With bipolar disorder, maintaining healthy eating habits and a healthy weight can be more complicated than it is for those who aren’t living with a mental health condition. There may be a genetic link between bipolar disorder and overeating that’s out of your control. Your medication may be messing with your metabolism and causing weight gain. And, at times, you just might not be able to stay focused on your eating habits and the effects they have on your physical health. Being overweight can also have psychological consequences, such as diminishing your self-esteem and your ability to engage in social interactions. The following steps can help you follow a more nutritious bipolar-friendly diet, manage your weight, and boost your overall health and well-being.

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Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods

These may reduce symptoms and improve your response to treatment. One preliminary study found that patients with bipolar disorder who eat a higher quality diet abundant in anti-inflammatory foods (including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and seafood) respond better to supplemental treatments than those who eat a diet that is high in sugar, unhealthy unsaturated fats, and highly processed foods, that promotes inflammation.

Other studies report increasing evidence that a poor diet worsens mood disorders like depression, while a healthier diet that fights inflammation, such as a Mediterranean-style diet, reduces the incidence of depression.

Updated: Apr 1, 2021
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