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If you could only change one thing – omega-3’s...   People often ask me if there was just one thing they could change about their diet, what should it be? The one change we should make as individuals and as a nation that would probably be the most beneficial overall, is to increase our intake of omega 3 fatty acids and decrease our intake of omega 6 fatty acids. WHY INCREASE OMEGA 3’S? Omega-3’s and omega-6’s are fatty acids that control inflammation in the body. Omega-3’s are basically...
Trytophan and Serotonin   A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance that is produced in the brain and carries messages from one nerve cell to another. It seems obvious that the brain is part of the body. And, yet, I think many people think of the brain as a closed system that operates separate from the body. We’ve probably all heard depression referred to as “a chemical imbalance” in the brain. We have chemicals in our brains that are supposed to somehow be...
Relax with magnesium   Magnesium is Nature’s original relaxer. Magnesium has long been used for calming nerves and relaxing muscles and as a natural laxative. Its therapeutic role in both anxiety and depression is well supported. Our ancestors would have had a ready supply from food grown on magnesium rich soil. Modern farming practices have diminished magnesium levels in some soils. Magnesium is present in many natural water sources – the “harder” the water, the more minerals like calcium and magnesium it...
Summertime Green Smoothies...

This is my favorite time of year for breakfast smoothies when the garden is brimming with nutrient-rich greens! There is nothing more gratifying or flavorful (or easier!) than walking outside and picking a handful of fresh garden greens and blending them up into a power-packed breakfast drink.

Simply Nutritious

Eating for mental health does not need to be complicated or difficult. During the summer I do a lot of grilling outside. Here I just rubbed a little bit of olive oil on a piece of salmon and placed it on top of a couple of sprigs of dill I snagged out of the garden. I piled some more dill on top then put the pan on a hot grill and cooked the fish for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The blackened, crispy dill adds a wonderful flavor to the fish. If you don’t have fresh dill, you can just sprinkle both sides with dried dill and it will work just as well.

Easy autumn cooking       I love the combination of healthy and easy! This is where gardening really pays off – when you can walk outside and gather a variety of healthy, organic vegetables, throw them in a crockpot with a chicken (organic, free-range of course!) and a few hours later, enjoy a nutrition packed meal that money really can’t buy in most restaurants. For this meal I put a chicken in the crockpot and added leeks, red potatoes, carrots, kale,...


The placebo effect is well documented in clinical trials for antidepressants. The question is what percentage of users will experience real benefits versus those believing they’re experiencing benefits from a placebo?

Say “No” To Trans Fats

We have known for a long time that trans fats are bad for your waistline and your heart, but trans fats could also be affecting your anger management, according to a study from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

Pumpkin Power!

Pumpkin is a powerhouse of mental health nutrients. It is also one of the most versatile vegetables that can be served many different ways. Pumpkin can be baked, boiled, roasted or pureed. It can be made into soups, smoothies, desserts, and casseroles.

12 Herbal Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Herbal remedies have been used to treat depression and anxiety for centuries around the globe. Western societies, in particular, have moved away from traditional herbal treatments towards prescription medications. There are some proven herbal options that may be worth a try.

5 Ways To Spice Up Your Mental Health

Spices have been used medicinally all around the globe for thousands of years. Papyri from Ancient Egypt in 1555 BC classified coriander, fennel, juniper, cumin, and garlic as health promoting spices. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), wrote about spices and herbs, including saffron, cinnamon, thyme, coriander, mint, and marjoram. He noted that great care should be given to the preparation of herbs for medical use. Of the 400 herbal remedies utilized by Hippocrates, at least half are in use today.

Probiotics for Mental Health

Scientists are learning more every day about the importance of the gut microbiome. The gut is now being referred to as our “second brain”. Research has linked the gut microbiome to a variety of physical diseases and even mental disorders.

Sleep and Mental Health

Approximately 50 to 80% of psychiatric patients have sleep disorders, as opposed to 10 to 18% of the general population. Doctors have long thought that the sleep disorders were a symptom of the mental illness, but are now finding that sometimes the sleep disorders can cause the mental illness.

Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage

I’m a big fan of oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which aids in digestion and acts as a prebiotic for good gut health. Gut health has been linked to mental health. Oatmeal is also a good source of zinc, which has antidepressant properties, reduces anxiety and protects the brain from environmental toxins.

When I heard about the “oatmeal breakfast bootcamp” recipe collection at The Watering Mouth, I was overjoyed to see the unique and fabulous oatmeal recipes. More ways to incorporate oatmeal! This inspired me to share my “secret recipe” for Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage.