Foods to Avoid When Depressed

We have plenty of resources available in this blog and on our website about what you can do to boost your mood. The other side of the coin, however, are the foods to avoid when depressed that can take your mood even lower. Spoiler alert: there is an overlap between foods you should avoid and…

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PCOS and Mental Health

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting between 4-8% of females of reproductive age, according to the NIH [1]. PCOS is characterized by symptoms of hyperandrogenism (e.g. acne, hirsutism, and alopecia), anovulation (e.g. irregular, infrequent, or absent menstrual cycles), and the growth of cysts on and around the ovaries [2]. Due to underlying causes…

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Best Diet for Energy & Mood

Just like you can’t drive a car without fuel, your body needs fuel to function. Not just about physically, but mentally too. Instead of gasoline, however, what gives us energy is certain nutrients from the diet. Nutrients can give us energy either as a substrate converted to ATP in our cells or by otherwise contributing…

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Looking For a Prenatal with Folate?

The Role of Folate in Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy, and Healthy Birth Folate plays roles in both male and female fertility, fetal development, and in a pregnant mother’s health. Whether you’re pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, or could become pregnant, taking a prenatal with folate, or a prenatal and methylfolate, is a smart choice. MethylPro® now…

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L-Methylfolate for SSRI Resistance:

If you are experiencing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor resistance (SSRI resistance), you are far from alone. Some feel no effect from an SSRI whatsoever and others feel an initial effect that wanes quickly. Nearly two in three patients with depression do not achieve remission with SSRI treatment alone [1,2]. Living with a mood disorder difficult…

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The Gut’s Influence on Mental Health

The relationship between our gut, gut bacteria, and mental health is often referred to as the gut-brain connection or gut-brain axis. The enteric nervous system (ENS) is a highly complex system of nerves found throughout the lining of the gut. The ENS generally communicates with the brain through the vagus nerve. An obvious example of…

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What Foods are High in Folate?

Folate is an essential nutrient, meaning it must be consumed from the diet. But what foods are high in folate? It can be found naturally in some foods (such as spinach, asparagus, beans, and citrus fruits) and in fortified foods that contain the synthetic form of folate, known as folic acid. Ideally, our bodies would…

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Can Stress Affect Methylation?

Whether you are staying at home or braving careful interactions as an essential worker, recent changes in our daily lives call for new ways of coping and an increased need for stress relief. Stress affects individuals differently, so each person and family is unique in the way they are experiencing this time of unprecedented change.…

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