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Associate Professor Felice Jacka, principal research fellow at Deakin University, says many studies worldwide have shown that there's a link between diet and mental health.

But this research is still in early stages, so we don't know unequivocally if unhealthy foods actually cause illnesses such as depression. What's not clear is whether your diet affects your mental health or if it's your mental health that affects your food choices. Or it could be that each of these contributes. In particular, research suggests depression and dementia are affected by the quality of our diets across the life span.

She points to research from Japan that found a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, potatoes, soy products, mushrooms, seaweed and fish was associated with a decreased risk of suicide, while a study on men found a high-fat, junk-food diet can within a week impact spatial memory , which is associated with dementia.

Jacka's own research has found links between diet quality and mental health in adolescents , and in middle-aged women. Most recently she looked at pregnant women and found those who ate processed foods during pregnancy had children who were more likely to be angry, throw tantrums and have other behavioural problems , which she says are markers of mental health issues.

What's less clear is whether specific nutrients may play a role in your mental health; although there's evidence to show the following may play a role. Your brain and central nervous system are made up of about 60 per cent fat, in particular the omega-3s, which are found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines.

These play a crucial role in healthy brain function and research has shown people with depression have lower levels of some omega-3s in certain parts of their brain. Omega-3s have been found to help reduce inflammation in the body and brain, which is caused by a poor diet, stress, smoking, lack of vitamin D, obesity and physical inactivity. In some people, inflammation can be a contributing factor to an increased risk of mental illness, explains Professor Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University.

That's associated with changes in the brain, such as reductions in the chemicals that make brains cells grow and thrive. But Berk stresses we shouldn't single out specific nutrients and other components of food as cure-alls for illness, because there are many others we need just as much in order to be healthy. He also points out there are many risk factors that cause mental illness, including many we have no control over, such as genetics, childhood trauma and socio-economic standing.

The episode may last seconds or days and may recur. Generally, see your doctor if you experience any recurrent, sudden, severe, or prolonged and unexplained dizziness or vertigo.

Get emergency medical care if you experience new, severe dizziness or vertigo along with any of the following:. Loop-shaped canals in your inner ear contain fluid and fine, hairlike sensors that help you keep your balance.

At the base of the canals are the utricle and saccule, each containing a patch of sensory hair cells.

Within these cells are tiny particles otoconia that help monitor the position of your head in relation to gravity and linear motion, such as going up and down in an elevator or moving forward and backward in a car. Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner ear disturbance, motion sickness and medication effects. Sometimes it's caused by an underlying health condition, such as poor circulation, infection or injury. The way dizziness makes you feel and your triggers provide clues for possible causes.

How long the dizziness lasts and any other symptoms you have also help pinpoint the cause. Your sense of balance depends on the combined input from the various parts of your sensory system. Vertigo is the false sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving. With inner ear disorders, your brain receives signals from the inner ear that aren't consistent with what your eyes and sensory nerves are receiving.

Vertigo is what results as your brain works to sort out the confusion. You may feel dizzy, faint or off balance if your heart isn't pumping enough blood to your brain. Dizziness can increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself. Experiencing dizziness while driving a car or operating heavy machinery can increase the likelihood of an accident. You may also experience long-term consequences if an existing health condition that may be causing your dizziness goes untreated.

Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission. This content does not have an English version. This content does not have an Arabic version. Overview Dizziness is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady. Request an Appointment at Mayo Clinic. Inner ear and balance Loop-shaped canals in your inner ear contain fluid and fine, hairlike sensors that help you keep your balance.

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