Sleep and circadian rhythms

Good quality sleep is absolutely essential to good health and good mental health in particular. The right quantity of sleep is important as well, but this is something that can vary between different people depending on factors like age, mental stress, how much one exercises and how healthy one is.

Good quality sleep also seems to be one of the first things to go when one goes through a patch of bad anxiety or are having panic reactions. The increased levels of adrenaline prime one up for flight or fight, which makes it difficult to get into the nurturing state of sleep. We can all relate to that restless state the night before a exam, job interview or big life change. Continue reading

Mood boosting effects of protein and seafood

Animal sources of protein are some of the best foods you can eat when it comes to busting anxiety, panic attacks and depressionWithout question, they are some of the top mood boosting foods out there. These days I eat quite a lot of animal protein daily. I was a vegan from the age of 16 until roughly 20. That means absolutely no sources of animal foods at all for nearly 5 years. I felt good at first on the vegan diet but my health steadily declined and weakened my body for the later stresses that occurred when I was 23. Vegan sources of protein like nuts and seeds and the various superfoods like hemp or rice protein powders never gave the same effect as good old fashioned animal protein. Continue reading

Gut Health, Mood Disorders part 2

There are a few simple changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to improve the health of your digestive system. It’s much easier to take a supplement or a “healing food” than to remove a whole food group out of your diet. Sometimes removing specific foods if you have a sensitivity or food allergy will provide the biggest relief physically and mentally, but we’ll leave that topic for another today. Today we’re discussing powerful gut healing foods. Continue reading

Gut health, mood disorders

“All disease begins in the gut.”
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine

I first learnt about the link between digestive health and mood disorders sometime in 2010 while reading the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride. That book was very inspiring and eye-opening to me at the time. It also contained many truths that I couldn’t fully appreciate until later. Continue reading

The spiritual side to mood disorders

I haven’t spoken much about the spiritual side of anxiety, depression and panic attacks thus far. I tend put a lot of focus on nutrition as I believe it’s a good foundation for everyone to work on and it’s also relatively easy to implement. That said, the spiritual side of these mood problems are also very important to address. Continue reading