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Nutrition for Mental Health: Information for Adults
Jane’s Story, Part 1 Jane is a 25-year-old college student. Her life is busy. She buses to school, so breakfast is usually just a cup of coffee. Lunch is often just a muffin. Because she’s hungry, she often buys snacks from a vending machine. She knows that she’s sleep deprived because she doesn’t feel rested when her alarm wakes her up in the morning. Jane has been feeling stressed, anxious and tired. She reluctantly sees her family doctor, who recommends that Jane start with some changes to her food intake. Introduction The bad news: Our modern, hectic lifestyle, being surrounded by unhealthy foods and other factors can make ...
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Probiotics and Psychobiotics for Depression and Mental Health
What are Probiotics? Probiotics are the live bacteria found in fermented foods (such as yogurt and sauerkraut), which appear to be beneficial for health. Because probiotics are healthy for the brain, some experts also refer to them as “psychobiotics”. How Do Probiotics Help? The human gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is a very complex ecosystem, with more than 1,000 bacterial species. Probiotics help in many ways: They form a part of the healthy community of microbes (i.e. healthy microbiome) in our body; They make it harder for unhealthy bacteria to survive in our body;Reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals, such as ...
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