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Allergies Linked to Anxiety!

Allergies Linked to Anxiety!

Spring is finally here. Certainly, a huge number of us, especially in the northern states are breathing a huge sigh of relief. However, with the advent of spring for many, breathing becomes an issue all by itself. Those dreaded allergies. Besides the common symptoms of sneezing and nasal congestion, even possible skin irritations that are experienced, new research points to…

Prebiotics Alter Microbiota and Modify Brain Chemistry—More Gut-Brain Connection Evidence

Prebiotics are soluble fibers that feed beneficial bacteria and lead to an increase in those bacteria along with a decrease in potentially harmful bacteria. Prebiotics can be found in food, certain fiber supplements, and in prebiotic supplements (which are fiber supplements, by nature, although may not be labeled as such). A recent study published in the journal Neurochemistry International found…

The Gut-Brain Connection of Depression to C. difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile infection is linked to 14,000 deaths each year in the United States and continues to increase each year.1 Antibiotic use is the major cause of C. diff infection, but other medications are known to increase risk, including proton-pump inhibitors and h-2 blockers, which are both stomach acid-blocking medications. Another class of drugs that is coming to light as…

The Gut-Brain, Gut-Immune Connection to Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition often considered difficult to understand. The main characteristic of CFS is persistent and relapsing fatigue, usually worsened by physical and mental exertion. It also involves neuropsychological symptoms including loss of memory or concentration, headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. Of these symptoms, depression and anxiety are the most common with about half of…

Exercise Prevents Emotional Stress

Moderate exercise helps people deal with emotional stress for a period of time after exercising, according to a recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. This study takes what we know about the positive mood effects of exercise even further. Not only does exercise make you feel good, but it even helps you allay…

DHA Linked to ADHD Improvements

ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in children. It is believed to affect up to 1 in 20 children in the United States. A recent study published in the journal Nutrition found that in children supplemented with omega-3 EPA and DHA, those with the highest levels of DHA detected in red blood cell membrane tests…

Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis

  The gut-brain axis involves the connection of the gut to the brain. This connection goes in both directions—from the brain to the gut and from the gut to the brain. In one way, the gut-brain axis is connected by the vagus nerve—a large nerve connecting the brain to the intestines and other organs. The vagus nerve both sends messages…