Mental and Cognitive Health
Today, the World Health Organization recognizes depression as one of the top four disabling diseases in the world! Clinical depression is much more than a case of the blues. Depression is both a mental and emotional state, a feeling of being in a box that you can’t escape. It’s closely tied to illness; over 80% of terminal cancer patients have a history of chronic depression.
Does eating a whole bag of a salty snack make you feel better? If it does, you may not be alone. A recent study at the University of Iowa concluded that salt may be “nature’s anti-depressant.” The study found rats did not participate in activities they normally enjoy when deficient in sodium chloride (common table salt). Since they didn’t act with their usual zest, the researchers concluded they were depressed.
Feeling stressed? Stop and smell the roses. Or perhaps get a good whiff of lavender, lemon, mango, mint, coriander or other fragrant plants.
We`ve all heard the old adage that we should take breaks and "stop and smell the roses" to relieve stress. Now, scientists in Japan have reported the first scientific evidence that inhaling certain fragrances does indeed alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels.
In India, Alzheimer's disease is relatively uncommon. People over the age of 65 living in certain rural areas of India have a less than 1 percent (0.84%) chance of developing the disease. In the larger cities and rural areas of India, the risk is just 2.4 percent. [1,2]
Compare these findings to people over the age of 65 living in the United States. Again, depending on where we are living, our chances of developing Alzheimer's disease range from a little under 5 percent to an astonishing 17 percent. [3,4]
It’s true! You really can eat your way to optimum brain power and continue to feed your brain at any age.
The right foods will help you use your brain to the max, and the more you use it, the more you’ll challenge your brain to grow new cells, create new connections, and improve your problem-solving and memory functions.
I’m sure you’ve heard that alcohol can be beneficial when consumed in low to moderate quantities (about 1-3 standard glasses of alcohol per day), but there are thousands of studies on alcohol consumption and its effects on your health, and researchers still can’t prove that moderate drinking leads to a longer, healthier life.
What they have found, however, is plenty of evidence showing structural damage in your brain as well as other detrimental effects, even when consumed in small quantities.
Do you think the FDA is out to get depressed people? Based on its unfathomable approval record – giving the go-ahead to clearly dangerous drugs – that seems to be the only possible explanation. And now Pristiq, one of the newest antidepressants, is racking up even more ways to make depressed people even sicker.
It's still barely out of the gate, and already Pristiq is slapped with yet another warning.
Do you want to keep your mind in top shape and lower your risk for dementia?
The answer is simple...
Over the past decade much has put attention on the use of herbs in the treatment of mental and emotional difficulties. Probably the most well known herb now, because of all of this commotion, is Saint John’s Wort.
As a long time medical herbalist, I look over all that goes on and hope that more understanding is developed about the effective use of herbs.
For many years, nuts have gotten a bad rap for being high in fat. But in reality, nuts are a vital part of our diet, as they are high in monounsaturated fats that actually keep us heart-healthy and disease-free.
Healthy nuts are also great sources of protein, minerals and other life-enhancing nutrients. Scientific studies now show that different types of nuts and seeds can actually prevent heart disease, weight gain and the accumulation of LDL cholesterol.