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…

Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

Scientists have found new evidence that mindfulness can help you ignore irrelevant negative thoughts, even when you’re depressed. People who are depressed commonly find themselves more easily distracted, slowed or overwhelmed by negative or self-critical thoughts. Mindfulness can help you get “unstuck.” A new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital has uncovered the…

What Style of Yoga is “Best” for Your Health?

What type of yoga should you try? A new 2016 study published in the Complementary Therapies in Medicine shows that as long as you are showing up to your mat, you’ll reaping the benefits. Researchers looked at over 300 research trials on yoga and found that, of the 52 styles of yoga studied, more than…

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…

How To Tidy Mindfully

Want to learn how to tidy mindfulness? Find out more about the Konmari method. Read my recent article on Psychology Today on how to bring some Zen to cleaning: Copyright Marlynn H. Wei, MD, PLLC © 2015

The Surprising Psychology of the Common Cold

  New research shows just how bad cold and flu season can be for your mood. If you have already gotten sick this winter season, you can attest to the fact that being sick is stressful, exhausting, and a downer. It is not a coincidence that when you are physically ill, you feel more depressed…