Psychosis is a serious mental condition which is usually treated with antipsychotics. However, these drugs have adverse side-effects which make them unsuitable for use. Luckily, there is something that can help – according to scientists, treating psychosis and other mental problems might be as simple as changing your diet.
More often than not, antipsychotics don’t work on schizophrenics at all, or bring short-term relief only. Furthermore, these drugs have numerous adverse side-effects and can harm your health beyond repair. However, a simple dietary change can indeed treat these serious mental problems.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental condition and one of the leading mental disorders in the USA. Schizophrenics needs to live with psychosis their whole life, while also dealing with severe mood changes as well. According to Ede from Psychology Today, psychosis can cause paranoia, auditory and visual hallucinations, intrusive imagery, disorganized thinking, irritability, anxiety, rage, suicidal tendencies and severe mood swings.
Recently, Dr. Chris Palmer from Harvard University presented two cases at a conference in Florida. The first was of a patient who has undergone several treatments including antipsychotics in 8 years and her condition only got worse. The woman then decided to put herself on a keto diet, and the results have been stunning! After a month, she was free of illusions and started losing weight. In 4 months, she managed to lose 30 pounds, and her score on the PANNS (Positive and Negative Symptom Scale) test was significantly improved.
The second case was of a 33-year old man diagnosed with schizophrenia 14 years ago, who tried to resolve the problem with nearly 20 medications, but had no success. The man weighed 322 pounds, so he started a keto diet in order to lose some weight. Little did he know that this diet will also relieve his mental problems.
In only 3 weeks, the man’s hallucinations significantly reduced, and his mood and energy levels were much improved. His PANNS score improved as well, and his doctors told him he can live a normal life again. At the moment, the patient is far better, and has even started taking online college courses. Both patients got off their diet at one point, but as their symptoms worsened, they got back on it again and are leading a normal and happy life.
What is a keto diet?
Ketogenic diets have been around for quite a while. They work by reducing the sugar and carb intake of the patient while increasing the intake of healthy fats found in avocados and other foods. Ede says that this diet is meant to regulate glucose levels, and works by shifting our metabolism from burning simple sugar and carbs to burning fat instead. The healthy fats are broken down to ketones in the body, powerful compounds which burn better than glucose, effectively leading to less inflammation and oxidative damage to the body and brain.
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