October Health: How to Survive Sweets Season

It’s that time again…wh ere candy and sugar-packed treats are everywhere we turn, in  preparation for Halloween. Do you enjoy the occasional treat, or do you gobble all that finds its way into your path? Here are some ways to help minimize your consumption whether your motivation is to keep your blood sugar and weight in check, or to avoid perpetuating cravings:
 
1. Drink plenty of water! I know that seems odd, but it helps you to feel full and therefore minimize the temptation to eat, especially quick, easy, high calorie, high sugar treats.
 
2. Carry fruit with you and consume that any time you have an urge to eat a sugary treat. This will give you healthy sweets – and really you can only eat so much in a day!
 
3. Make sure you have access to healthy food and eat at regular intervals. You’re more likely to grab the closest sugar-loaded snack if you haven’t eaten a healthy balanced meal, or if you have gone too long between meals and just need something quickly.
 
4. Have some watered down juice accessible. Juice can actually be surprisingly high in sugar, though natural as opposed to processed and refined. But sugar none-the-less. Try watering down some juice so that you still get some sweet, but just enough to satisfy the craving rather than spike your blood sugar
 

Neurofeedback for Medication-Resistant Depression

Depression is experienced by over 300 million people worldwide, and nearly half of these people are also diagnosed with a comorbid anxiety disorder. While there are many different types of depression, there are some symptoms that overlap which are recognizable by mental health professionals. These symptoms include fatigue, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and even thoughts of suicide. 

10 Brain Engaging Summer Activities for Kids

As summer begins, a huge concern for parents is the learning loss that occurs across the board, affecting learning in all subjects. Students most often test poorly at the beginning of the school year by comparison to testing at the end of the school year. After several years of recurrent learning loss, by high school or college, a student is at risk for performing below their grade level. Luckily there are many activities in which kids can engage to combat summer “brain drain”! Read this list of 10 ways to keep your child’s brain active this summer!

4 Ways Neurofeedback Helps You Regain Independence

Mental health is essential to a person’s overall ability to function on a day to day basis. Many people suffer with mental health issues that can truly interfere with the person’s ability to live their life. As a person ages, memory is a common issue. If a person struggles with a mood disorder, doing even simply daily activities can seem as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. Those who suffer with anxiety tend to be held back from activities they would normally take part in, all due to the anxiety they feel. In each of these circumstances, the person doesn’t have the ability to independently function and complete tasks as efficiently as they truly could. Neurofeedback helps you gain back that independence so you can go about your day with ease knowing you will be able to accomplish all that you need to each day. 

Bipolar Disorder and Neurofeedback

Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.

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