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Depression: Evidenced-Based Dietary Supplements with Antidepressant Effects

by Brian P. Ramos
Major depressive disorder (MDD), also referred to as clinical depression, is a common but serious mood disorder that significantly affects an individual’s feelings, thoughts, actions, and daily functioning. (3)(18)(27) According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 300 million individuals or approximately 4.4% of the world’s population, (9) making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. (6)(27) Signs and symptoms While symptoms of depression may vary between individuals, in order to be diagnosed with MDD, some of the following symptoms must be present almost every day for a minimum of two weeks: Persistent sadness, anxiety, or numbness Feelings […]

Integrative Psychiatry is the Future of Mental Health

by Brian P. Ramos
The landscape of psychiatry is changing as interest in integrative psychiatry grows. The sun is setting on the Prozac Revolution of yore. Integrative psychiatry is on the rise as more and more people recognize that to have optimal mental and physical health, one must take matters into their own hands and go beyond just pharmacology and expensive technologies that are common in allopathic medicine. It is hard to believe that there was a time in the 1970s when the anti-anxiety drug Valium was the most commonly prescribed medication in the United States. Scary time is it not? Today, most psychiatric medications have fallen out […]

Top Supplements for your Mental Well Being

by Brian P. Ramos
Throughout life, many individuals experience mental health issues that can impact their mood, thoughts, behavior, and quality of life. Supporting good overall health by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a well-balanced diet that is in sync with your climate and season (YouTube video coming soon on this topic in my DNA Hacker Secrets Channel), prioritizing sleep quality over quantity, and managing stress can help to support mental wellbeing. Certain dietary supplements may also help to support cognitive function, as well as address or prevent mental health conditions. In addition, remember that a key component in the integrative psychiatry and the […]

by Brian P. Ramos
Top Essential Oils to Reduce Stress with Research to Support it If you live with chronic stress, practicing techniques such as mindfulness meditation or certain pranayama (breathing) exercises and talking to a mental healthcare professional may help to lessen the psychological burden of worries and anxiety and relax your mind. In addition to these powerful resources, there is also aromatherapy. Research suggests that aromatherapy essential oil scent may help. Despite aromatherapy’s popularity, there is still a lack of large-scale clinical trials exploring the effects of aromatherapy on anxiety, which I discuss as well HERE. While an essential oil combined with […]

Digestive Health Month: How to keep your Gut Healthy

by Brian P. Ramos
Did you know that your intestinal lining alone has a surface area of about 400 meters squared? The health of your digestive system is essential to ensure proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as to support the function of other body systems, such as the immune and nervous systems. The health of the gastrointestinal system, particularly the gut microbiome, even impacts mental health through its connection with the central nervous system, often referred to as the gut-brain axis. I have discussed extensively this topic in previous articles that I recommend you check out. These are found both here […]