This week teen depression made the news in a positive way. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reports that all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 should be screened for depression. This means primary care doctors, including pediatricians and family physicians should screen adolescents routinely for depression.
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When you think about Valentine’s Day, it’s likely that you think of chocolate. Although Valentine’s Day is more than just heart-shaped boxes of love, sugar and chocolate are hard to resist. They are everywhere. Believe it or not, some treats are good for your brain. While others just leave it feeling anything but love. » Read more..
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Dopamine imbalances are very common in the United States. Children and adults suffer from dopamine imbalances which impact ones mood, behavior and overall wellbeing. Stress, trauma, diet, medications and sleep can all make this neurotransmitter ineffective. When our dopamine levels are out of balance, it can cause serious physical and mental challenges—but don’t worry, there are natural ways to balance dopamine.
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We want you to actually achieve your New Year Resolutions this year! Don’t let your health goals fall to the wayside like so many Americans. Did you know that just one week into the New Year, only 77 percent of resolution-makers are still on track? » Read more..
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The holidays are upon us and so is the stress and anxiety that often accompanies this festive time of year. It can be hard to take care of your body and your mind with things wrapping up before the years end, the shopping for others and schedule changes—that impact everyone. The most wonderful time of year is also a time when more people get sick, stressed and sad.
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The end of Daylight Saving Time occurred last weekend and boy are we feeling it! While adjusting in the fall is easier than in spring because we gain an hour of sleep for the fall time change, you might not actually be getting that extra hour of sleep. In fact most of us are trying to adjust to the darker days and brighter mornings leading to sleep cycle madness.
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Vegan and vegetarian protein sources can sometimes be challenging to find and incorporate into a healthy diet. Protein is essential to your diet even if you are vegan or vegetarian. It can be hard for many vegan and vegetarian folks (even carnivores, at times) to get enough protein in their diet. Protein is essential, your brain needs the amino acids in order to function optimally. » Read more..
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GABA, Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid, is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. GABA allows us to feel calm, peaceful, relaxed throughout the day and sleepy at bedtime. It is also essential for handling stress and coping with life’s ups and downs. » Read more..
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Everyone experiences some stress in their life and know very little about the ramifications. A little stress is good for you—it’s necessary keep you alert and alive. Unrelenting crisis, chronic stress and the never-ending sagas that keep you up at night and your stomach in knots, damage your brain and body. Stress makes you tired, fatigued and foggy. Your brain doesn’t work like it should and your body is in a chronic state of exhaustion. The effects are nothing short of deadly. Effects of chronic stress are linked to heart disease, depression, cancer and other mental and physical ailments. There are natural ways to reduce stress in your life and the lives of your family. » Read more..
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It is very likely that you are not getting enough vitamin D. New research indicates that vitamin D has been grossly underestimated by the medical community. Calculations by researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that the doses specified by the IOM are only about one-tenth those needed to cut incidence of diseases related to vitamin D deficiency. Most American’s are not getting enough vitamin D. » Read more..
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