The New Brain Nutrition Blog

  • Gut_Microbes and Mental Health

    The Gut-Brain Axis: How intestinal bacteria effect mental health

    Recently, the idea that gastrointestinal microbiota are able to affect host behaviour is gaining momentum and it is based on studies conducted with animal models but also in humans with neurological disorders. However, the mechanisms that underlay this complex interplay between gut, brain and microbiota are not completely understood. Here we
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  • Elimination Diet

    ADHD and Elimination Diet

    In every classroom approximately two children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They struggle with attention problems and hyperactive and impulsive behavior. This has negative consequences for these children. For example, they can have difficulties learning, it puts them at risk for other psychiatric problems,
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  • breastfeeding and early nutrition

    Importance of Early Life Nutrition

    As described in my previous blog post (Nutrition, Gut Microbiota and Behavior, 4th of April), I will investigate the association between nutrition, gut microbiota and behavior. One of the main focuses within my research is to investigate the association between early life nutrition, gut microbiota development and inhibitory control within
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  • Food Choices cartoon

    Food and Beverage Related Decisions in a Day

    How many total food-and beverage-related decisions do you make in one day? Have a guess! You reckon more than 15 decisions per day?! Congratulations! You are closer than the average (14.4) of 139 participants who were asked exactly the same question in a study by Wansink and Sobal (2007). However, you might still be far off. Let’s have a
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  • frog and butterfly

    Genetic basis of risk-taking behavior and its relation to mental and physical health

    What makes some of us more likely to drive over the speed limit, participate in extreme sports or make decisions that can impact health over time? Risk-taking behavior has distinct subtypes (for example disinhibition, sensation seeking, calculated risks, impulsivity) that develop due to the complex interplay of different factors: our lifestyle
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  • obesity

    Food Addiction and Obesity

    Food is addictive. It has been an addiction that has kept mankind alive for thousands of years. Today, hunger is no longer a problem in the developed world; it is quite the opposite. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8
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  • young boy and microphone

    Nutrition, Gut Microbiota and Behaviour

    The reason why I look at impulsive behavior is because mental disorders are the single largest contributors to disease burden in Europe. Impulsivity and compulsivity increase the risk of psychiatric disorders, especially Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, alcohol and drug abuse disorders, conduct disorder and antisocial disorders
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  • The Gut-Brain Axis

    The Gut-Brain Axis: How the Gut Relates to Psychiatric Disorders

    The human gut is colonized by microorganisms in a similar number as the cells of the human body. "Microbiota" refers to these microorganisms, and it maintains a symbiotic relationship with the host, contributing to essential functions such as food digestion, energy harvest and storage, the function of the intestinal barrier, and the
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    ADHD and Food Elimination Diet

    It must have been mid-October 2017 that Oliver (8 years of age) and his family were referred to us by one of our co-workers. “Parents would like to know more about a dietary intervention for Oliver’s ADHD as opposed to medication. Oliver is falling behind at school due to attention difficulties and impulsivity. In addition to that, he has
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  • Nutrition and mental health

    Nutrition and the Mental Health Crisis

    Nutrition as part of the solution to the mental health crisis! Mental illness affects one in five people globally and, despite the wide availability of solid empirically supported therapies, these statistics are not getting any better. We appear to have reached an impasse improving outcomes, despite improvements in other areas of medicine.
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