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The connection between carbohydrates, serotonin, and antidepressant weight gain
Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D.
A chewing gum that makes sweet foods taste bad sounds like a great diet strategy, but what about the underlying motives and neurochemistry that can cause us to overeat?
Many people crave foods, overindulge, and gain weight. Few reflect on the reasons why, or address the changes required for a healthier approach.
Put away the remote control, start walking to the store, or walk to the third floor for the elevator. Such shifts really can add up to better health.
More people have experienced increased anxiety recently, and found relief with a pharmaceutical intervention. There may be a significant side effect, though.
How does one express concern when a loved one's compromised mobility and functionality begin to present because of weight gain?
Research is establishing a link between increases in alcohol consumption and shorter daylight hours.
Many are looking at their upcoming holiday schedule of gatherings and considering more comfortable options.
Research suggests that mental health concerns can negatively impact dental health.
The abundance of food can cause the spirit of the holiday to be diminished.
Have you ever said to yourself, "It can't be that bad for me," while choosing unhealthful foods to eat?
The secret behind comfort food is serotonin synthesis.
That adage about laughter being the best medicine has new life as people readjust during the pandemic.
Everyone is shifting more rapidly to ecologically-friendly products. Are you still getting adequate nutrition?
The creation of a safe space for musicians is, in and of itself, a beautiful work of art.
You do not necessarily have to gain weight because of menopause, as is often rumored.
The unknown calorie count skyrockets for certain foods that are very well-loved.
There is a sense of foreboding about returning to the office.
The temperature cools, the days grow shorter, and we start reaching for extra boosters of food that make us feel happy... Why?
The dog park is a great way to meet nice pet owners, and get exercise too.
These early results seem very promising, but there is not yet enough evidence on the long-term effects.
Changing how vegetables are marketed could make us more likely to eat them, likely improving our health in the process.
That relaxation after accomplishing so much is a real indulgence. With the change of seasons approaching, we need to establish boundaries as we continue to cope with reopening.
We all have experienced that overwhelming dread of anxiety when it seems that controlling an outcome to a positive end is refused us. A healthy social network can help.
Caring for your bones and muscles is critical to aging healthfully.
With smaller plates and smaller portions, the obesity problem could begin to be whittled down.
There is a flood of health information on the internet, and it can be hard to tell what is factual and what is fabricated.
Adjusting to the return of pre-pandemic normalcies at work could include the different responses to different food choices for lunch and snacks.
The process of individuation should be done in a way that positively reinforces positive attributes.
Re-emerging from COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to embrace gratitude. But can we be as fun-loving as we once were?
Shows like 'In Treatment" are shifting the visual scapes of media to represent what most women really look like.
Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet and the founder of a Harvard University hospital weight-loss facility.