Mental Health

Think about it. Your ability to think clearly, make good decisions, adapt to inevitable challenges and not go into confusion is probably the one function that’s going to make the biggest difference in your life.
Brain health is at the heart of us functioning well as humans. And what makes us humans so different to other apes is our larger brain, especially the cortex.

Mental health refers to your emotional and psychological well-being. Having good mental health helps you lead a relatively happy and healthy life. It helps you demonstrate resilience and the ability to cope in the face of life’s adversities.

Your mental health can be influenced by a variety of factors, including life events or even your genetics. There are many strategies that can help you establish and keep good mental health, which I cover in this section.

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The Chemistry of Connection – 5 keys to happiness

Before I became absorbed in the power of optimum nutrition, I studied as a psychologist...

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Two thirds of anti-depressant prescriptions are ‘off label’

Two thirds of all antidepressant prescriptions are ‘off label’ given for conditions that have no...

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Magic mushrooms and depression

The findings, published today in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal revealed that 67% of patients were depression free 1 week...

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How to stay young – was BBC’s programme accurate?

Last night’s BBC programme How to Stay Young investigated how to stay young. Did you...

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Enlighten your body, detox your mind

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Depression – Food is Better than Drugs

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Anti-depressant lies corrected

Thousands of adolescents have been harmed, and some have died by misleading people. The full...

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Escape the stress trap

Chronic stress has dire long-term health consequences - it is as bad for you as...

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Cynicism is seriously bad for you

Three studies have now found that the most negative emotion is not stress, anger or...

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Health and Happiness Survey

We’re excited to be releasing the results of our recent Health and Happiness Survey this...

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ADHD

Now affecting an estimated 1 in 10 boys and 1 in 30 girls in the...

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Beware ‘mood stabiliser’ drugs

If you can double the number of people diagnosed as ‘bipolar’ (meaning sometimes up and...

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Autism – essential nutrients

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Omega 3s improve reading, behaviour and heart risk

A new study shows that giving children omega 3 supplements improves reading and behaviour. A...

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Sugar makes you fat, sad and stupid

The three part BBC series 'the men who made us fat' explains that it is...

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What if anti-depressants don’t work?

Prescriptions for anti-depressants in the UK have gone up 43% to 23 million a year.An...

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Could B Vitamins Make You Happier?

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The protein that can lift your mood

Feeling sad, depressed or low in motivation can often be caused by not having enough...