4 ways gut bacteria may affect our mental health

Malaysian and Indian researchers recently published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. In it, they discuss the mental health benefits of gut bacteria.

There are a few notable points the researchers raise in their paper.

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Omega-3 may improve executive function in youth with depression or bipolar

American researchers recently published a study in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, showing a connection between omega-3 consumption and executive function.

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Mediterranean diet may improve mood

Dutch and Australian researchers recently published a study in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, showing a connection between the Mediterranean diet and mood.

They randomly assigned the 53 participants (all women between the ages of 18 and 38) to one of two groups: a control group and a group participating in the Mediterranean diet.

During the first visit, researchers measured food consumption, alertness, calmness, contentedness, anxiety, anger, fatigue, vigour, and confusion. Over the next 10 days, participants recorded their daily food intake.

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Cognitive health connected to income, mental health, and social ties

Malawi and American researchers recently published a study in the European Journal of Population, exploring the connection between cognitive health and physical and mental well being.

The researchers analyzed data from the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health, a long-term study of roughly 4,000 participants and covering over 10 years. Specifically, they documented “the age and gender patterns of cognitive health, the contextual and life-course correlates of poor cognitive health, and the understudied linkages between cognitive and physical/mental well-being.”

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How can I tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) is a mental disorder marked by unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Symptoms are usually intense and differ from the normal ups and downs of life.

Those with bipolar experience emotional states stronger than their usual states. These can last during specific periods, called “mood episodes.” When the episodes are excited, they’re manic. When they’re depressed, they’re depressive. Sometimes, people may show parts of both moods or have a “mixed state”.

Bipolar is further classified as type I and type II.

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Do you have seasonal affective disorder? 6 ways to deal with it naturally

While many people are negatively affected by the reduction in daylight—making them feel gloomy—as much as 3% of the population has seasonal affective disorder.

SAD is more than just what people refer to as the “winter blues”. Those who have it find it difficult to function when it rears its head.

Canadian Mental Health Association has this to say about the disorder:

“SAD can be a debilitating condition, preventing sufferers from functioning normally. It may affect their personal and professional lives,

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8 ways to improve your sleep habits when Daylight Saving ends

The end of Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. In much of North America at least.

While most of the negative press surrounding Daylight Saving Time emerges in the spring, there are some concerns in the autumn, too. Most of us tend to use the switch to standard time as an excuse for poor sleeping practices. After all, we get an extra hour of sleep. It’s still a great time to remember good sleeping habits.

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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5 things to improve your mental health this autumn

For some people, as temperatures and daylight length drop, so does their mood. As seasons change, their mood can become more challenging to maintain.

Here are 5 things you can do this autumn to help maintain your mental health.

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Study: food may not give us enough brain nutrients

Irish researchers recently published a study in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society indicating that food alone may not be providing the B vitamins in the quantities we need to maintain good mental health, particularly for older adults.

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Too much sugar may make us depressed

British researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health showing a connection between sugar intake and mental health.

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