A May 2024 study highlights the profound impact that diet quality can have on mental health and brain structure. The study "Adherence to unhealthy diets is associated with altered frontal gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate concentrations and grey matter volume: preliminary findings" delves into this complex relationship, focusing on how diet influences neurochemistry and brain morphology. The study looked at 30 adults divided into two groups: those who ate a healthy Mediterranean

Aging is an inevitable part of life, but recent scientific advancements suggest that we might have more control over how we age than previously thought. Biological age, which reflects the true state of our bodies at a cellular level, can differ from chronological age, the number of years we have lived. Emerging research indicates that lifestyle and dietary changes can significantly reduce biological age, effectively making us younger from the

Stress, a ubiquitous part of modern life, has profound implications on the aging process. Recent research has highlighted how chronic stress not only affects mental well-being but also accelerates biological aging, leading to earlier onset of age-related diseases. I've been immersing myself in this research for the past few weeks. There is such an intricate relationship between stress and aging, highlighting why managing our stress is so critical. I try

The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and regulate the body's stress response through the HPA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis. Problems in the HPA axis can result in either underactivity (hypofunction) or overactivity (hyperfunction), impacting chronic disease risk. Functional medicine aims to find and treat the root causes of these dysfunctions to restore and promote optimal health. Misconceptions About "Adrenal Fatigue" Many refer to "adrenal fatigue" as if the adrenal glands wear

The primary goal of functional testing is to identify and address the root causes of chronic health conditions rather than just managing symptoms. My Top Functional Tests That I Use in Practice: Detailed Stool Analysis: Focusing on the gut microbiome, pathogen detection, and immune response, the GI-MAP + Zonulin test by Diagnostic Solutions utilizes DNA-based technology to precisely quantify gut-affecting microorganisms. It includes Zonulin testing for intestinal permeability, making it an

Understanding the Link Between Air Pollution and Dementia Air pollution, which we can all agree is a pervasive environmental issue, has long been associated with various health problems. A 2023 research report published in Neurology has shed light on its impact on cognitive health, particularly the risk of dementia. The study, titled "Association of Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Dementia Risk," explores the biological mechanisms linking air pollution to dementia,

In a fascinating study published in Nutritional Neuroscience, the researchers explored the effects of unhealthy diets on brain chemistry and structure. The preliminary findings suggest significant associations between poor dietary habits and changes in key brain areas. The study focused on the adherence to unhealthy diets and its correlation with the concentrations of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate in the frontal lobe of the brain, as well as grey matter volume.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition characterized by an excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine, leading to a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. Unlike the large intestine, where a high bacterial count is normal, the small intestine is meant to have relatively low bacterial levels. SIBO disrupts this balance, affecting nutrient absorption and causing discomfort. Symptoms associated with SIBO can include: bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, gas, fatigue, nausea,

  Discovered in 1982, H. pylori is unique in its ability to survive the acidic environment of the stomach by producing urease, an enzyme that neutralizes stomach acid. This bacteria is typically acquired in childhood and can persist throughout life if not treated. H. pylori infection is common worldwide and is associated with various gastrointestinal disorders, including stomach cancer. In South Africa, diagnosis is made through stool or biopsy tests. Treatment

  Nutritional psychiatry is a rapidly growing field that explores how our diet impacts our mental health. It's all about understanding that what we eat doesn't just affect our bodies—it also has profound effects on our brains and mood.  There are a few diets that have been studied for their impact on mental health, including a Modified Mediterranean Diet. However, in this blog I will address the Modified Ketogenic Diet which