Play your stress away

Often when we think of play, we think of children or our childhood. As we get older, often the concept of play is lost. Most adults don’t realize play is a necessary form of stress relief. Play is an integral part of staying healthy and should be a pivotal component of any wellness plan. One…

Chronic inflammation can kill motivation

It is tempting to label those who have no motivation as “lazy.” However, not wanting to engage in life is a red flag that one’s natural state of health is out of balance and that it’s time to investigate an underlying health condition. Researchers have now discovered that chronic low-grade inflammation negatively impacts activity in…

Identifying and reversing brain inflammation

The chances are good that those who suffer from autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid also have some degree of brain inflammation. Symptoms that indicate brain inflammation include brain fog, fatigue, low motivation, and depression, but there can be more debilitating symptoms depending on the diagnosis. Neuroinflammation can be diagnosed as subtle, moderate, or severe, as well…

Inflammation can be underlying cause of depression

Over 16 million people suffer from depression making it one of the most common mental disorders in the US. One in eight Americans over the age of 12 are taking antidepressants, representing a 65 percent increase in the last 15 years. These are troublesome statistics given that most doctors are not addressing the root causes…

How to protect yourself from brain injury

Brain injury prevention goes beyond whether you wear a helmet. Two people with the same injury can have two wildly different reactions—one mild, one debilitating—based on the health of their brain prior to injury. Although we can’t necessarily control whether a brain injury happens from a fall, a car accident, or a blow to the…

Five things doctors don’t tell you about depression

Do you suffer from depression? People succumb to depression for different reasons. It’s important to look for the underlying cause of your depression. Consider these five: 1. Poor communication between brain cells Depression happens when neurons in certain areas of the brain don’t communicate well with each other, or “fire.” This causes poor brain function…

Moody and need meds or just a healthy, normal female?

Do you feel you need anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, or has your doctor said you do? Although true depression or anxiety disorders need management, many women are misled into believing they need treatment for what is actually normal behavior. Women are designed to be sensitive to their environments, emotionally in tune with their children and…