Supporting Maternal and Child Mental Health Through Dietary Changes Focused on the Gut Microbiota

Dawson, Samantha L., Finlay-Jones, Amy, Ball, Lauren, Rocks, Tetyana, and Jacka, Felice (2022) Supporting Maternal and Child Mental Health Through Dietary Changes Focused on the Gut Microbiota. Psychiatric Annals, 52 (2). pp. 51-55.

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Growing evidence from preclinical studies, epidemiology, and randomized controlled trials supports a causal role for diet quality in mental disorder risk, and clinical psychiatric guidelines now place diet, along with other lifestyle behaviors, as foundational treatment targets for mood disorders. Diet quality in the perinatal period is related to both mothers' mental health and children's emotional and neurodevelopment outcomes. The human gut microbiota composition is influenced by diet, and emerging evidence suggests that disturbances in gut microbiota, at least in part, mediate these relationships. Thus, optimizing maternal diet should be prioritized as part of a multidisciplinary approach for promoting physical and mental health in mothers and their off spring. This paper addresses the current evidence base and discusses its application in perinatal health care.

Item ID: 76530
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 0048-5713
Copyright Information: Copyright 2022, SLACK Incorporated.
Date Deposited: 23 May 2023 01:53
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 100%
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