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How Your Next Meal Could Help Fight Depression And Stress

How Your Next Meal Could Help Fight Depression And Stress

Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings. The link between poor diet and mood disorders has been long known, but what has been less clear is the direction of causality. When we’re depressed, we tend to reach for lower-quality comfort foods, but can more comfort foods contribute to depression? And if we’re depressed, can improving our diets improve our symptoms? New research is helping to pave the way toward…

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The Type of Probiotic That May Reverse Depression

The Type of Probiotic That May Reverse Depression

The probiotic buffered the body against the damaging effects of stress. Depression has been reversed in mice by feeding them probiotic bacteria, new research reports. Lactobacillus is a type of ‘good’ bacteria found in yogurt, among other foods. The role of the gut microbiome — the bacteria which live in our gut — has become a focus of research interest recently. Dr Alban Gaultier, who led the study, said: “The big hope for this kind of research is that we…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

The custom of putting candles on cakes dates back to the ancient Greeks, who believed the smoke carried their thoughts up to the gods. Loners, people who feel like outsiders tend to become more confident over time and are more likely to be great leaders.     Singing helps to reduce depression and anxiety, increases the oxygen flow to your lungs and helps you have better posture. Depressed people tend to speak with longer pauses and fragmented sentences.   Happy…

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The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

Only relatively small changes are needed to see benefits to depressive symptoms. A healthy diet is one of the most overlooked factors in recovering from depression, recent research claims. The Mediterranean diet in particular provides the vitamins and minerals the body and brain need. Dr Vicent Balanzá, one of the study’s authors, explained that the brain… “…needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and…

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Magic Mushrooms can ‘Reset’ Depressed Brain

Magic Mushrooms can ‘Reset’ Depressed Brain

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks. However, the team at Imperial College London says people should not self-medicate. There has been a series of small studies suggesting psilocybin could have…

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The Best Way To Stop Depression From Recurring

The Best Way To Stop Depression From Recurring

Depression frequently recurs but therapy and drugs are not the only answers. Seeking out social relationships may help people to recover from depression. Building a social support system helps people stay depression-free. In addition, people who find activities they enjoy recover better from depression. By contrast, people who are aggressive loners are at a heightened risk of depression recurrence, research finds. Those who do not seek out social relationships find it harder to recover from depression. Aggression can also make…

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This Social Media Behaviour Triples Depression Risk

This Social Media Behaviour Triples Depression Risk

Depression and anxiety risk much higher in some people using social media. Using over seven different social media platforms is linked to a tripling in depression risk, psychological research finds. The study asked about the 11 most popular social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn. Those who used between 7 and 11 of these, had 3.1 times the depression risk. They also had 3.3 times the risk of having high levels…

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How To Deal With Negative Thoughts And Anxiety

How To Deal With Negative Thoughts And Anxiety

People in the study were asked to journal about their most stressful experiences. Accepting negative emotions is the best way to deal with them in the long-run, new research finds. People who are more accepting of their darker moods have better psychological health. Dr Iris Mauss, one author of the study, said: “We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health.” Psychologists are still not sure exactly why…

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Does Too Much Sugar Lead to Depression?

Does Too Much Sugar Lead to Depression?

Previous studies have shown that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine, but recent research suggests the sweet stuff may not be doing any favours for our mental health, either. According to a recent report by the University College London, published in the Scientific Reports journal, men who consumed a high intake of sweet food and drinks were more likely to develop common mental health disorders like anxiety and depression after five years. “Our research confirms an adverse effect…

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This Mineral Fights Depression — And It Is Cheaper And Safer Than Drugs

This Mineral Fights Depression — And It Is Cheaper And Safer Than Drugs

The supplement starts to take effect after only two weeks, the researchers found. Over-the-counter magnesium is a safe and effective way to treat mild to moderate depression, a new study suggests. The mineral magnesium has already been linked to lower inflammation and improvements in depression. Now a new randomised controlled trial has tested the effects of magnesium chloride supplements compared with no treatment. For the research, half of 126 people with mild to moderate depression were given 248mg of magnesium…

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