Metabolic psychiatry is a new and growing field exploring the overlap of mental illness, brain health and metabolic function. Traditional psychiatry often overlooks metabolic factors, such as insulin resistance, inflammation, oxidative stress and obesity, when treating mental illness. However, many psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, can stem from underlying metabolic dysfunction.
A ketogenic diet (low carb) is often recommended as one metabolic treatment approach for improving mental health. By introducing real, wholesome foods and avoiding sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates, we can eliminate symptoms, improve brain function, and enhance overall wellness. Research suggests that a ketogenic diet has the potential to improve symptoms for those with schizophrenia, neurodegeneration, mood disorders and more.