Poor Nutrition in the Womb Triggers Genetic Changes

Fortunately, while a poor diet in pregnancy can cause health problems for a child down the road, the opposite also holds true in that a healthy diet can help prevent health issues, even ones that you may have been predisposed to. Ultimately it is your lifestyle, not your genes, that determines your health as an adult.

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Much touted ‘depression risk gene’ may not add to risk after all

Hello Dear Readers!  Hope you’re having a happy summer and heading to Los Angeles for Postpartum Support International’s annual conference (August 4-7th). Here is a study that corroborates new ideas in epigenetics.  Researchers now theorize that genes have the ability to turn on and off, calling the concept “gene expression”.  Simply eating one bite of broccoli releases b-vitamins … Continue reading

Food and Mood by Blake Graham

Food for mood 30/01/2007 If your emotional state is not what you would like it to be, the answer may lie at least partly in your diet. At first consideration, this may seem a bizarre idea, but after taking a closer look, it makes perfect sense. Our emotional response is strongly related to our brain … Continue reading

Dr. Shoshana Bennett writes for The American Pregnancy Association

It is estimated that around 50% of women suffering from postpartum depression do not come forward for help due to their fear of being put on medication. Either they themselves don’t want to endure the side effects of the medication, they don’t want their breastfeeding babies to experience the effects, or both. Although it’s now clear in the research that if a woman truly needs a medication during pregnancy or postpartum it’s best for all concerned if she takes it, the point is that increasingly women are trying to avoid psychiatric medications during the perinatal period. And, the good news is that using natural treatments is successful either as a complement or alternative to medication.

Mental Health Tied to Chromium and Insulin

Insulin’s job is simple enough. However, the body can stop responding to insulin – a condition called insulin resistance (IR). Dr. David Katz of the Yale Prevention Research Center defines IR as when insulin can no longer inject enough glucose into the body`s cells for fuel. Rather than feeding the body, sugars and fats build up to dangerous levels in the blood, and contribute to chronic and debilitating disease. Meanwhile, the cells are starving, so the person eats more and never feels satiated. IR is on the rise, with more than 60 million Americans at risk. The common signs of IR include obesity, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, fatigue, cognitive problems, hypoglycemia, bloating and depression.

Eight Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin and Mood

Our brain produces neurotransmitters like serotonin which play an important role in how we feel each day. Many people experience pain, stress, depression and anxiety associated with low serotonin levels. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways we can boost our mood by helping our body produce the right amount of serotonin.

Check out IFM’s Educational Opportunities

Here are some intriguing presentations from The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 16th International Symposium, titled “Illuminating the Path Forward: Integrating New Approaches for the Evaluation and Treatment of Mood Disorders”.