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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.