Nutrition and Gut Health
Nutritional deficiency and poor gut health have been shown to impact healthy brain functioning and play a significant role in stress, fatigue, depression, moodiness and anxiety.
Nutritional deficiency is seen in >50% of all adults in the U.S. and many nutrients are critical in brain function such as Folate, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, most B Vitamins, Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Choline and Vitamin E.
Our gut is lined with bacteria which play a critical role in breaking down food, absorption of nutrients and the
production of key vitamins such as Vitamin K and B Vitamins.
- A term for the pathological imbalance of the gut microbiota
- Has been correlated to Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Inattention, Hyperactivity, Irritability.
- It can result from many possible factors such as in C-Section births and due to the excessive use of antibiotics in our early life (ie., chronic ear infections)
Food sensitivities can cause mild inflammation that over time can affect attention span, mood, sleep and anxiety.
Foods to avoid to correct gut inflammation
- Handouts for Elimination Diets
- Handouts for Anti-inflammatory Diet
Health Promotion in Nature
An abundance of research supports age old wisdom, that spending time in nature is a wonderful way to promote our emotional, physical and spiritual well being, and bring more harmony in to our lives.
- Children’s Health and Nature Fact Sheet
- Children’s Nature Institute – local organization for interactive experiences in nature for children
Stress & Health
Understanding the body’s stress response and learning how to modulate it with our breath, movement and meditation is the single most powerful tool for handling modern life’s difficult life challenges, healing any trauma, and recovering from any illness.
- Chronic Stress effects
- Harvard Program on Stress’ effect on Development
- Sleep Hygiene Handout
- “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat Zinn
- “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”by Robert M. Sapolsky
- Laughter Yoga classes
- Mindfulness Meditation and Breath-work
Developing a resilient and flexible mindset and attitude is an essential developmental skill. The ability to handle stress and difficult life challenges requires knowing how to be self empowered, having a sense of purpose, knowing how to set boundaries and say “no”, being open to change and connection, having determination and being resourceful. This is something to strive for and cultivate, like a muscle it grows in capacity if we practice it.
- Insight LA
- UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
- Art of Living
- Online Classes
Toxins in our food, air, land and water supplies have been found to have serious effects on our health, including attention problems, stress, and anxiety. Being informed and empowered locally is possible.
Time in nature is a free and well studied way to bring positive
Environmental Toxins – known toxins in our air, food and water all benefits to our mental health. Effect our physical health and can cause attention problems, stress, anxiety and depression.
- The Public Health and Safety Organization
- National Drinking Water Database
- Children’s Environmental Health Network | CEHN
comprehensive, up-to-date resource for air quality that can be tailored by zip code. It provides very useful information about daily air quality that can help patient’s assess health risks and plan outdoor time wisely.