• Better diet and nutrition critical in maintaining mental health

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    Scientists claim that a good diet and proper nutrition is essential in maintaining mental health.

    A new international study led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has stated that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognise and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health.

    Lead author, Dr Jerome Sarris said that while the determinants of mental health were complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a key factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggested that nutrition was as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology.

    In the last few years, significant links have been established between nutritional quality and mental health. Scientifically rigorous studies have made important contributions to our understanding of the role of nutrition in mental health, he added.

    Findings of the review revealed that in addition to dietary improvement, evidence now supports the contention that nutrient-based prescription has the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders at the individual and population level.

    Studies show that many of these nutrients have a clear link to brain health, including omega-3s, B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), vitamin D, and amino acids.

    "While we advocate for these to be consumed in the diet where possible, additional select prescription of these as nutraceuticals (nutrient supplements) may also be justified," Dr Sarris said.

    It was time for clinicians to consider diet and additional nutrients as part of the treating package to manage the enormous burden of mental ill health, he said.

    The study is published in The Lancet Psychiatry today.Read more at:cheap evening dresses

  • 7 Healthy Ways to Maintain Balance This Winter

    7 Healthy Ways to Maintain Balance This Winter
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    It’s easy to let the frigid temps and shorter days of winter wreak havoc on just about every aspect of your life—your mood, your energy levels, everything right down to your skin and hair.

    But, while there’s no fighting the need for boots and parkas, there’sno reason to let the season totally tank your well-being. In fact, Terry Walters, best-selling author and clean eating guru, says winter can be an especially healthy time—if you know how to handle it. And she’s got plenty of ideas in her new book Eat Clean Live Well.

    “[Winter’s] a time of quiet and looking within,” Walters says. “It’s a special opportunity to have a whole season that is inward looking, slow, quiet, and dark.”

    Here are seven of her tips for embracing the season and making it work for you:

    1. Don’t let hibernation wreck your (pretty awesome) eating habits. So you’re more home-bound than usual when it’s 30 degrees out. Make things easier on yourself by stocking up on nutritious staples like these, not junk. That way, “you don’t have to muster up strength to resist something in your pantry,” Walters says.

    2. Talk to your BFF to stay on your health game. If your resolution involves eating better or getting in shape, don’t just write down what you’re eating or when you’re working out; tell your bestie, co-worker, or favorite instructor so you can be held accountable. “I’ve noticed that if I food journal for myself, I’m more likely to lie,” Walters admits. “If I say I’m going to send it to someone, I won’t.”

    3. Go be among the people. Maintaining a sense of connection is a bonafide mood-booster.

    4. You also have permission to get a massage and sleep in. If ever there’s a time for these two awesome, all-too-rare things, it’s now. (Yay!) “Self-care is important all of the time, but there is a greater opportunity in the winter to see it, since we aren’t running around as much,” Walters says. “It’s a great time to heal something that we maybe overlook other times of year—catch up on sleep, read a book, get a massage, or take a walk with a friend.”

    5. And just generally sloooow down. “When we slow down long enough to connect and breathe—it can be 10 minutes or half an hour—it creates stillness that is healing,” Walters says. Embrace the feeling of calm and quiet in the air around you and give yourself permission to just be.

    6. Spend time outdoors. Slow can be good, but it’s also especiallyimportant to get outdoors in the winter, Walters says. “I run 12 months out of the year. People think I’m crazy, but I always come in and feel like I have accomplished something—and that winter isn’t dominating me,” she says. “When you’re part of the season and not just dealing with it, you learn more about yourself and it can be invigorating.” Plus you’re getting some much-needed vitamin D.

    7. Don’t beat yourself up. Okay, so there’s a foot of snow on the ground and you missed your morning spin class. You’re trying, and you’re human—so be kind to yourself. “The truth is, I love pizza. I have no plans of taking it out my diet,” Walters says. “Self judgement does more harm than almost anything.”Read more at:prom dresses london

  • Is this the healthiest, most beauty-boosting breakfast of all time?

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    Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so why are 47% of us still skipping it?

    Not only is a breakfast-free start to the day bad for energy levels and weight management, it also puts the body at serious risk of nutritional deficiency as we effectively miss out a whole meal’s worth of nutrients.

    One of the first places we notice nutrient deficiencies is in our skin. Not only can we be more prone to blemishes, spots, dryness and aging, but skin can end up looking dull and lifeless.

    So what exactly constitutes a healthy breakfast? Nutritional therapist Alice Mackintoshhas shared her golden rules for keeping full and energised throughout the day – your skin will thank you, too.

    1. Go for whole grains

    If you want to avoid the highs and lows that cause your energy to fluctuate, your mood to change, your concentration to dwindle and that cookie jar to look utterly irresistible, the answer is simple. Whole grains.

    Found in oats, rye bread, oat cakes and wholewheat cereals, they’re packed with essential nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium and selenium, all of which help support hormones, energy and skin health. Just make sure they don’t have any added sugar.

    2. Get a protein source

    We don’t tend to eat much protein before lunch, but it’s actually an essential part of a balanced breakfast. Not only does it keep blood sugar sustained so you avoid energy dips, it also keep you fuller for longer so you don’t end up reaching for those pound-piling sugary snacks.

    Protein is also required by every cell in the entire body. Skin cells are no exception, so make sure you get enough first thing in the morning.

    3. Get antioxidants

    The body’s life source, every single cell needs antioxidants. It’s especially important to get them at breakfast as the body has fasted overnight, so aim to get at least one source of fruit, vegetables, nuts or seeds first thing.Read more at:red carpet dresses