Nutritional Psychology and Its Impact on Emergency Responders

This article takes recent studies and applies them to EMS and our culture. It utilizes multiple references citing the biological mechanism through meta-analysis and observational studies completed in the past few years, including a study that illustrated a lower risk of depression when a Mediterranean diet was followed. What Is Nutritional Psychology? Nutritional psychology is a new field emerging in the scientific community; a field that studies the effects of nutrition on the brain. Until recently, studies conducted in the field of nutritional psychology haven’t received much attention due to their lack of statistical significance in their data. However, a recent study showed that a Mediterranean diet compared to that of a western diet can lower the risk of depression, showing a correlation between nutrition and mental health.1 This is an important finding because of the potential that this has for reducing stress and depression in emergency responders. Zeroing in on the Body’s Bacteria We all have bacteria living in our stomach that are sensitive to the foods we eat. When we ingest foods that promote growth of these bacteria into our stomach, our digestive system is able to produce the molecules we need for our body. When we don’t take care of our body’s microbiota, we have a decline in many of the molecules our bodies need. What’s important for responders to recognize is that, many of the molecules that are produced in the gastrointestinal (G...
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