Your Brain on Food: How the Foods you eat can affect how you feel

Think about it. Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood. (...) Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress. (...) If your brain is deprived of good-quality nutrition, or if free radicals or damaging inflammatory cells

How Vacations and Meditation Heal the Body and Mind

If a true vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it, then not many of us can say that we’ve actually gone on vacation recently. But, according to the latest Harvard research, going on vacation, and adding some regular meditation into the mix, might help you live longer and heal faster. Vacations and Meditation Change How Our Bodies Function Researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai wanted to measure the biological effects of a good old fashioned vacation compared to a meditation retreat. They conducted a study about the short and long-term effects of taking a 6-day resort vacation (“vacati

The Healing ROLE of Nature

I spent last weekend in bliss at a Peace in the Wild nature retreat led by a therapist colleague, and my time there inspired me to write about a topic that I have thought about for a long time. As someone who has often felt the healing power of nature, I have frequently found myself thinking about why nature is so healing. While there are numerous articles that show the physical, cognitive, and mental benefits of spending time in nature (such as this one and this one), there is one aspect of spending time in nature that I’ve thought of but have never seen anyone else address before. Perhaps this particular aspect has not been addressed before because my drama therapy background makes me look

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