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Improve Your Mental Health Naturally, Starting With Your Next Meal

    Did you know that gluten is a neuro-irritant — meaning it causes inflammation in the brain and has been linked to cognitive decline, even directly to dementia?  I wrote this article for you back in 2014 to help explain how dementia could be considered a gluten-induced condition. More recent evidence suggests that not only does the brain inflammation that gluten causes affect your brain, it might also be affecting your mental health, including causing or worsening mood disorders like depression and anxiety. As someone who has struggled with anxiety her entire life, I am very interested to read […]

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How Grounding Boosts Your Mood + 10 Ways It Fits Into Your Day Today

      We’ve know for a long time (and honestly common sense and personal experience tells you this as well) that time spent outside lifts your spirits. In fact a double blind medical study published in 2015 found that participants who were grounded had measurable improvements in mood that were significantly higher than the sham-grounded participants. We also know that inflammation in the body worsens mood and even plays a role in clinical depression.  A medical study published in 2016 found that increased inflammation in the body worsens symptoms of clinical depression, and this one published in 2019 backs

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Can Cutting Out Bread Actually Improve Your Mental Health?

    Long time readers of my blog already know, since I blogged about this almost a decade ago, that gluten is a neuro-irritant — meaning it causes inflammation in the brain and has been linked to cognitive decline, even dementia.  I wrote this article for you back in 2014 to help explain how dementia could be considered a gluten-induced condition. More recent evidence suggests that not only does the brain inflammation that gluten causes affect your brain, it might also be affecting your mental health, including causing or worsening mood disorders like depression and anxiety. As someone who has

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7 Quick Ways The Earth Can Reset Your Mood Whenever You Need It

      A few weeks ago I shared these tips in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, so today I wanted to share them here with my readers too! If you feel run down, tired, discouraged, sad, anxious, or any other mood that you just want to shake, getting grounded outside for a few minutes is probably the quickest way I know how to do it.  Exercise can help, a really good night of sleep can help, even medications (when appropriate) can help, but if need support right this very minute, grounding can shift your mood by supporting brain function —

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A Simple But Truly Effective Way To Immediately Decrease Your Stress

  Today I want to share another way to decrease holiday stress — and it’s so simple there is not a place or situation on earth you can’t use it… 3 deep breaths. Read this article to know why stopping to breathe is the best thing to do when your in-laws drive you crazy or a topic of discussion at the thanksgiving table raises your blood pressure. In medicine, we know it only takes three deep breaths to significantly support vagal nerve tone, which helps modulate your autonomic nervous system. Meaning your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and brain

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One Simple Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Brain Throughout Your Lifetime

Do you eat fish regularly? Do you take Omega 3 fatty acid supplements? You may want to consider it, because the role of Omega 3 fatty acids in protecting our brain health is becoming more and more robust. Today I wanted to round up my favorite medical studies for you on how fatty acids impact our brain function so you can see why it’s one of my absolute favorite supplements to recommend. Here are my top three reasons why I take fish oil every single day myself:     Protecting Brain Volume:   The medical literature suggests that higher levels

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Movement Immediately Helps Your Memory Improve, Right Then And There

      A recent medical study caught my eye, so today I am excited to share it with you here. Researchers looked at how exercise helps to boost memory, and found that there are literally immediate benefits to your memory function after literally just one bout of exercising. Published September 2020 in Scientific Reports, this study finds that one session of exercising (cycling on a stationary bike was the exercise used in this study) significantly improved motor sequence memory — immediately! This is super encouraging, because it was not looking at just the long term benefits from exercise (which

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