Here’s How Changing Your Diet Could Fix Your Gut Issues And Cure Your Depression

The research links between your diet and mental health are growing stronger

On and off throughout her 20s, Lara Jezeph struggled with depression.

“I saw three different counselors and twice tried antidepressants, all with no avail,” she says.

Frustrated with the poor results she’d experienced from conventional depression therapies, she started looking at her health behaviors—especially her diet, which was a drab procession of colorless processed foods.

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Stop looking for the latest superfood and eat a chili pepper

A hot lesson in nutritional studies.

«Tears in Eyes» is a Sichuan dish of soft rice noodles covered in a spicy sauce made of dried, fresh, and pickled chili peppers, chili oil, and, of course, the iconic Sichuan peppercorn. It more than lives up to its name. The dish’s capsaicin content (capsaicin is what gives chilis their bite) is so intense that as tears stream down your face, you start to believe that you’re doing irreversible damage to your tongue.

It is also delicious. But could Tears in Eyes actually be healthy?

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Countries With The Highest Life Expectancy In The World

Tales of a fountain of youth have spread around the world for centuries, and while so far no one’s discovered such a magical fountain, a few countries’ senior citizens seem to have found the perfect combination of diet, activity and healthcare, leading them to live years longer than others. The World Economic Forum calculates life expectancy (or how long someone is expected to live if mortality patterns stay the same) every year in its Global Competitiveness report. Here you’ll find the eleven countries with the longest-living residents and why they average over 80 years. Hint: it’s all in the diet.

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Could STRAWBERRIES keep you sharp? Compound in the fruit prevents age-related mental decline

  • A compound, known as fisetin, eases cognitive deterioration and inflammation
  • Mice not treated with fisetin experience cognitive difficulties and stress
  • Inflammation has been linked to age-related conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease
  • Previous research has associated fisetin with reduced memory loss in mice
  • In the mouse study, adding a daily dose of fisetin to food had no safety concerns

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Anti-inflammatory diet could reduce risk of bone loss in women

Because several studies have connected inflammation to bone loss and fractures, researchers from Ohio State University wondered if dietary choices that contribute to inflammation are also related to declines in bone density.

The team looked at the diets of 160,191 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative and assigned each of them a dietary inflammation score based on 32 foods the women reported consuming in the three months prior to their enrollment. All the women completed dietary questionnaires and had scans to measure bone density at the beginning of the study and three and six years later.

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Playing with the fire of inflammation

Inflammation is like a fire in your body you cannot see or feel. «It’s a smoldering process that injures your tissues, joints, and blood vessels, and you often do not notice it until significant damage is done,» says Dr. Andrew Luster, of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The damage might show up as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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