Your Physical Health Affects Your Mental Health. Here's How

For many people, it feels more impossible than ever to escape stress. Mental health experts often recommend techniques like meditating or journaling to reduce stress, but did you know that your body’s physical health plays a big role in your mental and emotional wellbeing? One of the simplest ways to promote a calmer inner life is by attending to your body’s needs. Read on for three ways to take care of your body so that your mind stays healthy, too.

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

What's an Unhealthy Gut? And What You Can Do About It

What's an Unhealthy Gut?

Your gut controls everything from the immune system to brain health, hormones, moods, and everything in between. That's why they call it 'the second brain.’

Functional medicine is now talking more and more about how an unhealthy gut lies at the base of virtually all medical conditions. 

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What to Feed Your Gut Bacteria

For many years, it was believed that the main function of the large intestine was just to absorb water and dispose of waste, but “nowadays it is clear that the complex microbial ecosystem in our intestines should be considered as a separate organ within the body,” and that organ runs on a MAC, microbiota-accessible carbohydrates. In other words, primarily fiber.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

What to Look For Before You Purchase a Probiotic

Most people don’t realize it, but probiotics have a long history. Fermented products, such as kefir and miso, have been used therapeutically for 10,000 years or more.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

How to Prevent Gut Inflammation

Fiber is Key

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

A Healthy Gut = A Healthier You

A healthy gut is a vital component of your overall health.

Maybe you made a resolution to live healthier this year. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling sluggish and generally not functioning at your best. Whatever your reasons, don’t forget to consider those trillions of little critters that work to keep you healthy everyday, your microbiome. A healthy gut is a vital component of your overall health.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Food Additives That Might Make Our Gut Leaky

Digestion

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is currently no known cure for Crohn’s disease; current research focuses on controlling symptoms. There is no definitive medical or surgical therapy.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

How Tiny Organisms in Our Stomachs Affect Our Sleep

by Chelsea Harvey | Van Winkle's

Few health topics have garnered more interest in recent years than the human microbiome — the rich community of microorganisms that share our bodies, from the surface of our skin to the insides of our stomachs. Research is increasingly revealing the many complex ways that these little guys interact with and influence our bodily processes, and a growing scientific consensus suggests that we may need them just as much as they need us.

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

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10/08/2020
For many people, it feels more impossible than ever to escape stress. Mental health experts often recommend techniques like meditating or journaling to reduce stress, but did you know that your body’... read more
Woman bent over clutching her stomach in pain
10/06/2020
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Assorted colorful vegetables
04/23/2019
For many years, it was believed that the main function of the large intestine was just to absorb water and dispose of waste, but “nowadays it is clear that the complex microbial ecosystem... read more
Woman laying on floor clutching aching stomach.
07/28/2018
Most people don’t realize it, but probiotics have a long history. Fermented products, such as kefir and miso, have been used therapeutically for 10,000 years or... read more
Wooden bowl filled with oats on whitewashed table.
04/07/2018
Fiber is Key When you count all the little folds, the total surface area of our gut is about 3,000 square feet. That’s larger than a tennis court. Yet, only a single layer of cells... read more
Shirtless man with sunglasses lying on grass with vegetables on his stomach
08/29/2017
A healthy gut is a vital component of your overall health. Maybe you made a resolution to live healthier this year. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling sluggish and generally not... read more
Close up slide image of Crohn's colitis cells.
10/01/2016
Digestion Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is... read more
Young woman asleep on her folded arms.
06/28/2016
by Chelsea Harvey | Van Winkle's Few health topics have garnered more interest in recent years than the human microbiome — the rich community of microorganisms that share our bodies, from the... read more
Woman in red dress with hand on chin looking worried.
10/08/2020
For many people, it feels more impossible than ever to escape stress. Mental health experts often recommend techniques like meditating or journaling to reduce stress, but did you know that your body’... read more
Woman bent over clutching her stomach in pain
10/06/2020
What's an Unhealthy Gut? Your gut controls everything from the immune system to brain health, hormones, moods, and everything in between. That's why they call it 'the second brain.’ Functional... read more
Assorted colorful vegetables
04/23/2019
For many years, it was believed that the main function of the large intestine was just to absorb water and dispose of waste, but “nowadays it is clear that the complex microbial ecosystem... read more
Woman laying on floor clutching aching stomach.
07/28/2018
Most people don’t realize it, but probiotics have a long history. Fermented products, such as kefir and miso, have been used therapeutically for 10,000 years or... read more
Wooden bowl filled with oats on whitewashed table.
04/07/2018
Fiber is Key When you count all the little folds, the total surface area of our gut is about 3,000 square feet. That’s larger than a tennis court. Yet, only a single layer of cells... read more
Shirtless man with sunglasses lying on grass with vegetables on his stomach
08/29/2017
A healthy gut is a vital component of your overall health. Maybe you made a resolution to live healthier this year. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling sluggish and generally not... read more
Close up slide image of Crohn's colitis cells.
10/01/2016
Digestion Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is... read more
Young woman asleep on her folded arms.
06/28/2016
by Chelsea Harvey | Van Winkle's Few health topics have garnered more interest in recent years than the human microbiome — the rich community of microorganisms that share our bodies, from the... read more