How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

World-first study reveals how diet can treat major depression. Improving dietary quality successfully treats major depression, a large new study finds. The three-month study recruited people with major depressive disorder. One group were given support from a clinical dietitian. A control group were given access to social support, which is also beneficial for depression. Those in the dietary group saw great improvements in depressive symptoms. At the end of the study one-third of people who had changed their diet were…

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 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

We polled family doctors from across the country, and they laid down the law on eight things they wish we’d do—or stop doing. According to our panel of general practitioners, Canadians aren’t always doing what they should to make the most of doctor visits—and skipping out on these crucial tactics could lead to a delay in diagnosing serious conditions. Here’s what our experts say you should add to your patient checklist. 1. Stop feeling shy Many of us hesitate to…

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Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness

Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness

New research suggests the right kind of happiness can change the code that defines our very being: our genes. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined the pattern of gene expression within the cells responsible for fighting off infectious diseases and defending the body against foreign materials (Fredrickson et al., 2013). The 80 participants in the study also reported their levels of two different types of happiness: Feeling good or hedonic happiness: the…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Alexithymia describes a person who has a difficult time expressing their feelings to others. Having a large amount of hair on your body is linked to having higher intelligence. Kissing is good for teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath. If everyone in the world washed their hands properly, we could save 1 million lives a year. Depressed people tend to eat more chocolate. The inventor of…

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Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

As we age, it’s natural to worry about possible declines in our mental and brain health. Many older adults are concerned about things like memory loss and poorer attention, forgetting names, and taking longer to learn new things. As a result, as we get older we may feel more distress, sadness, and/ or anxiety that can decrease our quality of life. However, we can do something to address these concerns. The answer is mindfulness. Research shows that it can improve…

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Pears: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Pears: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Pears are a mild, sweet fruit with a fibrous center. They are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber and pack all of these nutrients in a fat-free, cholesterol-free, 100-calorie package. Consuming pears may help with weight loss and reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease, if eaten as part of an overall healthy diet. This Medical News Today Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular…

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For Anxiety Disorders, CBT May Restore Brain’s Structural Balance

For Anxiety Disorders, CBT May Restore Brain’s Structural Balance

New research finds that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) actually changes key brain structures that are involved in processing and regulating emotions. The finding helps to explain the success of CBT for anxiety disorders. Remediation of social anxiety is an important accomplishment as anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem. Experts say that around one in 10 people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations…

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Dietary Protein – From Any Source – May Help Muscle Health

Dietary Protein – From Any Source – May Help Muscle Health

Diets high in protein from any source – animals or plants – may help keep muscles big and strong as people age, according to a new study. People with higher overall protein intake had higher muscle mass and stronger quadriceps, the muscle in front of the thigh, said lead author Kelsey Mangano of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Proteins are found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, vegetables, grains and nuts. The Institute of Medicine recommends adults get about…

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5 Habits That All Emotionally Intelligent People Have In Common

5 Habits That All Emotionally Intelligent People Have In Common

What does it really mean to be emotionally intelligent? Many of us can say we’re in touch with our emotions but how does this translate into a relatable and social intelligence towards ourselves and other people? The idea is that emotional intelligence is not only recognising and identifying with our own emotions, but also having the capacity to handle other people’s feelings in an empathetic and astute way. This is a crucial way to build long, lasting relationships with those…

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The Easiest Way To Kill Stress And Tension

The Easiest Way To Kill Stress And Tension

The simple instruction that reduces stress and increases energy and optimism. The easiest way to kill stress and tension is: Don’t be so hard on yourself! People who are more compassionate towards themselves experience less stress, new research finds. Self-compassion is also linked to more: optimism, feeling alive, and energy. The conclusions come from a study of students coping with their first year at college. Dr Katie Gunnell, the study’s first author, said: “Our study suggests the psychological stress students…

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