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  1. The Unlikely Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Disorders

    The Unlikely Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Disorders

    Could mental disorders like dementia be connected to gut bacteria? This seemingly unlikely correlation may not be so far-fetched: New research suggests that an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria could be one of the possible causes of dementia, a mental condition that primarily affects the elderly. Gut Bacteria and Dementia Defined The gut's microbiome is made up of trillions of...
  2. Optimism Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    Optimism Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    If you don't have diabetes, you likely know someone who does have it -- and you may even be at risk of developing the condition later in life. This is because diabetes is serious health concern that has become more common with the passage of time. When the Center for Disease Control started tracking the illness in 1958, they found...
  3. Effects of Depression and Anxiety on Physical Health

    Effects of Depression and Anxiety on Physical Health

    Millions of people deal with mental concerns such as depression and anxiety on a daily basis. A great deal of the research on these illnesses have focused on their effects on mental health and lifestyle. According to experts, they also can have a dramatic effect on physical health. In fact, the physical effects of depression and anxiety can be as...
  4. 7 Ways to Successfully Navigate Holiday Stress

    7 Ways to Successfully Navigate Holiday Stress

    The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, happiness and goodwill. However, the often unrealistic demands that accompany it can make it tough to keep the holiday spirit alive, fostering stress -- and even depression -- instead. Holiday stress can become overwhelming; when you feel it creeping in, it's a good idea to stop, regroup and reset...
  5. Tryptophan and Sleep: Does Eating Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

    Tryptophan and Sleep: Does Eating Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

    Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks, of family and, most of all, of tradition. Although every American family has a unique way of celebrating this fall festival, most traditions have two things in common: turkey and rest. This has led to a widespread belief that turkey, or more precisely, tryptophan, an amino acid that turkey contains in large proportions...
  6. Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Confused about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they work together? Here, we will take a brief look at what probiotics and prebiotics are, break down the differences between these important digestive helpers and learn how increasing the prebiotics in your diet not only improves digestion but also supports immune function, promotes sleep, lowers stress and provides many...
  7. Study Investigates Using Unique Formulation of 5-HTP and Tryptophan for Depression

    Study Investigates Using Unique Formulation of 5-HTP and Tryptophan for Depression

    Treating depression is one of the biggest challenges facing the field of modern primary care. Although we have treatments that can help, a cure remains elusive for millions of people suffering from this health disorder. According to new research on 5-HTP and tryptophan for depression, a unique formulation combining fast-release 5-HTP and timed-release L-tryptophan may help more people to get...
  8. Researchers Discover a Novel and Effective Treatment for Burnout Syndrome

    Researchers Discover a Novel and Effective Treatment for Burnout Syndrome

    While amazingly resilient to the effects of short-term stress, the human body simply can’t endure the constant assault produced by chronic stress for long periods of time. Long-term, unresolvable stress, whether it be job-related or otherwise, can eventually produce feelings of exhaustion, listlessness, inability to cope and even depression -- a condition dubbed "burnout" in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert...
  9. Mood-Boosting Neurotransmitter Serotonin Enhances Learning Speed

    Mood-Boosting Neurotransmitter Serotonin Enhances Learning Speed

    According to new data from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) and University College London (UCL), the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a vital role in the learning process, helping to speed learning. Researchers believe this explains why selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants are more effective when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Their findings were recently published in the...
  10. Can Probiotics Protect Against Stress?

    Can Probiotics Protect Against Stress?

    A new study adds to growing evidence confirming that probiotics can protect against stress. Researchers are studying the application of a type of good bacteria that, if successful in human trials, may result in a probiotic-based immunization to battle mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. The Complex Link Between Gut Health and Mental Health Over time...

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