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.
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!
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.
What we feed our kids has a profound effect on how they grow and behave. Most of our kids eat a SAD diet, i.e. Standard Australian/American Diet. 21st century living means many people have moved far away from eating a high fibre, whole food diet that is made up mostly of meat, chicken, seafood, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds etc. Instead convenience foods that are processed, low in fibre, high in fat, sugar and salt and that come in a packet are taking over.
Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can arise when kids avoid nutrient rich anti inflammatory foods over a long period of time. Important nutritional cofactors for making healthy neurotransmitters are not made and gut bacteria are not fed important fibre and this can lead to mood changes. In order for our kids to have happy, healthy moods it is important to encourage them to eat a healthy diet.