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Psychobiotics: Best Probiotics for Mood?

Psychobiotics: Best Probiotics for Mood?

It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can

4. What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety isn’t something you catch from touching an infected surface, nor does it happen overnight. Consider anxiety like a fine wine. It takes many years of aging in the perfect environment to get a full-bodied red. Mix compromised genetics with a traumatic childhood and a stressful environment and bam!—you’ve got

How to Recognize High Cortisol Symptoms

How to Recognize High Cortisol Symptoms

The crippling effects of high cortisol symptoms are extremely common but all too often ignored. What is cortisol? It’s a vital hormone produced and secreted by the adrenal glands. Cortisone is released in a rhythmic fashion, with levels peaking in the morning (to help wake you up) and steadily declining

Top 5 Fatigue Causes: Understanding Why You’re So Tired

Top 5 Fatigue Causes: Understanding Why You’re So Tired

Fatigue is a common symptom in people with medical conditions like cancer and diabetes, mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and even in people who are otherwise “healthy.” Yet despite how prevalent it is, medical researchers still do not completely understand what happens in the body to cause fatigue. They

5. Treatments for Depression

The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to

1. Causes of Depression

Depression is so much more than just feeling down in the dumps. It is a complex condition that has an impact on your mind and body. It has many causes, several of which may work together to produce a constellation of emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. This chapter outlines the

The Role of Inflammation in Fatigue

The Role of Inflammation in Fatigue

As a doctor, I hear this question a lot. When a patient asks me, “Why am I tired all the time?” I think of inflammation. It may surprise you, as it does many of my patients, that you could have a problem with inflammation and not even…

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