Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Get into probiotics – good gut bugs that improve our mental and physical health

How important are probiotics — “good” (beneficial) bacteria and other microorganisms? According to Dr. Mercola: “The research into probiotics indicates that supplementing with probiotics is probably more important than taking a multi-vitamin and its true importance for your health is likely right up there with vitamin D.”

We all have trillions of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and other microorganisms (gut flora) in our guts. Gut flora is a mix of “bad” (harmful) and good microorganisms. When this mix is out of balance, with too many bad types, we get sick. Celeste Perron reports that Mark Hyman, M.D., founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, says: “If you have an autoimmune disorder, depression, allergies, or any number of other illnesses, the underlying cause may be an unhealthy balance of gut bugs.”

Dr. Mercola says: “The secret to improving your mood and brain health is in your gut, as unhealthy gut flora can impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety, depression, autism and more.”

Many people have gut flora that’s out of balance, so are ill as a result. These people could benefit from eating more foods that contain probiotics, taking a probiotic supplement and/or making healthy lifestyle changes so their good gut bugs can thrive.


Vitamin E – one of the best vitamins for brain and bedroom health

A field of sunflowers. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E.Decades of research shows that a lack of vitamin E can contribute to brain diseases. This essential vitamin helps reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, and helps stop blood vessels clogging, including those that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Vitamin E also helps stop the fat in our brains from going rancid, so we can think, focus and remember better. Our brains are mostly made of fat, and the quality of this fat is very important.

These are just a few reasons why I think vitamin E is one of the best brain vitamins – and I’m probably not alone. Best-selling author and researcher Jean Carper lists in her book, Your Miracle Brain, the names of a number of doctors around the world who research vitamin E and take it daily as a supplement, because they believe in the benefits of vitamin E for brain health.

As well as being known as a great brain vitamin, vitamin E has been referred to as the “sex vitamin”. Low levels can cause impotence, low sex drive and infertility. Boosting vitamin E to healthy levels can help treat these problems. So we can think of this vital nutrient as the “Brain and Bedroom Vitamin”.


Can vitamin C supplements boost mood, memory, intelligence and brain function?

Many fruit and veg are high in vitamin C“It’s smart to take vitamin C, and it may make you even smarter.” That’s the advice from Jean Carper, author of Your Miracle Brain. She outlines studies showing that vitamin C supplements can improve IQ, memory and other mental functions, especially in people with low levels of vitamin C. This isn’t surprising considering vitamin C is involved in making neurotransmitters – chemicals that affect our mind and mood.

Our bodies can’t make nor store vitamin C, so we must receive it every day through food and drinks and, if necessary, supplements. Getting the right amount of vitamin C is vital for good health because – as with all nutrients – having too much or too little can cause health problems.

Many people are at risk of having low levels of vitamin C, including smokers, people who eat few fruits and veggies, and women on the birth control pill. Are you receiving enough vitamin C for good health?


Vitamin D likely to help treat depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems

Our bodies make vitamin D after exposure to sunlightLow vitamin D has long been linked to depression. Experts now believe a lack of vitamin D might also contribute to other mental health problems such as personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.


Is milk causing autism, schizophrenia, heart disease and type 1 diabetes?

Cow in the mountains Is a common type of cow’s milk consumed by millions of people across the world causing serious physical and mental health problems? Agribusiness professor and farm-management consultant Dr. Keith Woodford believes so. In his book Devil in the Milk he describes research showing that a protein in milk from particular breeds of cows – called A1 cows – is causing schizophrenia, autism, inflammation, heart disease and, possibly, type 1 diabetes. Dr. Woodford says that A2 cows, however, produce milk that does not cause health problems due to this protein.

Switching from A1 to A2 cow’s milk may have amazing health benefits. Are you drinking the right kind of milk for good health?


Best B vitamins to boost mood, brain power and happiness

Vitamin B tabletsCan popping a vitamin pill help cure mental health problems? For people who lack vitamin B and show symptoms of mental illness as a result, this may be the case.

All of the B group vitamins affect brain function, mental sharpness and mood. Research shows that folate and vitamins B6 and B12 might be particularly vital. Some studies show a link between memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly and low levels of B12, for example.

Mild deficiencies of B vitamins can badly affect mental health. Severe deficiencies are linked to serious mental illnesses such as severe depression.

This article discusses vitamins B6, B12 and folate.

Food intolerances can cause hyperactivity, mood swings and depression

Are the foods you’re eating making you sick? For many of us, one or more of the foods we eat is badly affecting our health, and we might not even know it. Depression, mood swings and aggression are just a few of the many possible signs of a reaction to foods.

There are two types of food reactions. The most common is food intolerance. This is a reaction to foods that doesn’t involve the immune system. The other less common type of reaction is a food allergy, which does involve the immune system.

There are many ways we can find out if we have a food intolerance or allergy, and there are things we can do to treat them.

Zinc supplements can help treat depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental health problems

Oysters are high in zinc Since the 1920s zinc has been known to play a role in mental health. Decades of research has found a link between taking zinc supplements and an improvement in the symptoms of schizophrenia, autism, ADHD and other mental health problems.

Along with iron, zinc is the most common trace mineral in the body. Zinc is found in every one of our cells, and is needed for about 100 enzyme reactions. It’s vital for a healthy mind, immune system, reproductive system and more.

Is magnesium a cure for depression?

Spinach is a good source of magnesium Are you suffering from a lack of magnesium? Chances are you could be, as many of us aren’t receiving enough from our diet. In fact magnesium deficiency is an epidemic throughout the western world. About 80% of Americans are low in it. Depression, anxiety, irritability, ADHD and nervousness are just a few of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

Beat depression and improve your mind by avoiding gluten

Some foods containing glutenDid you know that gluten, a common protein, is one of the causes of depression, mood swings and other mental health problems? Professor Rodney Ford, a world authority on gluten and food allergies, believes gluten “is sapping the energy and wellbeing of countless millions”, and causing mental health problems.

With Mental Health Action Week running from 12 to 18 April in the UK, now is a good time to consider whether you, or someone close to you, is suffering from gluten-sensitivity.

Fight depression and improve mood with omega-3 fat

Salmon sashimiBy now you’ve probably heard something about the wonders of omega-3 fat for improving mood. From helping overcome depression and ADHD, to treating Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, some might call omega-3 fat a miracle cure for the mind.

How can omega-3 help give us extra happiness? How much do we need to be happy, and how do we get it?