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Can diet and exercise alone solve all your woes? Probably not but they can help.

In this podcast, Carlene shares an email she received from a mental-health group that espouses all Carlene has been telling people for years. And it is researched based.

Fruits, veggies (especially greens), walking and gratitude have all been shown to increase wellbeing.

All these years working with obese women at has shown us just how true this is. Now even the non-obese, non-dieters can benefit from all that was learned and is now validated by scientific research.

This is an email I received from

Struggling with mental health issues? Try these 6 natural remedies.

Having a mental health issue can make you feel hopeless. Alongside talk therapy, and possibly medication, there are a number of things you can do yourself to help manage symptoms. Simple adjustments to your behaviors such as physical activity, lifestyle, and eating habits can be effective at managing the symptoms of some mental health issues.

Try some of the tips below and see how they make you feel.

Go for a stroll

You knew we were going to say that, right?! What you might be more surprised to learn is that you don’t need to train for a marathon or do crossfit-jujitsu-bootcamp three times a day to get the benefits of exercise. A massive research study tells us that even a simple 30 minute stroll can have mental health benefits.

Be grateful (while on that stroll)

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is a world-renowned researcher and expert on gratitude. Studies that he has led have shown that when facing trauma, adversity, or suffering, people with a grateful disposition will often recover more quickly. There are a number of techniques you can try including journaling, asking yourself specific questions, and mantras. Check out this short lecture from Dr Robert.

Supplement your diet

Sometimes it’s hard to work out what’s true and what’s not when it comes to supplements. We’ve searched the net for research-backed supplements that have been shown to be safe and, for some people with mental health issues, effective:

  • For Depression: Some studies suggest that St. John’s Wort might be as effective as antidepressant therapy.
  • For Anxiety and Panic: Preliminary research suggests that CBD supplements have significant potential to reduce anxiety and panic.

…and eat your greens

A study from Australia in 2016 found improvements in mental well-being following increased intake of fruit and vegetables. The science isn’t settled but researchers are increasingly certain of a direct, causal link between the consumption of fruit and vegetables and psychological well-being.

Keep track

It’s easy to lose sight of our mental health in the hustle and bustle of everyday life but keeping track can really benefit you. Use an app, a Word document, or even just a notebook to jot down a few lines about how you are feeling each day.

Talk it through

The very act of verbalizing your feelings has been proven to have therapeutic effects (which puts the truth to the saying, “A problem shared is a problem halved’). Find a friend, family member, or faith leader and talk through how you are feeling. Don’t have someone to speak with? Online counseling has been shown to be just as effective as face-to-face counseling while being more affordable and convenient.