Seeking Help: Treatment Options For Bipolar Disorder

Understanding that you have bipolar disorder and seeking treatment for it are two different things entirely. Finding effective treatment for a mental health disorder takes time, patience and persistence. And, finding effective help for bipolar disorder is critical to successful treatment. Seeking help is the first step. For many, this takes courage and strength. It is an additional challenge […]

Influencing Wellness: What Impacts Your Goals And Determines Your Success

At the Integrative Center for Wellness, we offer holistic, tailored treatment plans that address multiple aspects of our patients’ health needs. Why? Because optimizing a plan of action requires more than a list of steps to reach that goal. It also requires careful analysis of the health factors likely to influence a patient’s ability to reach that goal along […]

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Weight, Resolutions, And Stress: Why New Year Weight Loss Goals Often Fail

 “I want to lose weight.” Every December, this single sentence becomes a goal for an upcoming New Year. Polls confirm that weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution. Yet, every year, the majority of hopeful people who pledge to drop a few pounds don’t succeed in doing so. Why does this happen?

There are a number of […]

Gut microbiota, inflammation and immunity

Scientific research continues to emphasize the importance intestinal microbiome plays in the health and immunity of the host organism. The food we consume is metabolized by the gut microbiota into small molecules that we absorb.
Over the past decade, a dysbiosis in the composition of gut microbiota has been found in patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Specifically, faecalibacterium […]

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Higher Diet Quality Linked to Less Cognitive Decline

An international cohort of 31,456 subjects aged 55 and older from 40 countries completed a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) during baseline testing and at least once during follow-up. Each participant provided dietary information and was measured on cognitive function/decline over the period of 5 years. The study did not focus on the Mediterranean diet specifically but rather on the […]

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Psychiatry and the Gut: The Role of Microbiota in Mood Disorders

The community of bacteria and their genetic material also known as the human microbiome has been estimated to 100 trillion in the human gut alone. Gut microbiota contribute to a normal, healthy state of homeostasis in the human organism. The human body provides habitat and nutrition for the microbiota which in return provide beneficial effects on the person’s immune, […]

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Food for thought: How gut microbes change your mind

A lifelong symbiotic relationship exists between bacteria and the human body. Varied bacterial composition early in life is essential for normal brain development. Consequently, biotic imbalance acts as a predisposing factor for a number of brain disorders.
The basic microbiome composition is acquired during birth via the birth canal. If a child is born through a cesarean section, the bacteria […]

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Weight loss through exercise alone is a myth

A recent commentary published in the Journal of Sports Medicine emphasizes the crucial role of food choices and diet quality in the fight against weight gain. Even though exercise plays an essential role, it does not alone counteract the effects of poor dietary choices. The amount of excessive calories we consume daily is too high to be burned by […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Weight Loss, Wellness|Comments Off on Weight loss through exercise alone is a myth|

Protein, Especially Fish, Linked to Reduced Stroke.

A new meta-analysis of 7 studies (4 from the US, 2 from Japan and 1 from Sweden) suggests that a moderate dietary protein intake may lower the risk of stroke. The primary beneficial protein source was fish, while other animal protein sources such as red meat appeared to be associated with an increased risk. The study further found that […]

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