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Less is not more: how excluding major food groups may impact your health

by Dr Sarah Dash If you look at the menu at your local café, you’ll likely notice a range of options for your meal; gluten-free, low-carb, Paleo friendly. Based on a recent CSIRO report, Australians are electing to avoid certain foods more than ever, and approximately one in three...

Feeling stressed? It probably affects your eating as well. 

Stress – it’s that all too common feeling that has somehow become synonymous with modern day life.  But aside from the tension and worrying thoughts, how else does stress hijack your body? If you’re someone that reaches for the chocolate in the shadows of a looming deadline to find...

Eating alone? Join the club!

Social interaction and support from family, friends, and colleagues has long been associated with positive health outcomes. Having meaningful relationships helps us to manage stress and anxiety, improve physical and mental health, and increase overall quality of life. Conversely, social isolation, loneliness and living alone have been shown to...

Fueling the fire: diet, depression and inflammation

By Dr Sarah R Dash You likely know inflammation as the redness and swelling that appears after you cut your finger – it’s painful, but its job is to help us heal. Systemic (or chronic) inflammation is different. We can’t see this low-level autoimmune response, and it’s usually a...

Nutraceuticals and Mental Health

Can nutraceuticals help mental illness? Research into the role of nutrition in mental health has shown that a healthy diet can potentially play a significant role in the prevention and management of mental illness. A related question that researchers are trying to answer is what happens when we give...

Diet and Psychotic Illness

Diet and psychotic disorders       Psychotic disorders and effects on health and well-being Psychotic disorders (estimated prevalence one percent in Western populations) are serious neuropsychiatric disorders that result in significant levels of distress to the individual and their family and friends. The ongoing nature of the symptoms and behaviours in...