You Are What You Eat

Does what we eat affect our mental state? The answer is yes. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to control our moods. 95% of all serotonin is made in the gut. So it makes sense that if we have a healthy digestive tract we are more likely will have a healthy psyche. In order to aide your gut to help your brain, nutritional psychiatry recommends diets that are void of processed and refined foods and sugars. This means treating your body like you would treat an expensive car, only putting premium fuel in your body. Premium fuel for our minds and mental state consists of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains. So, in addition to traditional treatments for anxiety and depression consider a change in your diet to further positively impact your mental health. We would love to partner with you in making your lifestyle healthier. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your diet. Let us show you how we can provide accountability for a long and healthy life for...

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Don’t be a couch potato!

We all have heard the hype about a sedentary lifestyle being bad for our overall health. It can lead to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, dementia, depression and anxiety, certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes just to name a few. But what is it about movement that is so healthy and the lack of movement that so detrimental? Prolonged periods of sitting leads to larger waist circumference, increase in fasting triglyceride levels and reduced clearance of blood glucose. In opposition, skeletal muscle movement leads to leaner waist lines, lower triglycerides, and decreased blood sugar. All of these help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Weight bearing movements of exercise also helps to keep our bones strong. The increased oxygen that is pumped to our brain with exercise also improves brain function and decreases dementia. The drop in stress hormones from exercise can help to improve mood and reduce anxiety. These are just a few of the many benefits of movement. Adversely, a sedentary life style negatively impacts our physical and mental well being by increasing the incidence of numerous diseases. So, the bottom line is for a healthier and happier you get...

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Most of us know that October was breast cancer awareness month. Worldwide breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in women. It is more common in developed countries and the survival rate are also higher in developed countries due to cancer detection. Outcomes for breast cancer are variable depending on exact type of cancer as well as the extend of the disease. The earlier the detection and subsequent treatment the less extensive the disease and the higher the survival rate. There are a number of screening test that have been employed to detect breast cancer. The most commonly recommended screening test is a mammogram. Mammography is basically x-rays taken of the breast.  It is suggested to be done yearly starting at age 40. However, there are also a number of other screening tests including self breast exams, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and genetic testing that are used to find breast cancers. So, this month in an effort to “save the tatas”  we are encouraging all women 40 years of age and older to get...

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