Tag: nutrition

Nutrition Is the Foundation of Resilience

Recent studies show that we are not consuming as healthy a diet as our ancestors did. Would that matter to our brain health? Yes!

Is Your Brain Adequately Nourished to Cope With COVID-19 Stress?

Mental health resilience is a function of a well-nourished brain. Even in our developed, western society, our brains are only marginally nourished, contributing to the epidemic of mental illness visible even before COVID-19 arrived on the scene.

Study Explores Connections Between Diet and ‚ÄėSerious Mental Illnesses‚Äô

Study finds that individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression have diets that are more inflammatory and higher in calories.

Healthy Planet/Healthy Mind with Zach Bush, MD

Business as usual ‚ÄĒ big farming, big pharma and conventional healthcare ‚ÄĒ is threatening our planet and our very ability to survive as a species. Planetary and human health are at a tipping point. Solutions informed by the science of environmental health, epigenetics and the microbiome, are elegantly simple, but their impact is profound.

Why Scientists Should Reconsider Presenting with TED

How many other scientists like me are going to be flagged, publicly reprimanded by TED, for challenging current ways of thinking? Is it even possible to be innovative and follow conventional thinking at the same time? If there are scientists out there with great new ideas, the TED stage may not be the optimal place to state them.

Bringing Meals to People May Reduce Healthcare Costs

From The Los Angeles Times: A recent study found that regularly delivering meals to people with food insecurity can prevent health crises and drive down...

Why Nutritional Psychiatry is the Future of Mental Health

From The Independent: The role that nutrition can play in improving our mental health is often overlooked. Research suggests that we should devote more resources to dietary...

The Foods That Can Help and Harm Your Brain

From The Guardian: Nutrition can have a major impact on the health of our brains, including our risk for dementia and cognitive decline. Here is...

Beyond the Medicalization of Insomnia

There is hope that the truth about sleeping pills will become more commonplace. As it does, however, we are faced with an even greater challenge: to move beyond the medicalization of insomnia in order to help people sleep better naturally. The alternative paradigm I suggest is that nutrition is a primary cure for insomnia.

What National Health Surveys Tell Us About Nutrition and Mental Health

We have been interested in the broad public health implications of nutrition, such as the findings from national health population surveys. What conclusion can be drawn from these studies? Improving people’s diets may protect them from experiencing poor mental health. 

Mediterranean Diet Improves Mental Health, Study Finds

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish has repeatedly been found to improve mental health.

Critical Influence of Nutrition on Psychosocial Wellbeing in Childhood

The bidirectional relationship between diet and nutrition and social, emotional, and educational factors among European youth.

How Avocados and Nuts Could Boost Intelligence

From Medical News Today: A new study suggests that higher levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in the bloodstream are correlated with greater general intelligence in...

New Nutrition Study Changes Nothing

From The Atlantic: The science of nutrition and healthy eating is not complicated and has remained relatively consistent for the past several years. However, the...

Why We Fell for Clean Eating

From The Guardian: Not only is the clean eating movement based on pseudoscientific beliefs not backed up by evidence, but it may also lead to...

Study Explores Correlates of Low-Level Physical Activity and Psychosis

A study examines the variables correlated with low levels of physical activity in persons diagnosed with psychosis in low and middle-income countries

Parents Tinker With Diet to Treat ADHD

From STAT: Concerned about the potential adverse effects of ADHD medications, some parents are addressing their children's ADHD through nutrition-based approaches. Article →­

Finding the Way to Mental Health

I love counseling, and helping people deal with their emotional and relational problems. But in addition, I encourage anyone suffering from mental issues to consider that nutritional issues are also involved in their distress.

A Healthier Diet Reduces Depressive Symptoms

The ‚ÄúMediterranean diet‚ÄĚ has been associated with reduced risk of depressive symptoms, and a new study demonstrates that dietary changes may be an effective treatment intervention.

Baycrest Creates First Canadian Brain Health Food Guide

From Medical Xpress: Baycrest scientists have developed the first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, which provides older adults with guidelines and advice on maintaining a healthy...

B Vitamins Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

From Hindustan Times: Treatments using high-dose B-vitamins, including B6, B8, and B12, can considerably reduce symptoms of schizophrenia. Article →­

‚ÄúStudy Links Nutrition to Brain Health and Intelligence in Older Adults‚ÄĚ

A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of "crystallized intelligence," the ability to use...

Have You Ever Wondered Why Labels on Supplements are so Vague?

If it wasn‚Äôt evident before, these newer regulations make it crystal clear that prescription drugs have a monopoly over the terms ‚Äúmedicine‚ÄĚ and ‚Äútherapeutic benefit,‚ÄĚ and that it is very difficult for anything that isn‚Äôt a Big Pharma drug to make a therapeutic claim.

An Important Documentary: Letters from Generation Rx

Letters from Generation Rx is the second documentary from international award-winning filmmaker Kevin P. Miller about the challenges of treating mental health symptoms with psychotropic drugs. We are grateful that Miller interviewed both of us for Letters ‚ÄĒ and his film highlights the struggle we‚Äôve faced in bringing our research on nutrition and mental illness to the world. But make no mistake, the ‚Äústars‚ÄĚ of Miller‚Äôs documentary are the everyday people who bravely share their personal sagas for all to see. Their stories will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Emphasis on Nutrition Needed to Reform Mental Health Treatments

Even thought current mental health treatments are ‚Äúsuboptimal,‚ÄĚ there is a lack of attention paid to the preventative effects of diet and nutrition. Recent studies suggests that nutritional changes can influence the risk for mental health issues and that nutritional supplements, called nutraceuticals, can be prescribed for existing conditions.