Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

Ideas for a healthy body, mind and spirit.

DEPRESSION AND INFLAMMATION

Andrew Weil MD ha summarized new research about inflammation and depression. The marker of inflammatory disease is  C-reactive protein and things like rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease. In one study, it was found that C-reactive protein- is 46% higher in those who have depression compared with those who do not. When individuals are given medication to reduce inflammation, depression is reduced.  Of course, this is still in the investigatory stages and you don’t want to start taking anti inflammatory drugs at this point for depression. Dr. Weil recommends an anti-inflammatory diet which is all the good stuff – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and seeds along with exercise.  He also suggested adding turmeric because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is always worth looking at diet and exercise if you have depression. It can make the difference.

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May 14, 2017 Posted by | Depression, health | | Leave a comment

Thyroid and Mood

This little organ – the thyroid- does amazing things for the body and needs to be in balance for your physical and mental health. If you have symptoms of stress, insomnia, feel overwhelmed, have trouble losing weight, feels depressed or anxious, take a look at this wonderful book – ADRENAL THYROID REVOLUTION by Aviva Romm MD.

Her focus is on hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue. Imbalances occur through chronic stress, toxins, infections, food triggers and problems with the gut. The  solution is to work on all the relevant areas. Stress management is central and here is where yoga and meditation can be a tremendous help. Other areas need to be assessed by  WHOLISTIC DOCTOR.  These come under various names like integrative medicine doctor, functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor. Visit websites for American Board of Integrative Medicine, Institute of Functional Medicine.

 

March 26, 2017 Posted by | Emotional Well Being, health, weight management | , , | Leave a comment

Gut Microbes and Your Moods

Absolutely read David Perlmutter’s new book BRAIN MAKER. He is a neurologist who has worked with and studied various mental health conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Depression and Dementia from the point of view of healthy diet and keeping the microbes in the body happy. There is fascinating information here that can benefit everyone. The gut bacteria are involved in producing 80-90% of your serotonin and have their own immune system which is 70-80% of your total immune system. If you need more incentive to read this book – certain gut bacteria are related to weight loss and others to weight gain. After you find out about the critical importance of the microbiome, he offers help on how to maintain healthy bacteria. Some of this you certainly already know – like yogurt- and other ideas may be new to you – like foods rich in prebiotics. Happy reading and happy health.

October 19, 2015 Posted by | Emotional Well Being | | Leave a comment

Getting A Calm Brain

Gayatri Devi MD, a neurologist and clinical associate professor at NYU School of Medicine, has outlined the process of calming the mind from the neurological point of view. Her book A CALM BRAIN: UNLOCKING YOUR NATURAL RELAXATION SYSTEM is a good read. If you have wondered why it is so hard to de-stress, she explains it in terms of our heritage and the importance of fight or flight mechanisms in survival. There is an important nerve, the Vagus nerve, that plays a critical role. It channels information from the gut area to the brain and can tell the brain to relax. Once you understand the physiology, you can put into place effective strategies for your stress management. Diaphragm breathing, for example, activates the Vagus Nerve and begins the calming process. Techniques to calm are simple but powerful. Trying to calm through the thought process is much less effective and this book tells you why. Give yourself the gift of this book in this stressful time.

November 5, 2012 Posted by | Emotional Well Being | | Leave a comment