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Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for

6. Stress and Anxiety Treatment—Medical Options

Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your

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

Increase Your Happiness without Antidepressant Medications

Eleven percent of Americans aged 12 years and older take antidepressant medications, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Most of these antidepressants, including a widely used class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are designed to reduce anxiety and lift mood by prolonging the effects of

Q&A: Natural Antidepressants; Snoring

Q. Are there any natural antidepressants? I’m reluctant to take a prescription medication for what I believe to be a short-term period of depression.
A. There are many things you can do to live a happier life or to manage your depression. Prescription medications are not the only option for raising

Reduce Your Risks of Depression and Dementia With Your Diet

The food choices you make can affect your mood and memory as well as your weight and physical health. Research has linked dietary deficiencies to depression and anxiety and healthy diets with better brain health. For example, studies have found that eating a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a reduced

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.

Inadequate brain levels of

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