We've all heard the expression "You are what you eat." But if emerging research is any indication, it might be more accurate to say, "Who we are is what we eat." It turns out, what we take in—whether food, liquid, or supplement—is a factor in both our moment-to-moment moods and even our long-term self-perceptions and relationships with others. It can encourage (or prevent) the … [Read more...] about Can Nutrition Make You Happier & More Confident?
A clever new study demonstrates a causal relationship between exercise and depression. Scientists and the public alike have long suspected that exercise can reduce depression, but the problem with proving it is the same as with many long-held general associations: it’s just an association. Researchers have shown repeatedly that people who move more tend to have fewer … [Read more...] about Exercise: A Natural Way to Fight Depression
Magnesium: This unsung gem of the supplement world might just be the workhorse of your medicine cabinet. Find out how. Last spring, I met with a nutritionist friend to chat about what dietary changes might alleviate stress, improve sleep and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Her number one suggestion? Magnesium. And in the months since I’ve upped my intake through natural … [Read more...] about Is Magnesium the Miracle Mineral?
Revisiting a magazine column from this past spring A column I wrote for the April–May 2018 issue of Field & Stream about depression continues to reverberate, judging by the notes I get on Facebook. Just this week, a 24-year-old outdoorsman wrote me about his struggles. More about that in a bit. When it was published, the piece drew a bunch of letters. One came from a … [Read more...] about Depression and How to Talk to Someone About It
Look out for these common symptoms in yourself and others If someone you know seems to be going through a tough time and struggling with their mental health, it’s only natural that you want to help, but many of us don’t know where to start. How do you know for sure that there is a problem? And what’s the best way to approach it once you are convinced there is? Even if you’re … [Read more...] about Mental Health: How To Recognize When Someone Is Struggling