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25 March 2014 - Examiner - Ketogenic diet fights depression and bipolar disorder and aids weight loss

Samantha Chang

The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet is known for promoting rapid weight loss, but psychiatrists say it can combat depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. El-Mallakh, author of Bipolar Depression, said several of his patients suffering from bipolar disorder found relief by following the ketogenic diet.

While El-Mallakh and other psychiatrists are reticent to say diet therapy alone can combat depression or bipolar disorder, they're convinced diet definitely impacts mood.

“Research studying the link between mental health and diet is a very new field,” said Michael Berk, a professor of psychiatry at the Deakin University School of Medicine in Australia. “But the results are unusually consistent, and they show a link between diet quality and mental health.”

By drastically reducing carbs in our diet and replacing them with healthy, unprocessed fats, we enjoy better mood, experience more stable blood sugar, and experience rapid weight loss, and ward off degenerative illnesses.