Postpartum Depression: A Holistic Perspective

Postpartum Depression: A Holistic Perspective

Postpartum depression affects 10-15% of women who give birth, yet the research on pregnancy-related mood disorders is astonishingly one-dimensional. This research neither looks at metabolic and inflammatory markers, nor dietary and environmental exposures (chemical sensitivities) known to cause depression.

Conventional psychiatrists neglect to examine the possible underlying causes of postpartum depression, and instead prescribe medications that are often a placebo effect—at best—and harmful to both mother and child at worst.

Mindful Eating: 5 Ways to Practice

Mindful Eating: 5 Ways to Practice

Mindful eating is the process of slowing down and paying attention to your actual eating experience without judgment. This may sound simple, but it can be challenging if you’ve made a habit of eating mindlessly.

Developing a mindful eating practice can help to improve your digestion and get more enjoyment out of your food, as well as make you more aware of your body’s signals and the motivations behind your eating habits. It can also help normalize food behaviors and improve your relationship with food and your body.

Is Your Prescription Drug Causing Your Depression?

Is Your Prescription Drug Causing Your Depression?

Only recently have we started to understand how connected the gut, brain, hormones, and immune systems are. So it’s not a huge surprise that we think of our bodies as machines—that we can feed them some chemicals and they’ll run smoothly again like a car that just got an oil change.

The severity of consequences that result from thinking this way hasn’t really settled into the public consciousness yet, but a June 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association2 explores that very question:

What does this society-wide reliance on prescription drugs really cost us?

In the aforementioned study, researchers analysed the medication use patterns of 26,192 adults between 2005 to 2014, which were collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The research discovered that more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs have depression or suicide listed as potential side effects.3 The drugs on that list run the full gamut across antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, allergy medications, hormones and more.

Green Detox Broth: An Easy Way To Get Your Greens (Recipe)

Green Detox Broth: An Easy Way To Get Your Greens (Recipe)

Austin Fit Magazine published the recipe for The Soup Peddler’s ever-popular Green Detox Broth in their December 2018 issue. Inspired by this tasty and nourishing soup that packs a powerful punch of greens, Flourish Functional Nutritionist, Angela Nash, analyzed the nutrient content of the greens used in the entire recipe (broccoli, kale, parsley, zucchini) and in a 16 oz large serving from the health-based Austin restaurant chain.

Think Yourself Well: How Our Thoughts Influence Our Health

Think Yourself Well: How Our Thoughts Influence Our Health

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the mind-body connection and understand that your thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact your physical health. You also know that chronic stress is bad for you.

Although most of us know this, we often continue living our daily lives on autopilot, mostly unaware of the feedback loop playing in our heads that form our beliefs about ourselves, our identity, and our capacity to heal. We’ve normalized stress to the point that we just accept we will live out our days with at least low-level anxiety about our growing to-do list and wondering, subconsciously, “Will I ever be enough?”