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News and Articles about Nutrition and Mental Health

Is sugar killing your brain?

By Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL Most people know that refined sugar is not good for you, but what is it about sugar that’s particularly bad for your brain? Why…

Coffee and Brain Health? We Investigate…

March is caffeine awareness month. Coffee is one of the commonest forms in which caffeine is consumed daily. In the UK alone, it is estimated that nearly 100 million…

‘Tis the season for brain food!

Turkey, salmon and Brazil nuts are familiar Christmas fayre that also happen to be excellent sources of proteins, B vitamins and the essential element selenium. All these nutrients have been…

How our Gut Health and Mood are Connected

Mental health conditions are on the rise and the statistics speak for themselves: a record 70 million antidepressant prescriptions were handed out in 2018, and an estimated…

Nutrition for Anxious Children

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much disruption, fear and anxiety, and this is particularly true amongst children and teens who have been affected by school closures, physical distancing and new…

FDA Decision on Dementia Drug, Aducanumab

Today, the US FDA has licenced aducanumab, an amyloid protein drug developed for dementia treatment. It has already failed in clinical trials, adding to the 300 studies that have failed. In a…

Connection and the neuroscience of loneliness

Estimated reading time: 4mins Despite the festivities and joy that Christmas celebrations can bring for some, for many, it can be a particularly painful time with heightened feelings of loneliness…

Men’s Mental Health Nutrition Factors

Estimated reading time: 6 mins Since 2003, November has been coined ‘Movember’ by the Movember Foundation, originally a campaign that was launched to tackle issues related to prostate cancer and…

Autism and the Gut Microbiome

Estimated reading time: 5 mins The Gut Brain Axis The gut microbiome, defined as the bacteria that colonises our digestive tract, seems to be a buzz word at the moment within…

Link between Chronic Gum Disease & Alzheimer’s

Estimated reading time: 7 mins Periodontitis is another word for gum disease, caused by a specific bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis, that leads to infection of the tissue holding the teeth…

The impact of food intolerances on mental health

Estimated reading time: 5mins The Gut-Brain Axis The ‘Brain-Gut Axis’ is a term used to describe the two-way communication system between our digestive tract and the brain.  A growing…

Managing Anxiety During COVID-19

COVID-19 virus has brought much panic and disruption, dramatically changing normal life in a very short space of time. We are in uncharted territory and if the outbreak has left…

5 Steps to mental wellbeing during COVID-19

Throughout this period of forced social isolation, many are fortunate enough to be living with family and therefore may not feel the negative effects of social distancing as much. However,…

Sleep hacks to improve mental wellbeing

Just one night of little sleep can have a significant impact on our mental wellbeing and cognitive function.  Although it may appear that our brain completely switches off whilst we’re…

Nutritional & lifestyle changes to support SAD

SAD, which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, isn’t just a case of the winter blues. It is a form of major depression and can be seriously debilitating, causing symptoms such…

How can Niacin support Schizophrenia?

In the UK, at any one time about 220,000 people are being treated for schizophrenia by the NHS. Whilst it is a less common mental health condition, statistics show that there…