The past few weeks the various sources I use to look for new and exciting research (PubMed, Twitter, ScienceDaily, various newspapers...) have been full of words on new approaches to supporting mental health and treating depression & anxiety. Here are a few articles that have caught my eye:
- A call for addressing gut health to support treatment for anxiety
- Questioning the idea that depression is a chemical, and specifically, serotonin issue (a theory on which most conventional pharmaceutical treatment is currently based)
- And finally, what I find the most exciting, the role of inflammation in diagnosing, understanding, and treating depression
Addressing inflammation through diet, lifestyle changes, and the short term use of herbs and supplements, is a strength of naturopathic doctors - what a perfect way for MDs and NDs to be able to support their common patients struggling with their mental health, together!
One of my absolute favourite anti-inflammatories is one most of you will have in your spice drawer. Turmeric or Curcuma longa has a beautiful bright yellow-orange colour (more orange when fresh and more yellow when dried!) that comes from the constituent curcumin, one of the most potent naturally occurring anti-inflammatories available. You can find similar recipes to this all over the internet, but here's the one I like.
Coconut Lemon Turmeric Tea
- 1 tsp of dried turmeric OR 1" of fresh turmeric, sliced
- 1" of fresh ginger, sliced
- 1/4 of lemon's worth of juice
- 1/2 cup of coconut cream
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2-1 tsp of raw honey (to taste)
Mix all but the honey together. Simmer on stove for 10-20 minutes in sauce pan. Turn off heat when ready to drink and mix in honey. Enjoy with a book and a cozy blanket :)