Which Type of Probiotic Could Reduce Anxiety?

Taking a probiotic could reduce anxiety if it contains a specific type of bacteria. A new study published in PLoS One has found that, among the many strains of probiotics, Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus has the most evidence showing that it could significantly reduce anxiety. Researchers analyzed 22 animal studies and 14 human clinical studies looking at the impact of probiotics on anxiety. While researchers…

Building an Antidepressant Diet

A recent study in BMC Medicine has found that changing your diet could significantly improve your mood. The link between food and mood is part of an emerging field of psychiatry called “nutritional psychiatry.” There is growing scientific evidence that what we eat significantly impacts our emotions and well-being. The randomized, controlled study of 67 participants examined the impact of dietary changes on depression. Researchers provided…

Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

A little mindfulness a day helps keep depression away. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can do just as well, if not better, than traditional forms of therapies to prevent depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and geared toward people who…

Five Affirmations for Resilience

Have you ever wanted to get rid of frustrating or distracting negative thoughts that keep milling about in your mind? A recent study in Brain and Behavior shows that silently repeating a single word to yourself quiets your mind. You can choose  your affirmation based on how you’re feeling. Do you feel bored and want…

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

Emerging research shows aromatherapy can help relieve stress and promote sleep. Scents are powerful— a simple smell can immediately trigger a powerful memory, place, or person. Scents have power to evoke emotions and memories instantly and can directly impact our bodies through our nervous system. The olfactory nerve gives us our sense of smell and…

Top 10 Foods for a Better Mood

When was the last time your therapist or doctor asked you what you’re eating? Food is important, not just for our physical health but also for our mind. It can be an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Growing research supports the theory that what we eat everyday can improve our mood and help…

Why Do People Do Yoga?

After my last weekend of yoga teacher training, a friend asked me over dinner, “Why do you do yoga? So you can learn to do what… headstands?” Why do people do yoga? More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their primary…