Tag: mental health

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

A report in Science Daily entitled “Autism symptoms improve after fecal transplant, small study finds” caught my eye immediately. You see, in one of the episodes of my recent PBS special, Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson, I interviewed a woman who had undergone fecal transplant with great success. She had been extremely ill with recurrent C. difficile bacterial infections…

Nutrition is Essential for Good Mental Health

Proper diet and nutrition provide the building blocks for optimal health. This is also true for mental health. In a recent paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry Today, researchers stated that, as with other medical conditions, the field of psychiatry and public health should recognize and embrace diet and nutrition as important contributors to mental health. “While the determinants of…

Fish Intake Linked to Better Antidepressant Response

The mental health benefits of high fish intake are well known, particularly when it comes to fatty fish high in the omega-3s EPA and DHA. For this reason, some researchers have investigated the effects of fish and fish oil intake on mental health conditions, including depression. The main medication to treat depression—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—does not work in about…

Mental Illness Is Not All in Your Head

Mental illness is often thought to be isolated in the brain, separated from the rest of the body by the blood brain barrier and not at all related to other physiological occurrences elsewhere in the body. This notion is falling by the wayside, however, as study after study links mental illnesses with biological manifestations throughout the body. A recent study…

Moderate Exercise Prevents Depression

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 10 US adults report being depressed. The most common treatments for depression include medication and therapy, although exercise has also been found to be a helpful treatment. Taking this concept one step further, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers reviewed 30 studies on the effects of moderate exercise…

Don’t Dwell on It

Just as it is important to attain—and maintain—physical health, we also need to work on our mental health. After all, each is related to the other. When one is out of balance, the other is affected. Just think about what happens when you are not well—it affects your emotions and thought processes, right? Well the same thing happens when you…

Successful Aging

As we get older it seems that staying healthy gets much more difficult. It’s harder to maintain a healthy weight. All forms of exercise seem more troublesome than they once were. And new health conditions seem to appear as the years add up. With so many people chasing the fountain of youth, it’s a hot area for research too. There…

Green Your Surroundings for Health

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Many studies have pointed out the health benefits of spending time outdoors. According to University of…