Deciding to have a baby is a major life decision, and with it can come feelings of excitement, anticipation, nervousness, and many others. In fact, many people believe that pregnancy is a miracle in itself due to the intricate and magnificent changes a woman’s body undergoes to sustain the growth and health of a new baby. A holistic approach to pregnancy considers all aspects of an individual and recognizes the importance of the mind, body, and spirit, as they relate
According to the World Health Organization, mental health disorders primarily include depression and anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders including autism . Additionally, depression alone affects more than 300 million people of all ages globally, and is the leading cause of disability worldwide . Unfortunately, depression is predicted to be the leading cause of disease burden by 2030 . For many years, the treatment of mental illness has centered on trying to
Our ability to remember allows each experience to prime our brains for the next experience. Our experiences collectively reflect not just our individual history, but also of who we are and who we become. Memory informs our habits, fears, hopes, and how we relate to one another. It’s also a critical tool from infancy and throughout life, shaping us and our footprint in the world. While there are different types of memory (immediate, working, and long-term), each type is tied
As we transition into winter, it’s not uncommon to feel less energetic and motivated. Whether to do the colder weather or lack of daylight, it is also not uncommon to spend less time outside – all of which can impact our mood. For some individuals, this seasonal mood change can develop into a form of clinical depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late
Why eating a whole foods diet is optimal for everyone The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems that we should eat the way humans ate long ago, certainly before processed foods became the norm. Research overwhelmingly supports that we should be eating whole foods, and avoiding processed foods for optimal health. Some people wonder what are the exact definitions of whole foods and processed foods, so we will spell it out here. Whole foods are foods that come from nature, not a factory.