Jodi Corbit, a 47-year-old mother from Catonsville, Maryland, had been battling depression for decades before adopting the Ketogenic diet in a bid to lose weight. To her surprise, she not only shifted several pounds, but also her lifelong depression.
‘It was like a veil lifted and I could see life more clearly,’ she explains. ‘It changed everything.’
Dr El-Mallakh, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville, believes there is a ‘strong link’ between Ketogenic eating and mental health. He authored a book on the subject, Bipolar Depression, and last year published two case studies to support his findings.
One 32-year-old woman from San Fransisco, suffering from bipolar, who declined to be named, tried the Atkins diet three years ago. ‘I noticed within a day or two the marked difference in my head,’ she recalls. ‘It felt clear for the first time in years and years.’
She contacted Dr El-Mallakh in an attempt to spread the word. ‘It surprised me how little information was out there, because for me it was life-changing,’ she said, adding that she had been symptom-free ever since adopting the diet.