Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Could fasting boost your brainpower? A stomach hormone that stimulates appetite seems to promote the growth of new brain cells and protect them from the effects of ageing – and may explain why some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper. When ghrelin was first discovered, it became known as the hunger hormone. … More Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Improving The Nation’s Health Through Gardening

A growing body of research suggests that gardening is good for both physical and mental health. Pilot schemes for GPs to prescribe gardening are under way, while school gardening projects have been set up to give children a peaceful space to relax in. There are also community garden schemes where patients at GP practices work … More Improving The Nation’s Health Through Gardening

Is Depression Associated With Poor REM Sleep?

New research suggests that the bad and “restless” REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression and anxiety. To find out more about REM sleep, and the affect this has on emotion regulation, follow the link below: http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20160208/poor-rem-sleep-may-be-linked-to-higher-risk-for-anxiety-depression