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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.

Stress Busting B Vitamins!

A deficiency in B vitamins can cause psychiatric disorders like dementia, psychosis, anxiety and depression. Some B vitamins can actually increase the effectiveness of traditional antidepressants.

Inflammation – The Link Between Depression and Pain...

Depression and pain go hand in hand. Depression can cause pain and pain can cause depression. This can create a vicious cycle and frustration in knowing how to stop it. Pain and depression are exhausting.

Sometimes the cause of the depression and the cause of the pain are two separate things. In that case, they may need to be treated separately. But, sometimes depression and pain share a common cause and that is inflammation. Inflammation can cause both depression and pain.

Suicide Starts in the Brain

Suicide is a sensitive, difficult and important topic. It is a common misconception that most suicides occur in the wintertime, especially around the Christmas holidays. While the holidays can be a sad and lonely time for many people, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, more suicides occur in the spring and summer. Late April and early May is when suicide rates are highest.