We all feel blue from time to time, but major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition that lasts for a long period of time. It’s a disease that people can’t just “get over” or “snap out of.” While antidepressant medications have been helpful for many people with MDD, they come with side effects of their own,
Depression is not just “feeling blue,” but rather a significant mental health condition that can affect one’s whole life. The CDC estimates that one in 10 American adults is depressed. Depression goes hand-in-hand with poor outcomes in chronic health conditions like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, in addition to the more obvious negatives social and behavioral effects.
You know you’re mostly not human, right?
When you count the microorganisms living in your gastrointestinal tract, skin, and respiratory tract will, there are ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells in your body. We are ecosystems, rather than single organisms. If 20th century nutrition was the discovery of vitamins, proteins,
It’s that time of year.
Yes, the weather is still blazing summer heat (though we’ve finally been getting a break now and then!), but we hit a transition in the last couple of weeks. Somewhere in there, we reached the point where it’s still dark outside when my 5:30am alarm goes off. There’s about a three-month period —
One of my main recommendations for folks who are having trouble sleeping is a simple one: Turn out the lights. I’ve heard folks say they “can’t” fall asleep without surfing the web right before bedtime, or having the TV on in the bedroom. But late night exposure to light suppresses the body’s natural production of melatonin,