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Top 10 Mental Health Foods

We know there is an important connection between nutrition and mental health. New and exciting research is surfacing almost every day. The relationship is clear; a deficiency in certain nutrients can cause mental disorders. This is especially apparent in regards to anxiety and depression. These nutrients include particular vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Gift Idea? How About a Life-Changing Blender?

Although I am often approached about endorsing various products, I haven’t until now. I want to tell you about the Cleanblend blender. Not because the company asked me to but because I own one and love it!

Turmeric – the New Prozac?

What if a common spice was as effective as prescription drugs without the cost and dangerous side effects? A recent study found that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may be as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating depression.

TUNA SALAD IN COLLARD WRAPS

These wraps are very high in important mental health nutrients including protein, calcium, magnesium, folate, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids!

8 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier Food

We have learned in recent years about the increase in childhood obesity and diabetes that has been attributed to poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles. What we haven’t heard as much about is the rise in depression and the increase in antidepressants prescribed to children. A shocking 2004 report revealed that the fastest growing group of people taking antidepressants were preschoolers age 5 and under! Then, according to a 2011 report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008. There is not a clear breakdown of how many of those were between 12 and 18 but whatever the number, it is too many.

Depression, the Internet and Critical Thinking

Via the Internet, we now have access to an almost limitless amount of information. That access happened quickly. In the space of a relative few years, people from all over the globe had access to computers at schools and Internet cafes, then portable laptops became more affordable, then smartphones ensured that almost everyone who wanted it could access the Internet from even some of the most remote places on the planet. What did not keep pace with our ability to access information however, was the critical thinking necessary to filter it.