click on the blue headings or youtube clip to go to the resource:


Bio-Balance’s primary aim is to make available in Australia information on the use of a comprehensive biochemical assessment and advanced complementary nutritional treatment of a range of disorders such as behavioural disorders, ADD, ADHD, learning disorders and Autism as well as mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Food and Mood Centre

A great site if you want to know the research! – The media section in this site is very good for further information: Since 2009, our team, and others, have led many observational studies, across countries, cultures and age groups, showing that diet matters to depression. Better quality diets are consistently associated with reduced depression risk, while unhealthy dietary patterns – higher in processed foods – are associated with increased depression and often anxiety. 

Kelly Brogan

Specif to women’s mental well-being: Join the revolution and discover how food can heal your mood and change your life.

David Perlmutta

A fantastic website that shows the groundbreaking work of David Perlmutta. Great information on how to address mental health issues through food and nutrition. Explore the website for specific food and nutrition tips.

Felice Jacka

This page comes with a manageable list of nutrients to consider. A great summary at the end of four simple food rules: Associate Professor Felice Jacka, principal research fellow at Deakin University, says many studies worldwide have shown that there’s a link between food consumption and mental health. 

How the food you eat affects your brain

A very nice presentation that lets you know how significant food is to the function of our brains. Worth your time.

Diet and Mental Health

The Food Mood Connection

Some great radio shows to listen to. A good way to take in information on the subject rather than reading! A good diet reduces your risk of depression and boosts your brain power. Diet can make a real difference to your mental health and be an effective complement to drug treatment to reduce symptoms.

The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health

For those of you out there that like some research to back up the things you are trying out!

Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind

Here’s an example of many good articles that set you on the road to better mental health through food and nutrient considerations: You’ve probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat,” but what exactly does that mean? Put simply, food is fuel, and the kinds of foods and drinks you consume determine the types of nutrients in your system and impact how well your mind and body are able to function…………if you like to google take yourself on your own journey of discovery with key words like: mental well being (or replace with a mental health condition thats relevant to you) and food, diet, nutrients, and/or gut health.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind: 5 Foods to Improve Mental Health

Here’s another good article about simple measures to take to address mental well-being through food: You’ve heard of eating well to improve heart health and reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers, but what about taking care of your mind? A few simple dietary changes may boost cognitive function and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Brain food: What you eat could help manage depression and anxiety

Nutritional Psychiatry: Your brain on food

And a few more great articles with a very straightforward guide to eating for mental well-being.