The most important things in life are often the hardest things to confront. A bad situation at work. A stressful family matter. Low mood or depression. What’s worse, we don’t always understand all the factors fuelling them.
As I write this article I’m half way through a five day fast, and boy, I am hungry. Extremely hungry. Like, eat-a-horse hungry. I am doing the fasting mimicking (FMD) or Prolon diet. It’s a scientifically-developed diet that provides the foods you need for five days to help get your body into ketosis and a fasting state.
Have you ever had a period of time where you were under stress and felt you were going to barely survive it? Of course, we all manage to meet the work deadline, do those important exams, complete the full marathon or get through a period of nursing or caring for a sick family member. But so often, once the stressful time is over we get sick.
Chronic stress is a big health problem that many people face today, whether they know it or not. Ongoing stress hurts your physical and mental health as well as the health of your relationships with those around you. The symptoms of stress can make life very difficult. To make matters worse, the causes of it are everywhere. Career, finances, safety, family, even our health can be a trigger.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the ‘winter blues’ is a form of depression that people only begin experiencing in late autumn when the weather gets cooler. Your mood is fine in the warmer months, it’s just winter time that it drops. With that come feelings of sadness, loss of pleasure in things you usually enjoy, a drop in motivation, low energy and for some a change in sleeping and eating patterns.
Timothy Dynan and John Cryan are groundbreaking researchers doing the brilliant work that is uncovering how bacteria can create the neurotransmitters that make us feel happy, calm and relaxed. They have identified a new mental disorder treatment option, called psychobiotics. Psychobiotics are microbes and fibres that when ingested can improve your mood.
It’s not uncommon for kids to be suffering from exhaustion. Do you have a child who constantly tells you they are tired? They go to bed at the right time, wake at the right time and yet, they are still exhausted. Unexplained fatigue can be caused by a range of factors. It’s important to leave no stone unturned to find out the cause of fatigue in kids because kids should be full of energy and able to do all of the busy things kids do!
By making mum’s health a priority and working with mothers first we can address the fatigue that began with new motherhood and never left them. We can fix the annoying bloating, wind and odd toileting habits they have acquired over time and we can level out those hormonal roller coaster rides they take throughout the month that leave them feeling irritable, snappy and even weepy.
It was a ground breaking journal article written by a team of researchers including Professor Felice Jacka from Deakin University in Victoria that made the front cover of the American Journal of Psychiatry in March 2010. It proposed that depression and anxiety was influenced by the quality of your diet.