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New Help for Enhancing Your Serotonin Levels

You may know that low levels of the brain chemical serotonin are often associated with depression. However, it's been difficult for scientists to measure its natural fluctuations. A recent study provides the first glimpse at monitoring serotonin in humans in real-time.   Several patients scheduled for brain surgery without full anesthesia volunteered to have a special microelectrode inserted during their procedure. The device tracked their serotonin levels while they performed a psychological test following the movement of a random dot.   In addition to providing a breakthrough in measuring serotonin, this study by neuroscientists at University College London produced several other important findings. It confirmed serotonin's involvement in a wide range of cognitive functions and showed how it affects different parts of the brain.   These findings could help create more effective treatments for many conditions, including depression and Parkinson's Disease.  

The Vegetarian Path to Healthy Aging

As a middle-aged person (40-60), you may wonder if it's too late to become a vegetarian. In reality, a meat-free diet could be especially beneficial for older adults. Several studies suggest that eating more plant-based foods can reduce the risk of age-related health conditions and may even help you live longer.   Of course, the details matter. You could call yourself a vegan if you ate French fries for three meals a day, but you'd hardly be a healthy one. It's still important to eat a balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods.   Find out what a vegetarian diet can do for you. Eating more plants may help you look and feel younger.   Vegetarian Eating for Middle-Aged Folks   There is ample evidence that vegetarians may be less prone to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine review found that a plant-based diet lowers the risk of heart attacks by 40% and the risk of type 2 diabetes by

Eating for Better Health and Vitality

  You are what you eat, as the saying goes. I have been reading up a lot on nutrition. I've always been interested in healthy living. I was a personal trainer and fitness instructor for over ten years, and I knew nutrition was an important piece of physical fitness.  My concern has lately been around hormones and specifically how they are related to perimenopause and menopause. And I've seemed to open up a proverbial can of worms. I have decided to make this week's topic on my blogs and podcasts and videos on healthy eating and its relation to  EVERYTHING!!  The way we look and our skin, body composition, and how we feel in our vitality, energy, and even psychological areas such as anxiety or depression, are all directly related to what we eat. I've been following David Avocado Wolf for the past year or so but just recently has really intrigued me, and I've dived deep into learning more about his teachings on nutrition. I've also decided to make a lifestyle chan