Thursday 25th May 2017

By Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Approximately one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year in England.

As part of our fight against this, we have a very much underutilised tool – food.

In BBC One’s Doctor in the House, I try to help 34-year-old Emma Gleeson, who has been experiencing anxiety, depression and panic attacks for many years. Emma has tried various medications and counselling therapies but was still struggling and getting three to four panic attacks per day.

One of the ways in which I helped her was by changing her food choices.

Despite being sceptical at first, I was able to show Emma the hidden power of food in helping her mental state.

“I had been living on a diet of takeaways, fizzy drinks and general processed and convenience foods for as long as I can remember, and didn’t for one moment think that what I ate was contributing in any way to the anxiety and panic attacks I’d been experiencing for years,” she said.

“I feel so much better and intend to keep this up.”

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