The role of thyroid hormones in mood

Anxiety? Depression? Angry? Sad? The relationship between thyroid function and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression has long been recognised with research revealing that both too much and too little thyroid hormones can cause mood abnormalities. In Australia, 1 in 2 people will experience a mental health disorder, and given the strong correlation between […]

How 5 minutes of gratitude can make you feel better..almost instantly!

When life feels challenging, even though it may feel like the last thing you want to do, writing down one or two things you are grateful for each day, might be the thing that actually helps you the most. I started keeping a gratitude journal after a relationship breakdown. The idea of keeping one initially […]

How nature helps us de-stress

Managing your stress levels doesn’t have to include meditating or doing yoga, though I am a huge fan of both of these. Countless research studies show that just simply heading to the great outdoors can be enough to reduce cortisol, a glucocorticoid steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands and secreted during a stress response, […]

Your gut bacteria might be the reason you’re acting psycho…

The knowledge that the bacteria in our gut can influence our mood is growing, in fact in modern day research there is now a term for it: ‘psychobiotics”- this term describes the beneficial way certain bacteria in our gut secrete neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA (yes – bacteria actually do this!). Too little […]