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Every month, our charity Food for the Brain, writes about topics related to nutrition and lifestyle and their effect on mental health, neurological conditions and learning disabilities. The aim is to reflect emerging research in the field and generate awareness about the important role our diet and our daily habits play in our health. If you would like to sign up to Food for the Brain’s mailing list, please click here. 

Food Intolerance, the Gut – Brain Axis and Mental Health

Food Intolerance, the Gut – Brain Axis and Mental Health

We recently held an informative event in London with Dr Gill Hart, a biochemist and expert in the field of food intolerances and their global effect on health and we wanted to share some of the highlights of what Dr Hart covered. Based on some of her recent...

Managing Stress and Anxiety with Nutrition

Managing Stress and Anxiety with Nutrition

 It's safe to say that the lead up to Christmas can often be more stressful than joyful, what with the panic to buy the long list of presents, the cards we have to send before it gets too late, the turkey that should have been ordered two weeks...

Body Image, Food Choices and Nutritional Status; The Vicious Cycle

Body Image, Food Choices and Nutritional Status; The Vicious Cycle

This year’s theme for the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Weekis Body Image, or how one thinks and feels about his or her body. Healthy body image begins with a healthy mind, and one of the key pillars of a healthy mind is through optimal nutrition...

Parkinson’s: The Gut Connection

Parkinson’s: The Gut Connection

Parkinson’s is characterised by symptoms such as body tremors, rigidity and lack of balance, as well as psychological symptoms including depression, anxiety and insomnia. It is a progressive neurological disorder, caused by damage to nerve cells located in a part of...

DHA, Veganism And Brain Health

DHA, Veganism And Brain Health

Over the past few years there has been a boom in interest around veganism, with people choosing to switch to plant based foods and products for a variety of reasons - namely environmental, ethical and health related. This surge of interest is reflected by supportive...

The Brain on Ketones; Following a Ketogenic Diet to Improve Brain Health

The Brain on Ketones; Following a Ketogenic Diet to Improve Brain Health

From Low GL to Ketogenic  At Food for the Brain, one of the key messages we enforce is the importance of eating a diet that’s low in glycemic load, which in other words means avoiding refined sugars and flours, and swapping them for wholegrains, fibre-rich legumes and...

Nutrition Tips to Support Children with ADHD

Nutrition Tips to Support Children with ADHD

Nutrition; the Building Blocks of Health Proper nutrition is important for all children to help them grow and develop, both physically and mentally. It stands to reason that the brain benefits from the best possible nutrition as much as the body, and the evidence-base...

Nutritional support for depression before, during and after pregnancy

Nutritional support for depression before, during and after pregnancy

According to Dr Vivette Glover, Director of the Foetal and Neonatal Stress and Research Centre, at any one time during pregnancy, one in every ten women will be depressed and around one in every thirty will be depressed both during pregnancy and the postnatal period...

What is the Biochemical Approach to Autism?

What is the Biochemical Approach to Autism?

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood and typically persists into adulthood. Every child has a unique presentation. Core features include difficulties with social communication and interaction (which can vary...

Glutathione: the Master Antioxidant and its Role in Brain Health

Glutathione: the Master Antioxidant and its Role in Brain Health

Glutathione has been labelled as the mother of all antioxidants and the ultimate free radical quencher and detoxifier. We produce this molecule endogenously, primarily in the liver, using the precursor amino acids cysteine, glutamine and glycine, which come from the...

November for Men’s Mental Health

November for Men’s Mental Health

In the past few years, November has been marked by a sudden rise in an unusual amount of men embracing their moustaches as they campaign for men’s health throughout the month. Since 2003, November has been coined ‘Movember’ by the Movember Foundation, originally a...

The Effect of Mind-Body Practices on the Brain

The Effect of Mind-Body Practices on the Brain

We have long known and believed in the saying ‘you are what you eat’, however, emerging research is showing that we could also argue that ‘you are what you think’. Many of us know intuitively that thinking positively leads to better health just as thinking...

Addiction – Nutrition’s Role in Recovery

Addiction – Nutrition’s Role in Recovery

According to the charity Action on Addiction, one in three of us are addicted to something, whether it be a substance such as caffeine, cocaine or alcohol, or whether it is being in the grips of a particular habit that is preventing someone from living their lives in...

Our Top Tips on Nutrition for Mental Health

Our Top Tips on Nutrition for Mental Health

We are coming towards the end of Mental Health Awareness Week (8th -14th May), which this year is about encouraging the nation to have a conversation about why so many of us aren’t thriving with good mental health. Rather than looking at good mental health as simply...

Autism and the Gut Microbiome

Autism and the Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome, defined as the bacteria that colonises our digestive tract, seems to be a buzz word at the moment within the health industry, as a growing body of research is showing just how important quantity and quality of protective gut bacteria are for our...

Could the way in which we are eating be affecting our health?

Could the way in which we are eating be affecting our health?

When it comes to improving our health, nutrition is of course one of the first things we should look at. Having a balanced diet, which includes optimal amounts of all the essential micronutrients as well as avoiding refined and processed foods, is key to ensure we are...

The Benefits of Nutrition as an Adjunct Therapy for Schizophrenia

The Benefits of Nutrition as an Adjunct Therapy for Schizophrenia

Food for the Brain supports a better understanding of how nutritional protocols can be beneficial across a arrange of mental health conditions, one that is a less understood condition and therefore is often more difficult to raise awareness about, is nutritional...

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