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Mental health is impacted by a number of factors, including environmental influences, genetics, and diet. 1  Consuming foods rich in the following nutrients contributes to mental wellness and may help those experiencing mild depressive symptoms. If you are experiencing more severe symptoms such as thoughts of harming yourself or others, please seek medical attention immediately. 
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As more and more evidence shows that naturopathic medicine is an effective tool on its own or in conjunction with conventional medical care, many people are integrating visits to naturopathic doctors (NDs) into their regular healthcare regimen. 1 2  If you are new to naturopathic medicine, here is what you can expect from the ND-patient relationship and why it is so crucial in yielding effective treatment.
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When you think of probiotics, the first thing you probably think of is gut health, but recent studies show that probiotics can also have a major positive impact on oral health. It makes sense, since the oral cavity is part of the digestive system. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) will often suggest the consumption of probiotics and foods rich in other dental-friendly nutrients in order to treat and prevent oral diseases like gingivitis, tooth decay and periodontitis, as well as to improve overall oral health.
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Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is integral to many processes in the body. It helps to improve mood and memory, regulate sleep, and is an important factor when treating a variety of disorders including depression, anxiety, bulimia nervosa, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 1  In addition to improving mood, serotonin strengthens immunity and improves digestion, so those who are not experiencing mood issues also benefit from actively seeking out serotonin boosters. 2  3 There are a number of ways to naturally boost your serotonin levels in order to improve your mood, help your memory, reduce insomnia, increase immunity, and more.
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Menopause is caused by the cessation in production of estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries, which results in the end of menstruation.1 Women who have undergone a hysterectomy with the removal of their ovaries will undergo immediate menopause. However, for most, this is a gradual process, and brings with it a variety of symptoms that can negatively impact daily life, including insomnia and other sleep issues, hot flashes, mood disorders, cognitive decline, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction. 2 Women going through menopause are also more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes, so taking care of your health during this time is crucial. 3 
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“The sky is the limit with naturopathic medicine. You really can choose any path you like.” Dr. Jaquel Patterson shares what drove her decision to become a licensed naturopathic physician and her road to success.
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