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Feeling Stressed? It Might Be Your Liver Calling

Liver disease can be a direct cause of mental health symptoms because a compromised liver cannot prevent toxins in the blood from reaching the brain.

FAB WEBINAR - How Food Affects Your Brain: The Role of Nutrition and Diet in the Mental Health Crisis

Hear from leading international researchers why improving nutrition is so crucial to reducing the current 'epidemic' of mental health problems. And how our diets affect how we all feel, think, and behave.

Lower birth weight, more weight gain seen with in utero COVID-19 exposure

"The accelerated growth trajectory displayed by infants with foetal exposure to COVID-19 may be a harbinger for adverse cardiometabolic outcomes, including obesity and heart disease, later in life."

Eating blueberries each day can improve memory and attention, and lower blood pressure - clinical trial

Eating a handful of blueberries daily has health benefits, including lowered blood pressure, faster reaction time, and improved memory and brain cognition.

Drinking alcohol brings no health benefits, study finds

At best, a drink or two each day has no effect good or ill on a person's health, while three or more drinks daily significantly increase the risk of an early death, researchers report.

Five ways to please picky eaters

Some simple things can help motivate your children to eat healthier foods and snacks. That's not just good for their health, it can make your life easier too - as the American Heart Association explains.

Why drinking more milk could be good for your brain

Drinking milk helps protect the brain from some of the damage caused by aging and aging-related diseases.

Improved health during pregnancy - for mothers and their babies - linked with taxing sugary drinks

"Showing that we can improve health during the relatively short, and critical, window of pregnancy—and thus have lifelong health effects for the mother and child—makes a strong policy argument for these taxes."

Diet, not genes, is driving dementia says British Medical Journal

Switching from an average to a healthy lifestyle, with positive diet changes being key, can dramatically reduce a person’s future risk of developing cognitive decline and dementia

Why 'Dieting' backfires: Brain amplifies signal of hunger synapses, finds study

Restrictive dieting (in mice) changes communication in the brain, new research has shown. Nerve cells that mediate the feeling of hunger receive stronger signals, leading to overeating and weight gain after the diet ends - and those signalling changes are persistent.

Sweets change our brain: Why we can't keep our hands off chocolate

Foods with a high fat and sugar content change our brain: If we regularly eat even small amounts of them, the brain learns to consume precisely these foods in the future.

Excess calories during development may alter the brain and spur adult overeating

"Overnutrition during pregnancy and nursing appears to rewire the brains of developing children and, possibly, future generations."

Small changes in children's sleep lead to significant changes in eating habits, shows study

Mild sleep deprivation may play a role in paediatric obesity by increasing caloric intake, particularly from noncore and ultra processed foods.

Link between diet, gut microbes and mental health confirmed in new research

Fermentation of ('resistant') protein in the gut (from highly processed foods) could release toxins into the body's circulation and affect the brain's access to neurotransmitter compounds, according to an international study

Seaweed, sardines and sauerkraut: the best diet for your brain at every stage of life

It’s never too early or late to use nutrition to improve brain health. From iodine intake to avoiding ultra-processed foods, here’s what to bear in mind.

Researcher finds olive oil to improve brain health, memory in mild cognitive impairment individuals

"Based on the findings of this study and previous pre-clinical studies, we can conclude that adding olive oil to our diet could maintain a healthy brain and improve memory function."

Can certain nutrients protect against the effects of fetal alcohol exposure?

Supplementing the mother's diet with certain nutrients could be an effective preventative measure to protect embryos from accidental early foetal alcohol exposure.

Effects of single plant-based vs. animal-based meals on satiety and mood

We could not detect the profound effects of plant-based vs. animal-based meals on satiety and mood.

Maternal obesity can affect foetal development

Placental DNA methylation may be one of the mechanisms by which maternal obesity is associated with adverse metabolic health outcomes in childhood, although further studies would be needed to corroborate these findings.

More evidence that sugary drinks cause weight gain

Sugar sweetened beverage consumption promotes higher BMI and body weight in both children and adults, underscoring the importance of dietary guidance and public policy strategies to limit intake.