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Healthy Eating and Mental Health

Diet and mental health. There is research to suggest that what we eat may affect not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) may be associated with feelings of wellbeing.

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Learn about Nutrition, Nourishing Foods and Healthy Eating from Universal Medicine

Universal Medicine is the pioneer in the field of energetic nutrition, bringing an awareness that lets us make healthy food choices without having to rely on labels or fad diets. Find out why thousands of people are changing the way they feed themselves –

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Dining at emotional healing

Dining at our healing retreat is a uniquely indulgent and elegant affair. Enjoy a wonderful array of locally sourced foods creatively prepared into delicious and seasonal dishes. Relax in the evening by the pool or on the magical candle-lit terrace in the gardens. Top up your energy with healthy homemade snacks, and freshly prepared juices and fruit infusions served by the pool.

The Idyllic private setting at Emotional Healing quite simply provides the perfect place to get away from it all.

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Junk foods can impair your memory

The hippocampus is the brain’s memory centre and is vital for remembering new information. Neurons in the hippocampus form connections that are constantly being reorganised, a process we call neuroplasticity. This enables us to learn and form memories in response to the constant influx of information in our dynamic world. Junk food filled diets also reduces key brain chemicals required for neuroplasticity, impairing memory.

Research also shows that people who eat lots of junk food also perform badly in memory tests compared to those who eat healthily, irrespective of body weight (i.e. you don’t have to be overweight for these foods to impact your brain’s health). Continue reading “Junk foods can impair your memory”

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How Stress Affects Digestion

What Happens to Digestion Under Stress?

Digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system, a system composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with the central nervous system. When stress activates the “flight or fight” response in your central nervous system, digestion can shut down because your central nervous system shuts down blood flow, affects the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.

“Stress can cause your esophagus to go into spasms. It can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. Under stress, the mill in your stomach can shut down and make you feel nauseous. Stress can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea or constipation. We are all familiar with the athlete or the student who has to rush to the bathroom before the big game or the big exam,” explains Koch. “Although stress may not cause stomach ulcers, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease, it can make these and other diseases of digestion worse.”

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